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Melanie Nagel

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Lecturer, University of Tübingen


Melanie Nagel is a political scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tuebingen with a strong focus on (discourse) network analysis and other mixed-method approaches. She is organizing and teaching since 2015 the method school POLNET at the University of Konstanz and other universities such as the IBEI in Barcelona, the University of Arizona or the Karls University in Prague. Melanie Nagel recently organized and hosted the international COMPON workshop on Climate Change Policy Networks at the University of Tuebingen in March 2023 and published in numerous high-impact scientific journals such as Social Networks, PLOS climate, Environmental Sciences Europe, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Politics and Governance, Urban Studies und Urban Climate.

Background and education

  • (2023) Habilitation (venia legend in Political Science), University of Tübingen, Germany
  • (2014) Doctorate in Political Science, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • (2004) Diploma in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • German Association of Network Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Netzwerkforschung DGNet)
  • German Association of Political Science (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft DVPW)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)


Research projects

Selected publications

  • Nagel, Melanie; Schäfer, Martin

    2023.Powerful stories of local climate action. Comparing the evolution of narratives using the "narrative rate" index.Review of Policy Research,Special Issue Local Climate Governance
  • Nagel, Melanie; Satoh, Keiichi; Henry, Adam

    2023.Network Analysis of Scientific Advisory Committee Integration in Climate Change Policy: A Comparison of Germany and Japan.PLOS climate,LinkLogo open access
  • Nagel, Melanie.2022.Verkehr und saubere Luft: ziemlich beste Feinde.Bürger & Staat, Öffentliche Infrastrukturen. Die politische Gestaltung der vernetzten Gesellschaft,Heft 1/ 2-2022:50-55Link
  • Satoh, Keiichi; Nagel, Melanie; Schneider, Volker

    2022.Organizational Roles and Network Effects on Ideational Influence in Science-Policy Interface: Climate Policy Networks in Germany and Japan.Social Networks,Special Issue "Anthropogenic Climate Change"
  • Nagel, Melanie; Bravo-Laguna, Carlos

    2022.The debate on air pollution in the EU multi-level system: A discourse network analysis.Environmental Sciences Europe,34: 62
  • Nagel, Melanie; Schäfer, Martin

    2021.Polarisierung und politischer Diskurs in Zeiten von Corona.Bürger & Staat, Polarisierung. Gespaltene Gesellschaft(en) im Zeichen von Pandemie und Populismus,Heft 4-2021, 71:222–228
  • Bossner, Felix; Nagel, Melanie

    2020.Discourse Networks and Dual Screening: Analyzing Roles, Content and Motivations in Political Twitter Conversations.Politics and Governance,8 (2)
  • Novotný, Vilem; Satoh, Keiichi; Nagel, Melanie

    2020.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. DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2020.1770089
  • Nagel, Melanie; Satoh, Keiichi

    2019.Protesting Iconic Megaprojects: a Discourse Network Analysis of the Evolution of the Conflict over Stuttgart 21.Urban Studies,56(8):1681–1700
  • Nagel, Melanie; Stark, M; Satoh, Keiichi; Kaip, E; Schmitt, M

    2019.Diversity in Collaboration: Networks in Urban Climate Change Governance.Urban Climate,29, 100502

Research interests

Policy networks and discourses in the context of environmental politics and sustainability governance:

  • Policy networks and sustainability governance
  • Quantitative and qualitative social science methods for case study research
  • International research collaborations and inter and transdisciplinary approaches
  • Discursive negotiation processes in environmental policy networks
  • Local, national and multilevel governance of air pollution regulation
  • Local climate change governance
  • Policy-science nexus in scientific advisory committees and organizations (in Japan and Germany) in climate policy
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