Research and Projects

The Chair of Comparative Politics and Public Policy researches and works on different topics of comparative political science, policy analysis and political communication. Current third-party funded projects are, among others:

ProAcTA: Programmatic Action in Times of Austerity. Elites´Competition and Health Sector Governance in France, Germany, the UK and the USA

  • Duration: 4/2018 - 3/2021
  • Funding: German Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG BA 1912/3-1) and French Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR-17-FRAL-0008-01)
  • Comments: "Programmatic Action in Times of Austerity" (ProAcTA) is a joint French-German research project on comparative health policy. Our study examines the role of programmatic elites who shape policy content and reform in France, Germany, the United Kingdom (England), and the United States.
  • Realization: Research of programmatic elites in the health policy sector of France, Germany the UK and the US between 2008 and 2018. Special Focus on the French and German health policy sector by Johanna Hornung (doctoral candidate), Nils C. Bandelow (PI), Colette S. Vogeler and research assistants in Braunschweig.
  • Link: ProAcTA

QuartierMobil: Persistenz und Dynamik im Quartier (Persistency and Dynamics in Urban Quarters)

  • Duration: 9/2017 - 8/2020
  • Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Comments: Inter- and transdisciplinary partnership with the Department of Human Geography at Goethe-University, Frankfurt and the cities Darmstadt and Frankfurt and two urban planning offices
  • Realization: Development of sustainable mobility in existing and emerging urban quarters, Consultation and research of the policy process by Derk Trei (doctoral candidate), Jasmin Rychlik (doctoral candidate), Nils C. Bandelow (PI), Colette S. Vogeler and research assistants in Braunschweig.
  • Link: QuartierMobil

Joint project "Escalation Research on the Communication of Large Infrastructure and Construction Projects"

  • Duration: 10/2014 - 9/2017
  • Funding: VolkswagenStiftung
  • Comments: Interdisciplinary cooperation with jurisprudence, constructional engineering, pedagogic psychology and social psychology
  • Realization: social scientific sub-project, cross-sectional project and position of spokesperson at our chair
  • Link: Escalation Research


  • Duration: 4/2016 - 3/2020
  • Funding: VolkswagenStiftung
  • Comments: Interdisciplinary cooperation with architecture, geoecology, business informatics fluid mechaniscs and constructional engineering
  • Realization: Sub-project "Governance"
  • Link: Metapolis

"DemoVE"- Demokratie verstehen und erleben (Understanding and Experiencing Democracy)

  • Duration: 4/2017 - 3/2018
  • Funding: BMBF/Teach4TU
  • Comments: Innovative E-Learning teaching project in cooperation with the Institute for Educational Sciences
  • Link: coming soon

Evaluation Project on the Success of Regional Educational Measures

  • Duration: since 2009
  • Funding: regional educational sponsors
  • Comments: Development of indicators to compare educational institutions, analysis of regional MINT offerings, evaluation of career orientation measures, evaluation of single projects

Sustainable Governance Indicators

  • Duration: since 2008
  • Funding: BertelsmannStiftung
  • Comments: Regional coordination of Northwest Europe
  • Link: SGI