Gesa Mayer. Sociology.

Gesa Mayer is a graduated sociologist (Diploma) and holds a Master degree in Higher Education (MHEd). She is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Hamburg and member of staff of the Hamburg University of Technology.

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?

Gesa Mayer is working on a Sociology of Desire that combines empirical qualitative research with post-structuralist and queerfeminist perspectives. She is a member of the Network Critical Relationship Research.

Scientific lines of 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 Interpretative Social Research, methodologies of interview conduction and interpretation, Deconstructive Discourse Analysis.


Didactics of Higher Education.

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