Nadine Meidert


Teaching and Learning


Dr Nadine Meidert

I am head of the Simulation Game Lab at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Prior to that I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Sociology also at the Zeppelin University, senior research fellow at the University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, and administrative staff member and doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Furthermore, I am a freelance lecturer and CEO of  Konvena UG (haftungsbeschränkt), a company which offers support in evaluation and research projects.


My main research interest is political sociology with a focus on political partcipation, attitudes, and identity. Another research field I am interested in is trust in organisations. Since data quality matters to me, survey research has developed as another of my favorite research fields.

Elff, Martin / Meidert, Nadine (2019) : Soziale Identi kation vs. running tally: Der Einfluss des politischen Kontextes auf die Ausformung einer Parteiidenti kation, in Steinbrecher, Markus / Bytzek, Evelyn: Identitat, Identi kation, Ideologie. Wiesbaden: Springer

Wiemann, Meike / Meidert, Nadine / Weibel, Antoinette (2018): „Good“ and „Bad“ Control in Public Administration: The Impact of Performance Evaluation Systems on Trust in the Employer, in Public Personnel Management online first.

Haer, Roos / Meidert, Nadine (2014)Undisclosed Privacy: The Effect of Privacy Rights Design on Response Rates, in Survey Practice 7(2).

Haer, Roos / Meidert, Nadine (2013)Does the fi rst impression count? The impact of web surveys’ welcome screen on response rates, in Survey Methodology 39(2): 419-434.

Meidert, Nadine / Nebel, Kerstin (2013): Moralpolitik am Beispiel von Einstellungen zum Schwangerschaftsabbruch in Deutschland. Eine vergleichende Längsschnittstudie von Gesellschaft und politischen Akteuren, in Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 3(1): 79-104.

Meidert, Nadine (2018): Merton (1950): Patterns of Influence, in Holzer, Boris / Stegbauer, Christian: Schlüsselwerke der Netzwerkforschung: S. 403-406. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Weibel, Antoinette / Schafheitle, Simon / Meidert, Nadine (2018): „Evidenzbasiert entscheiden. Wie sich HR-Manager Forschungsergebnisse zunutze machen können“ Zeitschrift für Führung und Organisation 87(3): 158-163.

Meidert, Nadine / Meidert, Moritz / Haer, Roos (2016): „Die Umfrage ist anonym …“ Zur Formulierung von Datenschutzhinweisen in wissenschaftlichen Onlineumfragen, in Soziologie 45(4): 448-460.

Bossaert, Goele / Meidert, Nadine (2013)“We Are Only as Strong as We Are United, as Weak as We Are Divided” a Dynamic Analysis of the Peer Support Networks in the Harry Potter Books, in Online Journal of Applied Sciences 3(2).

Meidert, Nadine (2013)Selektion oder Einfluss? Dynamische Analyse der Wirkungsmechanismen von politischen Einstellungen und Partizipation in studentischen Freundschaftsnetzwerken, Dissertation at the University of Konstanz.

Meidert, Nadine / Nebel, Kerstin (2013): Moralpolitik am Beispiel von Einstellungen zum Schwangerschaftsabbruch in Deutschland. Eine vergleichende Längsschnittstudie von Gesellschaft und politischen Akteuren, in Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 3(1): 79-104.

Meidert, Nadine (2008)Ursachen für Moral.Determinanten der Einstellungen zu wertbasierten Politikfeldern, Master thesis at the University of Konstanz.

Consiglio, Valentina / Meidert, Nadine (2018, September): Policy-Informationen und Einstellungen gegenüber Asylbewerbern. Der moderierende Einfluss von politischem Wissen. DVPW-Kongress. Frankfurt, Germany.

Consiglio, Valentina / Meidert, Nadine (2018, April): Policy Information and the Attitude towards Asylum Seekers.. MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.

Elff, Martin / Meidert, Nadine (2017, May): Politische Identifikation und Politischer Kontext: Der Einfluss von Parteisystemformat und Regierungszusammensetzung auf Parteiidentifikation und ideologische Links-Rechts- Selbsteinordnung. Tagung des Arbeitskreises Wahlen und politische Einstellungen. Frankfurt, Germany.

Meidert, Nadine (2017, April): Linking Partisanship and Political Context: The Impact of Party System Characteristics on Individual Party Identification. MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.

Wiemann, Meike / Meidert, Nadine / Weibel, Antoinette (2017, February): ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ control in public administration: How differing implementations of performance appraisal and reward systems impact cooperative climate and employee trust in the employer. 41st Workshop of the WK ORG. Hamburg, Germany.

Meidert, Nadine (December, 2016): Politische Partizipation in studentischen Freundschaftsnetzwerken. Der Einfluss von Heterogenität und Netzwerkgröße. Der Stand der Netzwerkforschung. Darmstadt, Germany.

Meidert, Nadine (2016, September): Einfluss von Merkmalen des Parteiensystems in den deutschen Bundesländern auf die individuelle Parteiidentifikation. 3-Länder-Tagung. Heidelberg, Germany.

Nebel, Kerstin / Preidel, Caroline / Meidert, Nadine (2014, April): You can’t be everyone’s darling. Public opinion and morality policy change. MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.

Weibel, Antoinette / den Hartog, Deanne / Gillespie, Nicole / Searle, Rosalind / Meidert, Nadine / Wiemann, Meike (2013, Juli): How do controls impact trust in the employer? 29th Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). Montréal, Canada.

Meidert, Nadine (2013, May): Homophily and Influence in the Formation of Political  Attitudes. XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Hamburg, Germany.

Meidert, Nadine (2011, November): Homophily and Influence. Political Opinion Formation Processes in Dynamic Social Netoworks. Posterpräsentation, Rational Choice Sociology: Theory and Empirical Applications. Venice, Italy.

Meidert, Nadine (2016, September): In addition to the GLES data, I also used German Bundeslaender data, which you can download here.

Bossaert/Meidert 2013: You find both data and a R-script example for RSiena here.

Haer/Meidert 2013: The data set and the Stata dofile can be downloaded. Due to data protection, some variables are missing in the data set.

Meidert 2013: Since the data collected in my dissertation project is very extensive and sensitive, it cannot be completely released. Parts of it can be given to you on request.


Dr. Nadine Meidert

Head Simulation Game Lab at Zeppelin University

Postal address
Am Seemooser Horn 20
88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany

Office address

ZF Campus
Am Fallenbrunnen 3
88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany
Office: 2.61

Teaching and Learning

My teaching experience mainly lies in the field of both qualitative and quantitative social research methods. I also teach courses in political sociology. In my courses, I focus on an active knowledge transfer. In small reserach projects students learn to understand the research process and to use research methods.

Especially in my methods classes, I encourage students to learn more on data analysis depending on their needs and reserach interests. The courses Data Camp offers are therefore great because they allow students to learn methods they need in their own speed.

Additionally, I offer workshops on learning techniques and time management at universities.

Selection of previous seminars and lectures

• Political sociology (German) (Seminar at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen)
• Qualitative methods (German) (Seminar at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen)
• Quantitative methods (German) (Seminar at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen)
• Concepts and methods of evaluation (German) (Seminar at the University of Konstanz)
• Impact of social structures on political attitudes and participation (German) (Seminar at the University of Konstanz)
• Study and learning techniques (German and English) (Workshop at the University of Konstanz)
• Tutor for Statistics and Data Analysis with Stata (German and English) (University of Konstanz)



Simulations of the United Nations (Model United Nation) become more and more popular among pupils and students. A counterpart to the General Assembly of the United Nations now was the Council of Constance from 1414 to 1418. In the 15th century, this event brought both religious as well as lay dignitaries to the former bishop city on the shores of Lake of Constance: The idea of creating a simulation like those of the United Nations with the background of the Council of Constance was born. Further information you find here (in German only):