Research Projects

Members of the Computational Communication Science Lab (CCL) are involved in a range of third-party funded research projects. On this page, we provide information on ongoing and recently concluded projects, listed in the order of their starting dates. Concluded Research Projects are listed here. Please contact the involved researchers for further information.


Digitize! is a collaboration of four Austrian universities, including the University of Vienna. Coordinated by Sylvia Kritzinger (Department of Government), the project includes social scientists, but also data scientists, legal scholars and experts in research ethics. The overall aim of Digitize! Is to establish and enhance Computational Social Sciences in Austria through cooperation and interdisciplinary collaboration. Hajo Boomgaarden is leader of work package 3 focusing on validity and measurement equivalence of social scientific techniques, analyzing various text types across different points in time. The aim is to provide a more critical and reflective approach to computational text analysis. Hajo Boomgaarden is supported by Jana Bernhard.

Duration: ongoing
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Jana Bernhard
Project Website:
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (2019 Call ‘Digital and Social Transformation in University Education’)


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, supported by Fabienne Lind and Paul Balluff, 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 (COO + PI), Annie Waldherr (PI), Fabienne Lind, Paul Balluff, Zita Zeberer
Project Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020

Austrian Corona Panel Project

The Austrian Corona Panel Project investigates how information, attitudes, and behaviours are distributed across the population, and how these develop in the course of the crisis. The study is based on a panel survey with a sample of 1500 respondents, which represents the sociodemographic structure of the Austrian population. Between the end of March 2020 and the beginning of July 2020 the survey was conducted in a weekly rhythm, from then on the interval was successively increased and since August 2020 the data are collected monthly. The questionnaire contains a set of core questions that is asked in each survey wave as well as changing modules that go deeper into certain dimensions and are surveyed at larger intervals. This makes it possible to monitor important trends and to focus on key issues and aspects such as family, work, politics or media.

Duration: 27 March 2020 – ongoing
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (Co-PI), Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Noelle Lebernegg
External Website: Vienna University Project Website
Funding: Vienna Science and Technology Fund, Rectorate of the University of Vienna, Social Survey Austria, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Federation of Austrian Industries, Austrian Science Fund


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, Petro Tolochko
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. 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: 2019 - ongoing (6 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden, Noelle Lebernegg, Sebastian Galyga
External Website
: Project Website at Stockholm University (Coordinator)
Funding: 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 and Maria Gruber, 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, Iman Metwally
External Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020

Books on Screen

The interdisciplinary project "Books on Screen" is conducted by Hajo Boomgaarden and Günther Stocker from the Institute of German Studies at the University of Vienna, supported by Lukas Brandl and Annika Schwabe. 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, Nina Kriegler
External Website: Researchgate Project Website
Funding: Hertha-Firnberg Program of the Austrian Science Fund, Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank

Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web

The project, led by Annie Waldherr and Barbara Pfetsch (FU Berlin), investigates digital urban public spheres, focusing on the Twitterspheres of Berlin and Jerusalem. Asking how virtual urban spaces are constituted through networked communication, the team investigates communicative relations among Twitter users, their spatial locations, and the topics they talk about. The team investigates the urban public spheres forming on Twitter in the cities of Berlin and Jerusalem. To approach the project's research questions, the team collects and analyses Twitter data using network analysis, geo-coding, and automated content analysis procedures. To connect results to the societal level with subjective experiences, ego-networks and survey data will be collected for a group of particularly active users.

Duration:  1 Jan 2018 – ongoing (4 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Annie Waldherr (PI)
External Website: Project Website at the Collaborative Research Center 'Re-Figuration of Spaces'
Funding: German Research Foundation

­Research Training Group ‘Trust and Communication in a Digitized World’

The research training group examines how trust can be developed and maintained under the conditions of new forms of communication. Digitized means of communication change the structure and sustainability of trust because firstly, familiar face-to-face communication is replaced by digitized interactions, secondly, virtual social and office networks emerge and finally, because new forms of relationships between the public, organisations and individuals develop. The postgraduate programme analyses the consequences of these processes for the establishment of trust relationships by the example of four prototypical areas: media, economy, science and sports.

Duration: 1 Apr 2012 - ongoing (9 years)
Involved Researchers at CCL: Annie Waldherr
External Website: Research Training Group Website at University of Muenster
Funding: German Research Foundation


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
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (2009-2016); from 2017 on: Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research