- journalism, misinformation/disinformation and politics;
- strategic communication in EU and transnational organisations;
- crisis communication
- theoretical considerations on the concept of the public sphere (resilience, public opinion formation, digitalisation);
- digital news media: methods for data collection and analysis (software-assisted content analysis, social media data shifting and analysis, coding schedules, inter-coder reliability, research ethics)
I am a political sociologist with a specialism in media and communication, with over 10 years of experience in basic research projects. My work currently focuses on four topics:
- the impact of post-truth politics on democratic public spheres (Jean Monnet Network, PTP – Post-Truth Politics, Nationalism and the (De-)Legitimation of European Integration, co-coordinator WP3);
- the of EU correspondents in a changing European Union (EU3D – EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy, co-coordinator WP4, Task 2: Media assessment);
- EU legitimacy claims in Brexit news and parliamentary debates (BENCHMARK – Benchmarking Brexit: Norway and the legitimacy of UK-EU relations after Brexit);
- experts, expert knowledge and construction of political legitimacy in news and social media (REFLEX – Democracy and Expert Rule: The Quest for Reflexive Legitimacy)
I hold a Ph.D. in Political Communication from Loughborough University, UK, where the subject of my doctoral dissertation was 'The role of the Internet in the European Union’s public communication strategy and the emerging European public sphere'.
Prior to joining ARENA, I held the position of post-doctoral researcher at the International Research Network on European Political Communications (EurPolCom), Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK.