Tom Sauer
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Tom Sauer M.A.

Research Associate


Tom Sauer was working as a research associate in the field of “Comparative Politics and European Integration” under the direction of Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt from May 2021 until April 2023. His research there includes the topic of hydrogen governance. In addition to research, he was active in teaching in the summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/2022.

During his studies at the University of Mannheim and the Technical University of Darmstadt, he worked as a student assistant at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Research interests

  • Empirical social research
  • Party research
  • Populism research
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Governance of the Energy Transformation
05/2022 – 04/2023 Research associate in the BMBF-funded Kopernikus-project „Ariadne“
05/2022 – 12/2022 Research associate in the mission eHUB within the LOEWE Centre emergenCITY
05/2021 – 04/2022 Research associate in the project „Socio-technical Evaluation of Combined Heat, Power and Cooling Systems for the Building Sector“ (Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt), TU Darmstadt
10/2018 – 04/2021 M.A. Governance and Public Policy, TU Darmstadt
Master thesis “Die Alternative für Deutschland – gespaltenes Land oder spaltende Partei? Eine Analyse.”
01/2019 – 04/2021 Student assistant in the projects „German Longitudinal Election Study“ (GLES) and „Family Research and Demographic Analysis“ (FReDA), GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
06/2017 – 12/2018 Working student „Data Science and Machine Learning“, sovanta AG
09/2014 – 09/2018 B.A. Political Science (Major) and Psychology (Minor), Mannheim University
Bachelor thesis „Der Einfluss von Terroranschlägen auf die Wahlabsicht am Beispiel Deutschlands“
04/2016 – 05/2017 Student assistant in the project „German Longitudinal Election Study“ (GLES), GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences