Online Seminar

Politics during the Covid crisis: Policy research approaches and empirical findings
Type of seminar:
online seminar
Eligible for participation:
Students enrolled in MA Political Science - Governance and Participation
Online, Moodle
Moodle; video conferences (Adobe Connect or Zoom); details will be disclosed after registration
24/02/2021 to
Wed., 24/02/21, 18:00 - 20:00: Introduction
Fri., 12/03/21, 18:00 - 21:00: Analyzing political measures in crises: Concepts and approaches
Fri., 26/03/21, 18:00 - 21:00: Initial empirical results
Sat., 27/03/21, 9:00 - 12:00: Research questions & designs
Dr. Sonja Blum
Dr. Thomas Vogelpohl
Registration deadline:
filled to capacity
Registration procedure:
Registration for this seminar has been closed. Students already registered will be informed in early December whether they can participate or receive a place on the waiting list.
Contact for further information:
Email: Dr. Sonja Blum , Phone: +49 2331 987-4624
Email: Dr. Thomas Vogelpohl
Maximum number of participants:
Requirements for credit:
Active participation and presentation. To prepare your presentation, please allocate time for further online elements individually.


The “Covid-crisis” challenges the political system and institutions (polity), political processes (politics) as well as political measures and regulations (policy) and raises at times fundamental issues. At the same time, such crises or external shocks open potential windows of opportunity which can be exploited by political actors to further political measures that have been on the agenda for a long time, from pop-up bicycle lanes at the municipal level up to expansive spending programs at the national or supranational level. How can such political processes and decisions during the covid pandemic be conceptualized and analyzed from a political science perspective?

This is the question we want to address in this seminar, approaching politics during the covid crisis both as an empirical phenomenon and as an object of policy research. The first part of this online seminar gives a short introduction and then provides an overview over the range of policy research approaches and concepts, demonstrating the perspective and instruments that can be applied to grasp an event like the covid crisis conceptually. In addition, the results of recent empirical studies in policy research on the covid crisis are presented to demonstrate and discuss the empirical application of these approaches to this topic.

This focus also provides the framework to familiarize ourselves with research questions, theoretical approaches, and designs in policy research. In this second part of the online seminar, participants and faculty cooperate to develop and discuss potential research questions and routes of inquiry in the context of the covid crisis. This part provides particularly relevant practice for written papers and theses (not only in the context of covid policies), as the online seminar reinforces key skills of scientific writing in policy research.

Registration procedure

Registration is no longer open. At the beginning of December, already registered students will be informed individually whether they can participate or receive a place on the waiting list.