Current research projects

The Mediatized Home III: Contrasting Household Studies on Drivers of Dynamic Mediatization

The project aims at analyzing how dynamic processes of digital mediatization are initiated particularly within the home. For this purpose, the media use will be traced within households where mainly digital media are used and where classical media only have minor relevance. This research interest builds upon insights from the previous projects “The mediatized home I” and “The mediatized home II”.

The Mediatized Home II: A Qualitative Panel Study about the Change of Domestic Communication Cultures
(11/2012 - 10/2014) - Prof. Dr. Jutta Röser

The project aims at looking at the change of domestic communication cultures in a process-oriented manner. It is based on the understanding that the digital mediatization of the home is becoming more and more dynamic because of the internet and other media.

Cyberbullying at schools
(10/2012 - 09/2015) - Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt

The project aims to analyze the phenomenon of cyberbullying, especially looking at its influencing factors, its patterns and its effects on adolescents.

The Public and the Performance of Universities
(08/2012 - 07/2015) - Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski / Prof. Dr. Matthias Kohring

Analysis of discourses in social media
(05/2012 - 04/2015) - Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt

Through social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs, the opportunities for public communication have expanded. Journalistic "gatekeeper" on the Internet are no longer the central mediator of topics and opinions.

The Media for Democracy Monitor 2010
(05/2012 - 09/2012) - Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

The German study gathers and analyses secondary data about key parameters of the media system and conducts interviews with journalists of leading German media outlets (Print, Radio, Television, Internet) and with delegates of media trade unions and journalistic associations.

The Mediatized Home: Changes of Domestic Communication Cultures
(11/2010 - 06/2013) - Prof. Dr. Jutta Röser

The aim of the project is to analyze the changes of domestic communication cultures that can be linked to the mediatization of the home, and to grasp these changes as a process.

The Role of the Media in the Politics of Nanotechnology
(06/2010 - 12/2010) - Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

The project analyses the media coverage of nanotechnology of the German, Swiss and Austrian media.

The social fabric of virtual life
(01/2010 - 12/2014) - Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt

Through the EU excellency program “Starting Independent Researcher Grants" the European Research Council (ERC) has positively evaluated a proposal by Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, recommending it for a grant of 1.84 million Euro.

Cleavages, governance and the media in European metropolitan areas
(10/2009 - 09/2013) - Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

The project will focus on two sets of research questions, relating to (a) the responsiveness of metropolitan policies, i.e. the ways in which preferences and demands are aggregated into policy decisions with an urban regional scope, and (b) the accountability of metropolitan policy-making, i.e. the extent to which responsibility for policy outcomes at that level are attributed to those who actually made the decisions.