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Supervisors in Communication Studies

Univ.-Prof. Hajo Boomgaarden
Key research areas:

  • Media effects on political cognition, attitudes and behaviour
  • Advancements in content analysis techniques
  • Media, immigration and populist, extreme right parties
  • European integration – public opinion and media coverage

OR tit. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Duchkowitsch
Key research areas:

  • History of media and communication
  • Theories and methods of communication research
  • TV and radio in Austria, media politics, identity and image
  • New media, adolescents and the media, entertainment and the media, girls’ and women’s magazines, health communication, cyberstalking

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Einwiller
Key research areas:

  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Communication
  • Crisis & Conflict Management

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Gries

  • Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Grimm
Key research areas:

  • Communication and society
  • Communication theories
  • Journalism
  • Political communication
  • Media entertainment
  • Development and application of methods


Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerit Götzenbrucker, Privatdoz.
Key research areas:

  • Field of research “media innovation and technological consequences: impacts of information and communication technologies on private and public communication, lifestyles and the media”
  • Critical technology and media analysis: impacts of new information and communication technologies
  • Social network analysis
  • Digital game studies
  • Organisation research and organisational communication
  • Employment and qualification research in communication professions

Univ.-Prof. Folker Hanusch, BA (Hons) PhD
Key research areas:

  • Comparative Journalism Studies
  • Journalism Culture
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Indigenous Journalism
  • Journalism and Memory


Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hausjell
Key research areas:

  • History of media and communication (with a focus on National Socialism, Austria's Second Republic)
  • Journalism research
  • Media and communication politics
  • Migration, diversity and the media
  • Disability and the media
  • Public broadcasting
  • Media competence

Mag. Dr. Petra Herczeg, Privatdoz.
Key research areas:

  • Children in our Communications Society
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler
Key research areas:

  • Political framing theory and news framing effects
  • News processing
  • Experimental research
  • Emotions in political communication
  • Political journalism

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes

  • Advertising
  • Content Studies
  • Media Content
  • Reception & Effects
  • Research Methods

Univ.- Prof. Dr. Katharine Sarikakis
Key research areas:

  • Media governance and organisation: audiovisual media and digital platforms. Emerging governance and structural issues (privacy in social media; copyright and culture making).
  • European media and cultural policies and European integration: cultural diversity, social cohesion, human mobility and citizenship and the governance of established and emerging media and cultural spaces.
  • International communication: structures, organisation and political dimensions of international/global media. The Global City as the space of global media governance.
  • Gender and feminist epistemology in communication and cultural policy and international communications. The governance of social order through the governance of communicative spaces and processes.

Mag. Mag. Dr. Dr. Julia Wippersberg, Privatdoz.

  • Strategic Communication
  • Media Competence

Emeriti and retired supervisors

emer. O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Alfred Bauer
Key research areas:

  • Media education and culture of communication
  • Communication – personality – society  Audiovisual media and their cultural development
  • Didactics for communication professions
  • Strategic development of communication between science and society (university radio, university television, Medienakademie of the University of Vienna)
  • Cooperation in education and research between science and practice of media communicatio

Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Roland Burkart
Key research areas:

  • Communication theory
  • Media effects research
  • Public relations and communication in situations of conflict
  • In addition to academic teaching and research, also active in the field of adult and postgraduate education (courses of higher education institutions, management training)
  • Also active in management consulting: consultant on PR-related issues

Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Maximilian Gottschlich
Key research areas:

  • Ethics of journalism
  • Journalism research
  • Education of journalists
  • Communication research (particularly in the field of prejudice and anti-Semitism research)
  • Religion in information societies
  • Media and existence orientation (problems of understanding and meaning in media societies)
  • Existentialist foundations of communicative action
  • Basic problems of medical communication (communication problems between doctors and patients)

Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Peter Vitouch
Key research area:

  • Media psychology
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