New podcast! How do social movements move in pandemic contexts? Examining climate justice mobilizations in times of COVID-19 [WZB podcast]
by Beth Gharrity Gardner and Michael Neuber

Michael Neuber earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin in 2017. His research was also advanced through affiliations with the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California Irvine, and with the Universität Potsdam. His work focuses on political conflict, social inequality, the sociology of the body, and visual approaches to the study of social movements, with particular attention to the visual representation of protest. Michael’s current research projects examine mobilization dynamics related to to the issues of climate change and climate justice issues.

Current project: 

Sociology of Climate Change and Social Conflicts

Goal: Climate change has already substantially altered the human living conditions, with more changes to follow in the near future. However, the impact of climate change on the social dynamics of societies is vastly unexplored. The objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a Sociology of Climate Change by examining the dimension of social conflicts related to the changing environmental conditions associated with climate change. The focus of the project is the study of the conditions, processes, and outcomes of political mobilization as an expression of social conflict.

Research and teaching interests: social movements, political conflicts, environmentalism, populism, sociology of the body

Methodological expertise: protester surveys, digital content analysis, visual analysis, ethnographic research



Eichinger, Michael, Myriam Bechtoldt, Inga Thao My Bui, Julius Grund, Jan Keller, Ashley G. Lau, Shuyan Liu, Michael Neuber, Felix Peter, Carina Pohle, Gerhard Reese, Fabian Schäfer and Stephan Heinzel (2022): Evaluating the Public Climate School – A School-Based Programme to Promote Climate Awareness and Action in Students: Protocol of a Cluster Controlled Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 19 (13), pp. 1-14.

Neuber, Michael (2022). Mainstreaming the radical right? The ambiguous populism of the Corona Street Protest in Germany. (preprint). Open Science Framework. doi: 10.31219/

Neuber, Michael; Antje Daniel; and Beth Gharrity Gardner (2021). Protesting for the Future in Pandemic Contexts: Comparing Participants in Fridays For Future Climate Protests in Austria and Germany. Open Science Framework (OSF), doi: 10.31219/

Gardner, Beth Gharrity & Neuber, Michael (2021): Fighting Every Crisis in the Wake of Covid-19: Shifting Grounds for Mobilization among Fridays for Future Protesters in Germany (preprint). Open Science Framework (OSF), July 24, 2021. doi: 10.31219/

Gardner, Beth Gharrity & Neuber, Michael (2020): Climate Justice in a Populist Era: Grievance Politicization Among Fridays for Future Protesters in Germany. Leviathan 48 (35), pp. 173–204.

Neuber, Michael; Kocyba, P.; Gardner, Beth Gharrity (2020): The same, only different. Die Fridays for Future-Demonstrierenden im europäischen Vergleich. In: Sebastian Haunss & Moritz Sommer (Ed.): Fridays for Future – Konturen der Massenproteste zum Klimawandel, transcript: Bielefeld, pp. 67-93.

Sommer, Moritz; Haunss, Sebatian; Gardner, Beth Gharrity; Neuber, Michael; Rucht, Dieter (2020). Wer demonstriert da? Ergebnisse von Befragungen bei Großprotesten von Fridays for Future in Deutschland im März und November 2019. In: Sebastian Haunss & Moritz Sommer (Ed.): Fridays for Future – Konturen der Massenproteste zum Klimawandel, transcript: Bielefeld, pp. 15-66.

Neuber, Michael (2020). „On fire“ für einen Green New Deal Naomi Kleins Vision zu Wegen aus der Klimakrise, Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 33 (1), pp. 382-386.

Neuber, Michael & Gardner, Beth Garrithy (2020). Germany. In: Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag and Michiel De Vydt (Eds.). Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20-27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world., pp. 117-138.

Moor, Joost de, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, Michiel De Vydt, Paul Almeida, Beth Gharrity Gardner, Piotr Kocyba, Michael Neuber, Ruxandra Gubernat, Marta Kołczyńska, and Henry P Rammelt (2020): Introduction: Fridays For Future – an expanding climate movement. In: Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, and Magnus Wennerhag (Eds.). Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20- 27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world, pp. 6-33.

Daphi, Priska; Kocyba, Piotr; Neuber, Michael; Roose, Jochen; Rucht, Dieter; Scholl, Franziska; Sommer, Moritz; Stuppert, Wolfgang; Zajak, Sabrina (2015): Protestforschung am Limit. Eine soziologische Annäherung an Pegida. [Protest research at its limits. A sociological approach to PEGIDA], ipb working papers, Berlin: ipb.

Translation to German: Vouchez, Antoine (2014): Transnationale Expertenfelder als schwache Felder. Der Entwurf des ersten Weltgerichtshofs und die Entstehung eines internationalen Expertentums. Berliner Journal für Soziologie, 24 (2).

Neuber, Michael (2014): Choreografie des Protesthandelns. Körper als Medium politischen Protests [Choreography of Protest Action: The Body as a Medium of Political Protest]. In: Bohnsack, Ralf; Fritzsche, Bettina; Wagner-Willi, Monika (Ed.): Dokumentarische Video- und Filminterpretation. Methodologie und Forschungspraxis. Barbara Budrich: Opladen & Farmington Hills, pp. 413-442.


Neuber, Michael (2018): Commedia del Conflitto. Der Körper als Medium das Protesthandelns. [Commedia del Conflitto. The Body as a Medium of Protest Action]. doctoral thesis, Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Neuber, Michael (2008): Solidarität und Sozialstaat. Über soziale Mechanismen staatlich organisierter Wohlfahrt [Solidarity and the Welfare State. On the Social Mechanisms of State Organized Welfare]. master thesis, Saarbrücken: VDM.