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.

International Summer School 2018 „Trust in mediated communication“

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In collaboration with the Research Training Group, the Michigan State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Department of Communication ist hosting the 4th International Summer School “Trust in mediated communication”. From May 29th to June 3rd 2018 the Summer School will provide advanced training for PhD students.  All submissions must be received by 11:59pm Central European Time (CET = UTC/GMT +1) on December 8th, 2017. For more information, see the Call for Participation or the website of the Department of Communication.

Leading anti-doping researcher: "The whole system is based on mistrust towards the athletes"

Prof. Dr. Andrea Petróczi is DFG-Mercator Fellow at the research training group "Trust and Communication"
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As its first DFG-funded Mercator Fellow the graduate school invites the world renowned expert for anti-doping and Professor for Public Health, Prof. Dr. Andrea Petróczi of Kingston University. In this interview she talks about her research cooperations with Prof. Dr. Bernd Strauß und his PhD students, her long lasting relationship with the research training group and explains why trust is not a specific topic of anti-doping research but why it's important nonetheless.