Faculty of Social Sciences


  • Department of Communication
    • Univ.-Prof. Hajo Boomgaarden, PhD

      Research focus:
      Hajo Boomgaarden’s research focusses on various aspects of political communication, such as election campaigning, the role of social media for political participation, misinformation and knowledge resistance, media and its interaction with migration within and beyond Europe, or on wider issues of how digitalisation (re)shapes democracy. Methodologically there is a focus on various computational methods, ranging from text analysis to networks or simulation models. Yet all empirical types of projects are welcome. Another strand of research is interested in modality effects, looking at digital reading practices and their consequences as well as virtual reality.

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    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Dienlin

      Research Focus:
      Media psychology, media effects, social media use, privacy, well-being, open science

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    • Univ.-Prof. Folker Hanusch, PhD

      Research Focus:
      Prof Hanusch’s research deals with all areas of journalism studies. Specific foci lie in comparative journalism studies, journalistic culture, journalistic boundary work, audience expecations of journalism, lifestyle journalism, Indigenous journalism.

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    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler

      Research Focus:
      Members of the Political Communication Research Group study the interaction between political elites, media, and citizens. We are specifically interested in understanding how and under which conditions political elites communicate with citizens, what role media organizations and journalists play in the political communication process, and how citizens process elite and journalistic communication. We use a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methods to develop and test theories that help understand the quality of political communication in democracies today. At the moment, we are particularly interested in the role of disinformation and emotion, as well as identity and group behaviour in digital democracies.

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    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

      Research Focus:
      Digital media;
      social media;
      youth and digital media use;
      children and digital media use; media and terrorism;
      media effects;
      media psychology;
      political communication

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    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Wilhelm

      Research focus:
      Main research focus:
      • Digital communication
      • Media use and effects, especially digital games and gender aspects
      • Digital Visibility
      • Children, Adolescents and Media

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  • Department of Demography
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Government
    • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger

      Research Focus:
      In general: Comparative Politics
      In particular: Political Competition, Political Behaviour, Electoral Democracy and Elections, Governments and Coalitions.

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    • Assoz.Prof. Dr. Carolina Plescia

      Research Focus:

      Electoral politics, voting behaviour, democratic representation, digital democracy.

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    • Assoz.Prof. Christopher Wratil

      Research Focus:

      European and EU politics, democratic representation, public opinion and political behavior

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  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

      Research Focus:
      Anthropology of the Built Environment
      Remote Areas
      Climate Change
      Indigenous Movements
      Cultures and Identities
      History of Anthropology
      Arctic and Subarctic
      former Soviet Union
      I will only supervise candidates whose research interests are close to mine.

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    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Sanderien Verstappen

      Research Focus

      • Urban studies
      • Anthropology of mobility
      • Anthropology of cycling
      • Urban and environmental activism
      • Visual and multimodal anthropology
      • Ethnographic film
      • Migration and transnationalism
      • Community and belonging
       • Regional focus on global Asia, and Europe

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  • Department of Sociology
    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Emma Dowling

      Research Focus:

      social change;
      social movements;
      sociology of work;
      care work, care regimes and social reproduction;
      financialisation, feminist political economy.

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    • Univ. Prof. Yuri Kazepov

      Research Focus:
      My research portfolio covers several urban and environmental relevant themes adding a territorial dimension to the analysis of citizenship, environmental issues, youth transitions, migration, poverty, … I address mainly issues at the intersection between multilevel governance arrangements and citizenship. The research projects I have been involved in from the very beginning of my career have always been characterized by two aspects: 1) interdisciplinarity; 2) comparativeness. Whenever possible I tried to investigate poverty, social policies, environmental issues, inequality and segregation, social assistance, activation policies, scalar configurations and multilevel governance, adopting a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods embedded in the understanding of the working of institutional settings. Funding comes predominantly through competitive procedures at international (European) level.

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