Gesa Mayer. Sociology.

Sociologist (Dipl.-Soz.) and Master of Higher Education (MHEd).

PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg.

Staff of Hamburg University of Technology.

Main interest 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' relationship and family types beyond the hetero- and mononormative couple relationship?

Gesa Mayer is working on a Sociology of Desire that combines qualitative empirical research and post-structuralist perspectives (Foucault, Deleuze/Guattari, Derrida, QueerFeminist Theory...). 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, learning by researching  ("Forschendes Lernen"), ePortfolios.