Institute of Political Science

Melanie Nagel

Forschungsinstitut für Arbeit Technik und Kultur
Haußerstraße 43
72072 Tübingen


 Phone +49(0)7071-29-78386


Short Biography

Melanie Nagel is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the BMBF- founded project "Common public goods. The political organization of infrastructure provision in the regulatory state." In three selected policy arenas - ambulatory health care in rural areas, urban housing and provision of clean air - the project team interrogates the changing role of the state in the provision of these fundamental goods, their contemporary political contestation and the role of subaltern groups within these debates. Melanie Nagel studied Public Policy and Management at the University of Konstanz and received her doctorate there in 2014 on the topic "Polarization in political discourse. An analysis of dynamic knowledge and discourse networks by the example of "Stuttgart 21" (published 2016 by VS Springer). This was followed by lectureships at the University of Applied Sciences “Hochschule für Technik” (Public Administration), among others. From 2016 to February 2020 she worked as a research assistant and postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Material Theory of the State in teaching and in the research project "The Influence of Science on Politics: An Analysis of the Knowledge Infrastructure in the Field of Climate Policy in Japan and Germany". In the winter semester 2018/19 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona at the School of Government and Public Policy.

Her research interests are primarily in the areas of network research, policy studies, especially environmental and infrastructure policy, discourse (network) analysis, urban policy, and common goods.

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Nagel, M. (2020): Vom „blauen Himmel über der Ruhr“ bis zur „Dieselabgasaffäre“. Entwicklung der Luftreinhaltepolitik in Deutschland.

Nagel, M. & Schäfer, M. (2020): Netzwerke der Corona Kontroverse – gibt es das noch? Ein erster Blick in die Presse. In: Stegbauer, C. & Clemens, I. (Hrsg.) Corona Netzwerke – Gesellschaft im Zeichen des Virus. Wiesbaden: VS Springer.

Nagel, M., Kenis, P., Leifeld, P., Schmedes, H.-J. (Hrsg.) (2020): Politische Komplexität, Governance von Innovationen und Policy-Netzwerke. Festschrift für Volker Schneider. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Nagel, M. & Satoh, K. (2020): Weltpolitische Dynamik und polarisierte Diskurse: Eine Analyse von Makrostrukturen der Kulturen durch eine „Global Map of Ideas” In: Nagel, M., Kenis, P., Leifeld, P., Schmedes, H.-J. (Hrsg.) Politische Komplexität, Governance von Innovationen und Policy-Netzwerke. Festschrift für Volker Schneider. Wiesbaden: Springer.

2020 Novotný, V., Satoh, K. & Nagel, M. “Refining the Multiple Streams Framework’s Integration Concept: Renewable Energy Policy and Ecological Modernization in Germany and Japan in Comparative Perspective”, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 1–19

2020 Bossner, F. & Nagel, M. “Discourse Networks and Dual Screening: Analyzing Roles, Content and Motivations in Political Twitter Conversations”, Politics and Governance, 8 (2) in press

2019 Nagel, M., Stark, M., Satoh, K., Kaip, E. & Schmitt, M. “Diversity in Collaboration: Networks in Urban Climate Change Governance” Urban Climate, 29, 100502.

2019 Nagel, M. & Satoh, K. “Protesting Iconic Megaprojects: a Discourse Network Analysis of the Evolution of the Conflict over Stuttgart 21.” Urban Studies, 56(8), 1681-1700 

2017 Lelong, B., Nagel, M. & und Grabher, G. “Political Deadlock: A Network Analysis of Decision Processes in Urban Politics.” Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences 2017: 133–149

2017 Lelong, B. & Nagel M. „Stadtpolitik aus der Netzwerkperspektive. Analysen urbaner Politikprozesse in Hamburg, Mönchengladbach und Stuttgart“, RaumPlanung 189 / 1- 2017, 14-22

2017 Lelong, B. & Nagel, M. „Netzwerkanalyse in der Stadtforschung“ Publikation in der Zeitschrift Soziologie, Jahrgang 46, Heft 1, 2017, 40-43

2016 Nagel, M. „Polarisierung im politischen Diskurs. Eine Netzwerkanalyse zum Konflikt um „Stuttgart 21““ Wiesbaden: Springer

2009 Nagel, M. „Wissenstransfernetzwerke. Eine netzwerkanalytische Bewertung der Effektivität von intraorganisationalen Wissenstransfernetzwerken“ In: Schneider, V., Janning, F., Leifeld, P., & Malang, T. Politiknetzwerke. Modelle, Anwendungen und Visualisierungen. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, S. 326-352