Concluded Research Projects

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
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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
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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
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Funding: European Union - Horizon2020