Gesa Mayer. Sociology.

PhD in Sociology and master's degree in Higher Education (MHEd), teacher at Hamburg University of Technology, care worker, musician, member of the Network Critical Relationship Research, polyqueerfeminist, and many other things.

I did my doctorate with an empirical study on consensual non-monogamy, which is currently under preparation for being published.

Focus of research: intimate relationships

Why and how do people live and love as couples, in open and/or polyamorous relationships?

What do monogamous and non-monogamous ways of living have to do with social discourses, norms, power and gender relations?

How accepted, discriminated, and/or emancipatory are 'alternative' models of relationships and family beyond the hetero- and mononormative couple relationship?

I am working on a Sociology of Desire that combines empirical qualitative research with post-structuralist and queerfeminist perspectives.

Lines of scientific work


Relationships, Desire, Gender.

esp polyamory, non-monogamies, mononormativity, constructions and deconstructions of sexuality and gender.


Discrimination, Ableism, Inclusion.

esp dis*abilities, social psychiatry, intersectional discrimination, empowerment.


Qualitative Social Research.

esp Grounded Theory, methodologies of interview conduction and interpretation, Interpretative Subjectivation Analysis.


Didactics of Higher Education.

esp teaching in methods of qualitative research and projects, Research-Based Learning, Challenge-Based Learning, ePortfolios.