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 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 Academia.edu.
Olivier Driessens, is LSE Fellow in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).
His research focuses on media sociological questions on visibility, attention and promotion and how these are embedded in wider processes of change, particularly mediatisation and celebritisation. His work has been published in journals such as Theory and Society, Media Culture and Society and European Journal of Communication.
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).
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).
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).