Caja Thimm (chair)

Caja Thimm (PhD) holds a chair in ‘Media Studies and Intermediality’ at the University of Bonn, Germany. She has done extensive research on social communication on the web, e-learning and e-democracy and taught as a visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara (USA), University of Cardiff (UK), and as a professeur invité at the Université de Bourgogne Dijon (France). She also served as a member of various political committees, such as the State Enquete Commission on “New Media and State Responsibility” and “Trust in Digital Media”.

Caja Thimm was head of the research program “Deliberation Online” (2010-2016) and is now coordinator and principal investigator of the collaborative research program on “Digital Society“ (2017-2022). Her publications include: “Political Campaigning During the EU Elections 2014”, “Digital Public Sphere and Mini-Publics”, “Hate Speech as Destructive Online Culture”, and “Digital Society, Datafication and Online Participation.”


Göran Bolin (vice-chair)

Göran Bolin is professor in Media & Communication Studies at the Södertörn University, Sweden.

His most recent work is summarised in Value and the Media: Cultural Production and Consumption in Digital Markets (Ashgate, 2011), and in the edited volume Cultural Technologies. The Shaping of Culture in Media and Society (Routledge, 2012). Information on articles and book chapters, some of which are downloadable, can be found on


Rita Figueras (vice-chair)

PhD in Communication Studies from the UCP – Catholic University of Portugal. Lectures Political Communication and Sociology of Communication on the B.A. in Communication Studies, Media and Politics on the M.A. in Communication Studies and Digital Asia on the M.A. in Asian Studies. On the PhD program in Communication Studies, she lectures Communication Studies and Advanced Methodologies as well as Communication Studies on UCM PhD in Communication Studies.


Cindy Roitsch

Matthias Berg

Former Members of the Management Team

Nick Couldry

Nick Couldry (former vice-chair) is Professor of Media, Communication and Social Theory in the Department of Media and communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

He is author or editor of various books including „Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice“ (Polity 2012) and „Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism“ (Sage 2010).

Andreas Hepp

 Andreas Hepp, is Professor for Media and Communication Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany.

He is head of the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the university of Bremen and one of the initiators of the priority program „Mediatized Worlds“ (coordinator: Friedrich Krotz). Recent publications include „Medienkultur. Die Kultur mediatisierter Welten“ (2011, VS Verlag, English translation in preparation).


Stig Hjarvard

Stig Hjarvard, is Professor at Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is initiator of the research priority area „The Mediatization of Culture“ at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Recent publications include „The Mediatization of Religion: Enchantment, Media and Popular Culture“ (Northern Lights, Film and Media Studies Yearbook 2008, Intellect).


Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone (former vice-chair), is Professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

She is head of the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recent publications include „Children and the Internet: Great Expectations and Challenging Realities“ (2009, Routledge).