Concluded Research Projects

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:  01/8 – 12/21
Involved Researchers at CCLAnnie Waldherr (PI)
External WebsiteProject Website at the Collaborative Research Center 'Re-Figuration of Spaces'
FundingGerman 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: 10/16 - 03/21
Involved Researchers at CCLAnnie Waldherr
External WebsiteResearch Training Group Website at University of Muenster
FundingGerman 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 CCLHajo Boomgaarden (PI), Olga LitvyakJakob-Moritz Eberl, Paul BalluffAndreas Fischeneder
FundingAustrian Science Fund (2009-2016); from 2017 on: Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Tango on a Tightrope

The project "Tango on a Tightrope: An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in EU Crisis Management" dealt 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" was explored relying on agenda-setting and framing approaches, as well as insights from crisis management research. We analysed 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' was a Hertha-Firnberg project conducted by Olga Eisele (PI). An extension project on the case study of Austria was funded by the Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank (PI: Hajo Boomgaarden) and ran from November 2019 - June 2022.

Duration:  1 Oct 2018 – September 2022
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Olga Eisele (PI), Tobias Heidenreich, Nina Kriegler
External Website: Project Website
Funding: Hertha-Firnberg Program of the Austrian Science Fund, Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank


"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 and was concluded in May 2022. MIRROR had 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 was 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, addressed questions about the role of media and communication before, during and after the experience of irregular migration. In addition, a special focus was laid on how irregular migrants perceived the European Union. This concerned 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 – May 2022
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Maria Gruber, Fabienne Lind, Iman Metwally, Verena K. Brändle, Selin Sivis, Sophia Wyatt
External Website:
Funding: European Union - Horizon2020

Books on Screen

The interdisciplinary project "Books on Screen" was 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 examined 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 addressed 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 was investigated on the basis of a series of experiments.

Duration: 1 Jun 2019 – May 2022
Involved Researchers at CCL: Hajo Boomgaarden (PI), Lukas Brandl, Annika Schwabe
Funding: Austrian Science Fund


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) was archived and 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