Our main research interest is in analyzing the structures and dynamics of communication in public spheres under the conditions of digitalization and datafication. We study how public issues emerge, from which perspectives they are publicly debated and interpreted, and how these processes have changed with new media. A special focus is on the areas of political communication as well as science communication.
We are particularly interested in analyzing and understanding the emergence of dynamic macrophenomena of public spheres such as waves of public attention, public opinion and social protests. We study these phenomena in the framework of complexity research by adopting and adapting innovative computational methods (such as network analysis, text and data mining as well as agent-based modeling and simulation) and combining them with conventional methods of empirical research.