Digital Media, Public Policy and Political Engagement

In this research area, we engage in the study of relationships between knowledge, politics and digital civic engagement across a range of political regimes. Specifically, we are interested in the role of voters’ digital competences in data-driven election campaigns in democratic societies, the discursive influence of social media in creating meaning, shaping practices, and changing the microphysics of power in authoritarian contexts, as well as in the interplay between expert knowledge and the making of public policy in countries with hybrid and autocratic political regimes. Our work in this area uses comparative lenses and draws on a combination of various research methods, ranging from qualitative content analysis and survey experiments to computational techniques.

Participating Researchers

Vera Axyonova

Hossein Kermani

Sophie Minihold

Recent Research