Mareike zum Felde

Mareike zum Felde

Scientific employee (PhD candidate)

Klagenfurter Straße 8
D-28359 Bremen Building OEG,
Room 3730

Phone: 0421 218 66645


  • Political strategies and actors of the transformation in Poland
  • Higher education policies in the context of welfare and economic policies
  • Parliamentary debates and party positions on higher education in Poland since 1989

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Since May 2019, Mareike zum Felde is a scientific employee and PhD Candidate in the working group of Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther at the University Bremen. Before she finished the Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich with a major in comparative political systems (M.A. 2019). In her dissertation Mareike zum Felde deals with post socialist elites in Poland and a case study on debates about higher education policies since 1989. She is an active member of the German Association for East European Studies (DGO).

Academic education and degrees

since  09/2023

PhD comnpletion grant provided by the FAZIT foundation

since 09/2019

Affiliated Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Scoial Sciences (BIGSSS).

since 05/2019

Doctoral Researcher, Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change / Research Centre for East European Studies (University of Bremen), BMBF-  Research Project „Obstacles to modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR“ (Head: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, University of Bremen)

04-06/2018Cooperation on the “German-Polish Barometer 2018“ at the Instytut Spraw Publicznych (Institute of Public Affairs), Warsaw

11/2017 - 01/2020

Research Assistant at the Collegium Carolinum – Research Institute for the History of the Czech Lands and Slovakia (Dr. Jana Osterkamp)

10/2016 - 04/2019

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies

Major: Comparative Political Systems with a Focus on Eastern and Central Eastern Europe

Minor: East and Central East European History

Title of MA Thesis: Between Government Requirements and Individual Decisions: Analysis of the Development of Selected Curricula and Textbooks for History Lessons with regard to the Presentation of Poland

Degree: Master of Arts

08-11/2015Internship at the German Embassy in Warsaw
09/2014 - 01/2015

Semester abroad at the University of Southern Denmark, Department for Border Region Studies


Internship at the German Public-Service Television (ZDF), Warsaw

09/2012 - 10/2016

Bachelor in European Administrative Management

Hochschule Harz (University of Applied Sciences)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts


Since 05/ 2019


Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR

Project lead:: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther (University of Bremen)

Sub-project 7: Strategies and Actors of Economic Transformation

Duration: 48 months

Project start: 01.12.2018

Founded by: BMBF

Project consortium: University of Bremen, Technical University of Berlin, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Europauniversität Viadrina

Academic Presentations


30/09 - 02/10

28. Tagung der Jungen Osteuropa-Expert*innen, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Presentation: Zwischen Humboldtschen Idealen und Innovationsstrategien: Parteipolitische
Positionen zur Hochschulpolitik in Polen von 1989 bis 2019.

23/09 - 24/09

Conference “Transformationsforschung: Polen und Ostdeutschland im Vergleich”, European Solidarity Center, Gdansk, Poland

Presentation: Zwischen Humboldtschen Idealen und Innovationsstrategien: Parteipositionen zur Hochschulpolitik in Polen

31/08 - 03/09

General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (Online)

Presentation: Party positions on higher education in a state with a fluid party system


Research colloquium of the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies (Frankfurt/Oder)

Presentation: Higher education policies in Poland 1989-2020: Pursuing economic policies, satisfying social needs and strengthening national independence?


05/03 - 08/03

5. Kongress Polenforschung, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg

Presentation: Zwischen staatlichen Vorgaben und individuellen Entscheidungen.
Eine Analyse ausgewählter Lehrplan- und Schulbuchkonzeptionen im Hinblick auf die Darstellung Polens im Fach Geschichte


26/08 - 30/08

4th International Summer School for Russian and Eurasian Studies des FRESH (The Finnish-Russian Network in Russian and Eurasaian Studies in Scoial Science and Humanities), Orilampi, Finland

Presentation: Ideas and Actors in Innovation Policies in Poland: Catching up after socialism?


  • Cordes, Charlotta/ zum Felde, Mareike/ Pleines, Heiko (forthcoming in 2023): The question of legacies: Socialist elites in post-socialist transformations. East Germany's elites from a comparative perspective (1990-2020). In: Roadblocks to the Socialist Modernization Path and Transition. Evidence from East Germany and Poland. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • zum Felde, Mareike (2023): Polish debates on higher education in the Sejm and party manifestos. Data set available online in the repository Discuss Data:                                                                                                                           
  • zum Felde, Mareike/ Großehabig, Kristina (2017): Dem einen fließt sie links, dem anderen rechts. In: Grenzen im Fluss. Magazin des 13. Jahrgangs des Elitestudiengangs Osteuropastudien der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und der Universität Regensburg, 24-28.                                                                         

Further Information

Member of the German Association for East European Studies  (DGO)

06/2020-02/2022 Speaker of "Junge DGO - regional group Bremen"

since 06/2020 founding member of the "Junge DGO - regional group Bremen" (local DGO section)

07/2019-02/2022 Member of the working group communications of the DGO