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Rüdiger Goldschmidt


Research Associate
Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies


+49 711 685 83945
+49 711 685 82487

Seidenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart


Rüdiger Goldschmidt is a sociologist and has comprehensive expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research and integrative research, including meta analysis. His substantial research activities at ZIRIUS are focused on *deliberation and participation, *attitude research on technologies and risks, but also *sustainable development, including CSR. He is an expert in the fields of *science and risk communication, *acceptance development as well as *knowledge transfer and development. In his dissertation, he developed a criteria system for the evaluation of deliberative participatory events. This work benefitted from his broad experiences in the field of *evaluation, including research on large national and international participatory initiatives such as Meeting of Minds, European Citizens’ Consultation, World Wide Views I, II, III, etc. Most of his projects require  interdisciplinary cooperative thinking and working. He works as a lecturer at the university, a consultant for organisations and also chairs events.

Selected Publications:

Schäfer, H. & Goldschmidt, R. 2010: Corporate social responsibility of large familyowned companies in Germany. In: Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 11, No. 3

Goldschmidt, R. & Hennen, L., & Knapp, M. & Quendt, C. & Brachatzek & Renn, O. 2012: Deliberating or Voting? – Results of the Process Evaluation of German WWViews. In: Rask, M. und Worthington, R. und Lammi, M.: Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance. London: Earthscan. p. 89-106

Goldschmidt, R. 2014: Kriterien zur Evaluation von Dialog- und Beteiligungsverfahren. Konzeptuelle Ausarbeitung eines integrativen Systems aus sechs Metakriterien. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (Springer Fachmedien)

Rüdiger Goldschmidt; David Tomblin & Mikko Rask 2015: The role of gender in global citizen deliberation. In: Mikko Rask and Richard Worthington, eds., Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation, London: Routledge (peer reviewed). p. 130-151 

Goldschmidt, R. 2017: Selection of participatory formats as success factor for effective risk communication and decision-making processes. Conclusions from a systematic empirical format comparison. In: Journal of Risk Research (article)


Rüdiger Goldschmidt is a graduated sociologist. He studied methods of empirical social research and industrial sociology as main subjects and psychology and business administration (business studies) as minor subjects at TU Chemnitz. Early he evolved an interdisciplinary perspective on issues such as labour, cooperation, organization and technology. He was active in research and teaching very early.

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