About me

Short ver­si­on: Till Wes­ter­may­er (born 1975) is a socio­lo­gist (M.A., 2001, Albert-Lud­wigs-Uni­ver­si­ty, Frei­burg) and poli­ti­cal acti­vist with the Ger­man Green Par­ty, Bünd­nis 90/Die Grü­nen (e.g. as spea­k­er of the Fede­ral Working Group on Sci­ence, Tech­no­lo­gy and Hig­her edu­ca­ti­on poli­ci­es from 2007 to 2019, and sin­ce 2021 as co-chair of the local par­ty in Gun­del­fin­gen). Sin­ce Sep­tem­ber 2011 he works as „Par­lia­men­ta­ry Advi­sor“ for Bünd­nis 90/Die Grü­nen in the Baden-Würt­tem­berg sta­te par­lia­ment. Until Decem­ber 2018, his respon­si­bi­li­ties included the fields of sci­ence and res­arch poli­cy, hig­her edu­ca­ti­on, arts and cul­tu­re, media and inter­net poli­cy. Sin­ce Janu­ary 2019 he is the Par­lia­men­ta­ry Advi­sor for Stra­tegy and Fun­da­men­tal issues for the par­lia­men­ta­ry par­ty in Baden-Württemberg.

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I grew up in a green alter­na­ti­ve fami­ly. The youth envi­ron­men­tal move­ment was ano­ther not quite unim­portant fac­tor in my socia­li­sa­ti­on (as were two poli­ti­cal organ­zia­ti­ons, Grün-Alter­na­ti­ve Jugend and JungdemokratInnen).

My poli­ti­cal foun­da­ti­on is left-libe­ral and eman­ci­pa­to­ry (in a broad sen­se): free­dom, demo­cra­cy and civil rights are cen­tral, but to make use of this rights, poli­tics has to ask ques­ti­ons of jus­ti­ce and fair­ness. And finds an ans­wer in the idea of a basic inco­me as way to secu­re cul­tu­ral, socie­tal and poli­ti­cal par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in late modern socie­ties. To make indi­vi­du­al free­dom poli­ti­cal­ly pos­si­ble means to rebut deep-lay­ing pre­ju­di­ces (e.g. about the idea that women and men are dif­fe­rent). Final­ly all free­dom is use­l­ess if our pla­ne­ta­ry basis of life will be des­troy­ed. Thus we need poli­ti­cal eco­lo­gy. I find both ide­as in the agen­da of the green par­ty, thus I am invol­ved the­re in various functions.

I have stu­di­ed socio­lo­gy (as major, with com­pu­ter sci­ence and psy­cho­lo­gy as minors) in Frei­burg, whe­re I live with two kids, even if I work in Stutt­gart. Befo­re beco­ming con­sul­tant for the green par­ty in the sta­te par­lia­ment, I work­ed as socio­lo­gist in various third-par­ty fun­ded pro­jects, and I star­ted a PhD pro­ject. Topics I find inte­res­t­ing include socio­lo­gy of ever­y­day life and the theo­ry of prac­ti­ce, (sus­tainable) styl­es of living, urba­ni­ty, uto­pi­as, new media, tech­no­lo­gy, and gen­der. Fit­ting with the­se rese­arch inte­rests I spend time with rea­ding ambi­tious sci­ence fic­tion. Or with the inter­net. I also wri­te a bit and take photographs.

Final­ly: to wri­te „Till Wes­termeyer“ is wrong, but nowa­days Goog­le is intel­li­gent enough to find me nevertheless ;-)

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Last updated: Sep­tem­ber 16th, 2023

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