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New research projects at our department

Two new research projects funded by the Central Bank of the Republic of Austria (OeNB) and the Austrian Society of Communication (ÖGK) will be starting this year.

The Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, Central Bank of the Republic of Austria) will provide the funding for the research project "Tango on a Tightrope: An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in Austrian EU Crisis Management" for a period of two years. Alongside PI Hajo Boomgaarden, Olga Eisele (postdoctoral researcher) and a PhD candidate will support and conduct the project.

Aim and scope of the project: On the occasion of the Austrian EU Presidency, the project "Tango on a Tightrope: An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in Austrian EU Crisis Management" deals with the interaction of media and politics in Austria 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 content (national and regional daily newspapers, TV) with automated content analysis.


Furthermore, Kathrin Karsay, Brigitte Naderer, and Christina Peter (LMU Munich) received the Fritz Karmasin-Award by the Austrian Society of Communication (ÖGK). The award will finance the team's research project "Perfect picture, imperfect life? The relationship between personal Instagram use and subjective life-satisfaction – A linkage analysis", to be conducted in 2019.

Aim and scope of the project: The project investigates the relationship between the use of personalized content on Instagram and the life satisfaction of young users. In their study, the project team will conduct a linkage analysis which combines a visual content analysis with a survey. With this innovative methodological design, it is possible to check for each participant on an individual level which contents he/she receives on Instagram and how this content influences individual life satisfaction.


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