Welcome to the Research Training Group 1712/2 “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World”

The research training group examines how trust can be developed and maintained under the conditions of new forms of communication. Digitized means of communication change the structure and sustainability of trust because firstly, familiar face-to-face communication is replaced by digitized interactions, secondly, virtual social and office networks emerge and finally, because new forms of relationships between the public, organisations and individuals develop. The postgraduate programme analyses the consequences of these processes for the establishment of trust relationships by the example of four prototypical areas: media, economy, science and sports.

On the basis of specific trust problems identified for these fields of research, the doctoral researchers investigate questions of trust at three levels of analysis: individuals, organisations and the public sphere. In order to examine the concepts of trust and communication in the overlapping research areas and dimensions, scholars from the field of communication studies, economics, information systems, psychology and sports science will cooperate within the framework of the interdisciplinary research programme. Using several social science methods (such as experiment, interview, content analysis, observation, artifact design) the Research Training Group thereby studies individual, organisational and social trust-building processes. Besides generating empirical results, the aim of the postgraduate programme is to offer new methodological insights (e.g. development of new scales, testing of research designs, etc.) and to provide a theoretical foundation for the disparate field of trust research.

© Bettina Distel

Fragile Trust? Perspectives and Challenges in a Digitized World

The DFG Research Training Group welcomed three renowned trust researchers as part of the Late Autumn School 2019

The DFG Research Training Group "Trust and Communication in a Digitized World" has organized a Late Autumn School on current topics, findings and projects of trust research for the sixth time. From November 21 to November 23 we welcomed the renowned researchers Prof. Dr. Martin W. Bauer (London School of Economics and Political Science), Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zurich) and Dr. Lisa van der Werff (Dublin City University). Throughout the Late Autumn School they not only gave exciting insights into their research with their three public keynotes, but also valuable feedback to our colleagues.

© Verena König

Isabelle Freiling receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

PhD student will conduct her research for four months at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

Her application was convincing: Isabelle Freiling receives a prestigious Fulbright scholarship within her PhD program at the Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World”. This grant enables her to go as a visiting scholar to the Department of Life Sciences Communication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) from mid-January to mid-May 2020.