Dr. Rüdiger Goldschmidt

Rüdiger Goldschmidt

Research associate and project leader


+49 177 269 6287
goldschmidt [at] dialogik-expert.de

Current projects

Completed projects (selection)

  • Evaluation of the Meeting of Minds project (first trans-national deliberative participatory initiative in Europe) on behalf of the King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels
  • Evaluation of the European Citizens‘ Consultations Project (first European deliberative participatory initiative with participants from all European member states) on behalf of the King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels
  • „Wissen und Nachhaltigkeit“ on behalf of the Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie Baden-Württemberg

Professional focus

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

Professional experience and qualifications

Professional career

  • Since February 2004: (Senior) researcher position: Project coordination, project management, lecturer – at University Stuttgart; ZIRIUS at University Stuttgart (until 2012: ZIRN); DIALOGIK
  • Since 2013: Consultant and free lecturer – among others ETH Zurich, BOSCH  
  • January 2003 – November 2003: researcher position – Technical University Chemnitz,  Chair in media psychology and media sociology

Academic education and degrees

  • Dr. rer. pol., economic and social sciences, dissertation at Universität Stuttgart in January 2014, appraisers: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Renn and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dolata
  • Degree in Sociology with subsidiary subjects: psychology as well as economics at Technical University Chemnitz (10/1996-03/2003)

Selected publications

  • Rüdiger Goldschmidt (2017): Selection of participatory formats as success factor for effective risk communication and decision-making processes. Conclusions from a systematic empirical format comparison, Journal of Risk Research, Online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/ 13669877.2017. 1304975.
  • Goldschmidt, R., Tomblin D. and Rask, M. (2015): The role of gender in global citizen deliberation. In: Mikko Rask and Richard Worthington, eds., Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation, London: Routledge, p. 130-151, peer reviewed.
  • Goldschmidt, R. (2014): Kriterien zur Evaluation von Dialog- und Beteiligungsverfahren: Konzeptuelle Ausarbeitung eines integrativen Systems aus sechs Metakriterien. Wiesbaden: VS Springer.
  • Goldschmidt, R., Hennen, L., Knapp, M., Quendt, C., Brachatzek, N., and Renn, O. (2012) ‘Deliberating or Voting? – Results of the Process Evaluation of German WWViews’, in Rask, M., Worthington, R. and Lammi, M. (ed.) Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance, London: Earthscan.
  • Schäfer, H. u. Goldschmidt, R. (2010): Corporate social responsibility of large family-owned companies in Germany. In: Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 11, No. 3.