• Research focus

    • Online-communication and interactive media
    • Innovative media research
    • Digital games
    • Online-journalism
  • Short CV

    Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, * 1971, is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Münster.

    He was holding the Chair of Online Communication and Interactive Media at the University of Hohenheim from 2009-2012, where he also served as the Director of the Institute of Communication Studies in 2012. From 2007-2008, he was an Assistant Professor of journalism research at the Free University Berlin, where he also served as a Guest Professor in 2006. Furthermore, he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at various other universities, including the LMU Munich, the Berlin University of the Arts, and the Technical University Ilmenau. "He was also a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Oxford, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a visiting scholar at the Indiana University, Bloomington.“

    He (co)published more than 100 scientific articles and several books. His work was awarded with several scientific prizes, including various Top Paper Awards and the dissertation award of the DGPuK. He’s currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication, and an Executive Board Member of ECREA.  His research and teaching fields include online communication, media innovation research, digital games and journalism. 

  • Memberships

  • Current reasearch projects

    PropStop (05/2016 - 04/2019)

    PropStop is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that aims at studying hidden propaganda disseminations via online media, in order to identify and prove accordant attempts. Throughout the project an interdisciplinary team of statisticians, communication scientists, IT-security researchers, journalists and IT-security companies works together. Besides a large-scale examination of propaganda characteristics online, huge quantities of public opinion statements in different areas of the digital public sphere will be analyzed for repeated semantic and technical patterns. The insights gained throughout the project will be used to enhance our detection of massive, hidden propaganda attacks, to develop technologies to identify these attacks, and to improve our abilities to verify propaganda attacks. Real-time simulations of massive hidden propaganda attacks will provide meaningful insights into the transdisciplinary applicability of the gained findings.

    The Internet and Mental Health (05/2016 - 04/2018)

    Groundbreaking technologies change not only our daily lives and habits but also affect our perceptions, feelings, communication structures, and self image.  Never before, however, has the discussion of the impact of a technological development on mental health been as intense as it has been since the introduction of the internet. One would expect psychiatric experts to take the lead in this discussion.  At present, most of the commentary by psychiatrists and psychologists seems to be as influenced by their own attitudes towards modern technology as it is by empirical data and scientific insight.  There are reasons for this.  While one need not look far for inflammatory discussions of „internet addiction,“ a scientific debate amongst psychiatric professionals on this topic is seldom to be found.  Despite the fact that many of the accusations found in the media about internet use can be disproven, they continue to enjoy great popularity.

    Research Training Group 1712/1 “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” (04/2012 – 09/2016)

    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.

  • Completed reasearch projects

    Analysis of discourses in social media

    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 goal of the project network is to develop an automated analysis process and evaluate it. The process should be implemented in the form of tools for the analysis of online discourses.

    The social fabric of virtual life: A longitudinal multi-method study on the social foundations of online gaming (SOFOGA)

    The reviewers and the expert panel ranked the five year project, The Social Fabric of Virtual Life: A Longitudinal Multi-Method Study on the Social Foundations of Online Gaming (SOFOGA) as being "outstanding" – the highest evaluation given. Starting in January 2010 a broad analysis of the real-world and game-world experiences of online gamers will be made possible with the support of the ERC. This multi-method project, with a dedicated six-member research team, will be implemented at the Universität Münster.

    Cyber bullying at schools

    The project aims to analyze the phenomenon of cyberbullying, especially looking at its influencing factors, its patterns and its effects on adolescents. Following a multi-level approach, not only the personal level but also structural and systematical factors will be considered. In a longitudinal perspective, dynamics of the cyberbullying process will be analyzed.

  • Latest Publications

  • Latest presentations

    • Boberg, S., Wintterlin, F., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., & Quandt, T. (2019, September). How to reach the participation utopia? Journalistic participatory formats between aspiration and everyday experience. Paper presented at the 7th Biennial Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff.
    • Boberg, S., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., Wintterlin, F., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Buzzword „fake news“ - Analyzing how commenters of a leading news forum use the term fake news via automated content analysis. Paper presented at the Convention of the International Communication Association, Washington.
    • Boberg, S., Wintterlin, F., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Between Threat and Panic: Journalists’ Experiences With Covert Propaganda Attacks Before and During the Federal Election in Germany. Paper presented at the Convention of the International Communication Association, Washington.
    • Frischlich, L., Boberg, S., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., Wintterlin, F., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Zur Bedeutung von Personenmerkmalen und Mediennutzungsmustern für die Konfrontation mit Hate-speech und die persönliche Viktimisierung im Netz [The relevance of personality features and media use patterns for the confrontation with hate speech and victimization on the net]. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the DGPuK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikations­wissenschaft), Münster.
    • Reer, F., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Computerspielsucht kommt selten allein. Eine repräsentative Befragungsstudie zur problematischen Nutzung von digitalen Spielen und Social-Media-Diensten [Computer games addiction rarely comes unaccompanied. A representative survey on the problematic use of digital games and social media]. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the DGPuK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikations­wissenschaft), Münster.
    • Reer, F., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Investigating problematic social media and game use in a nationally representative German sample. Paper presented at the Convention of the International Communication Association, Washington.
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, T.,Boberg, S., Frischlich, L., Wintterlin, F., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Titel vs. Themen: Thematische Gemeinsamkeiten von journalistischen Artikeln und den dazugehörigen Nutzer*innenkommentaren [Title vs. topics: Thematic commonalities of journalistic articles and the corresponding user comments]. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the DGPuK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikations­wissenschaft), Münster.
    • Wintterlin, F., Frischlich, L., Boberg, S., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Die Rolle der BürgerInnen in der Desinformationsordung: Wer verstärkt Fake News? [The role of citizen in the disinformation order: Who is amplifying fake news?] Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the DGPuK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikations­wissenschaft), Münster.
    • Wintterlin, F., Frischlich, L., Boberg, S., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., Reer, F., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Corrective actions in the information disorder. Presumed influence and the countering of distorted information. Paper presented at the Convention of the International Communication Association, Washington.
    • Quandt, T. (2019, April). Are video games addictive? Theoretical considerations and empirical findings. Invited lecture at the Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    • Quandt, T. (2019, April). Dark participation. Theoretical considerations, empirical findings. Invited lecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    • Quandt, T. (2019, March). Are video games addictive? Theoretical considerations and empirical findings. Invited lecture at the IT University, Copenhagen.
    • Boberg, S., Frischlich, L., Wintterlin, F., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., & Quandt, T. (2019, February). Between overload and indifference. Detection of fake accounts and social bots by community managers. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg.
    • Frischlich, L., & Quandt, T. (2019, February). The markets of manipulation: The trading of social bots on clearnet and darknet markets. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg.
    • Reer, F., Wehden, L.-O., Janzik, R., & Quandt, T. (2019, February). Süchtig nach dem Smartphone? Eine Repräsentativbefragung zu Verbreitung und Korrelaten problematischer Smartphone-Nutzung in Deutschland [Addicted to the smart phone? A representative survey on the diffusion and correlates of problematic smart phone use in Germany]. Paper presented at the annua meeting of the Reception and Effects Research Divison of the DGPuK (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikations­wissenschaft), Mainz.
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, T, Boberg, S., Wintterlin, F., & Quandt, T. (2019, February). Use and assessment of sources in conspiracy theorists’ communities. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Wintterlin, F., Frischlich, L., Schatto-Eckrodt, T., Boberg, S., & Quandt, T. (2019, Februrary). Manipulation attempts during the German federal election 2017. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg.

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