Welcome to the German Politics Specialist Group!

The German Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA) is an international, non-profit network of researchers who work on all aspects of German politics.

We promote research on the government, public policy, political thought and contemporary political history of Germany. The free membership of our group is open to academics and practitioners with expertise and interest in German politics. Through our events and network we aim to provide a focus for contemporary, innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations. 


Key aim: to foster the study of German politics

A key aim of our group is to encourage the development and professional integration of early career researchers in the field of German politics. We actively encourage young researchers to take part in our events.


Key aim: to offer expertise on German politics

A further aim of our Group is to offer expertise and experts on German politics. For this purpose, we have put together an expert and expertise register on our dedicated website - please visit to find out more.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

Contact Us

Hartwig Pautz

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of the West of Scotland


Josefin Graef

Role: Convenor and Communication Officer
Institution: --


Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Leeds


Ivor Bolton

Role: Convenor and Treasurer
Institution: University of Birmingham


John Callahan

Role: Convenor
Institution: New England College


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Group Events

Specialist Group event
30 Sep

Four days after the German federal election, three experts will share their thoughts on the results and their implications for German-UK &...

2:00pm-3:00pm BST