Research Projects

Members of the Computational Communication Science Lab (CCL) are involved in a range of third-party funded research projects.


The EU-funded H2020 project OPTED - 'Observatory for Political Texts in European Democracies: A European research infrastructure', is a design study with 17 involved research institutions. The design study lays the foundation for an infrastructure that will serve a major hub for political text analysis in Europe. Among the objectives of the infrastructure are scientific community building, the extension of text analysis tools, and learning materials for social scientists, the broader public and journalists.

The Project is coordinated by Hajo Boomgaarden and carried out with 17 academic partner institutions. Hajo Boomgaarden, Annie Waldherr and Fabienne Lind (University of Vienna) lead the work package 'Journalistic political texts', which will provide an extensive overview about main sources, publicly available data collections,and methods specifically designed to obtain and work with journalistic, mass mediated political texts.
Duration: 1 Oct 2020 – ongoing (3 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI + COO), Fabienne Lind
Project Website: CCL Project Website
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020


The project "Youth Skills" (Co-PI: Hajo Boomgaarden) is funded by the European Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation. "Youth Skills" (ySkills) started in January 2020. It examines the risks and opportunities of ICT use among children and young people and their digital skills in terms of cognitive, physical, psychological and social well-being. The project, which will run for 48 months, is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Leen D'Haenens (KU Leuven) and carried out with 15 academic partner institutions. Hajo Boomgaarden and Hyunjin Song lead the central methodological work package "Explanatory and Foresight Modelling", in which advanced and innovative analysis strategies are applied to "ySkills" data and simulation studies.

Duration: 1 Jan 2020 – ongoing (4 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Hyunjin Song
External Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020

Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences and Cures

"Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences, and Cures" is a multi- and interdisciplinary research programme funded by the independent Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ).
The main goal of this interdisciplinary program is to investigate the nature and causes of knowledge resistance. Resistance to knowledge is the failure to absorb knowledge that is generally available. A central hypothesis is that knowledge resistance is the result of a complex interaction between emotions, cognition, social interaction and information flow. This means that an appropriate investigation of the phenomenon necessarily requires an interdisciplinary approach. The program is divided into four interconnected work packages:

I. Fundamental questions on the nature of knowledge resistance,
II. the motivational roots of resistance to knowledge,
III. possible consequences of knowledge resistance for the democratic process, and
IV, the role of media, media use and media trust.

Together with Jesper Strömbäck (PI), Yariv Tsfati and Rens Vliegenthart, Hajo Boomgaarden will lead the work package "The role of media, media use and media trust". The project has a duration of six years (2019-2025).

Duration: 6 years
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden, Noelle Lebernegg
: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond


"Migration-Related Risks Caused by Misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement (MIRROR)", funded by the European Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation, started on June 1, 2019. MIRROR has the overall objective of developing a methodology for a comprehensive inter-media analysis of the perception of Europe by irregular migrants, uncovering discrepancies between perception and reality in Europe and raising awareness of their implications.
The project is carried out by a consortium of 14 European institutions under the leadership of Leibniz Universität Hannover (total funding amount: five million euros). Hajo Boomgaarden, together with Jakob-Moritz Eberl, will address questions about the role of media and communication before, during and after the experience of irregular migration. In addition, a special focus will be laid on how irregular migrants perceive the European Union. This concerns the knowledge they have about, among other things, legal immigration possibilities, asylum laws and border controls, and from where they obtain this information.

Duration: 1 Jun 2019 – ongoing (3 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Maria Gruber, Fabienne Lind
External Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020

Books on Screen

The interdisciplinary project "Books on Screen" is conducted by Hajo Boomgaarden, together with Günther Stocker from the Institute of German Studies at the University of Vienna. This project examines the consequences of digitalisation for literary experience. More and more books are being read on screens such as e-readers, tablets or smartphones. However, little is known about the effects of this mediality on literary experience at the present time. The Books-on-Screen project addresses the question of how the literary experience changes when such texts are no longer read in the form of a printed book but via a screen. Specifically, the reception of literary texts of varying complexity will be investigated on the basis of a series of experiments.

Duration: 1 Jun 2019 – ongoing (3 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Lukas Brandl, Annika Schwabe
Funding: Austrian Science Fund

Tango on a Tightrope

The project "Tango on a Tightrope: An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in EU Crisis Management" deals with the interaction of media and politics in Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK during the last ten years – a period characterised by ongoing crises of the European Union. Based on the concept of mediatisation, this media-politics "tango" will be explored relying on agenda-setting and framing approaches, as well as insights from crisis management research. We analyse press releases of "crisis managers" (executives) as well as a wide range of media contents (national and regional daily newspapers, TV) with automated content analysis.
'Tango on a Tightrope' is a Hertha-Firnberg project conducted by Olga Eisele (PI). An extension project on the case study of Austria is funded by the Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank (PI: Hajo Boomgaarden) and started in November 2019 (duration: 2 years).

Duration:  1 Oct 2018 – ongoing (3 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Olga Eisele (PI), Tobias Heidenreich
External Website: Researchgate Project Website
Funding: Hertha-Firnberg Program of the Austrian Science Fund, Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank


The three-year project "Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU reforms (REMINDER)" was funded in the European Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation. The overall aim was to understand the economic, social, institutional and political factors that have shaped the impact of the free movement of persons within the EU, as well as public debates about it. It aims to help decision-makers to develop policies that inspire confidence and ensure fairness and sustainability of free movement.
The project was carried out by a consortium of 13 European institutions led by the University of Oxford . CCL team members, led by Hajo Boomgaarden, looked into questions concerning media coverage of international migration in the EU and its impact on public perception and opinion. The project was concluded on 31 December 2019. Collected data (content analyses, surveys and interviews) are currently archived and will be made available via the Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA).

Duration: 1 Jan 2017 – 31 Dec 2019
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Sebastian Galyga, Tobias Heidenreich, Fabienne Lind, Rachel Edie
External Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020


The Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) is engaged in the comprehensive social science analysis of national elections in Austria. Since 2017, AUTNES is conducted by the Austrian Cooperative Infrastructure for Electoral research (ACIER), in a cooperation between the universities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. AUTNES is divided into three branches of research, covering voters, political parties and candidates, as well as media coverage. Hajo Boomgaarden is Principal Investigator for the media side.
AUTNES / ACIER is part of the Vienna Center for Electoral Research (VieCER).

Duration: 2009 - 2019
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Olga Litvyak, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Paul Balluff, Andreas Fischeneder
: Austrian Science Fund (2009-2016); from 2017 on: Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research