Prof. Dr. Habil. Krotz, Friedrich

Professor for Media and Communication Studies with the Special Areas Mediatization and Social Communication, since 2010.

Major Research Areas: Media change and Mediatization, social communication theory, cultural studies, methodology.

Research: Friedrich Krotz has been responsible for a lot of research projects, publications and conferences in different countries, fields and disciplines. They have been carried out for different public and private institutions like broadcasters, the supervisory bodies of private broadcasting, German ministries as ministries of different federal states, and for the main German research institutions like the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) and the Volkswagen-Foundation.

His research took place in different European and other countries, in cooperation with other research teams from European countries, from United States of America and from Japan. As a guest researcher and for academic teaching he was 1995 at the Indiana University, Blomington, USA and 2006 at the University of Merida, Mexico.


Selection of other academic activities:

• 2001-2012 (Co-)Head of the “Mediated communication, public opinion and society” section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) (together with Hillel Nossek from Israel)

• Since 2012 elected member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and head of committee “Academic life/Future of IAMCR”

• 2004-2011 elected member of the board on Social Research of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

• Since 2008 responsible Editor of Communications – The European Journal of Communication research, that appears at Mouton/de Gruyter 1975 ( (From 2012 in the Social Science Citation Index)

• Since 2009 founder and coordinator of Priority Program 1505 “Mediatized Worlds”, financed by the German Research Foundations for six years, that consists in 11 different research projects at different German universities (



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Brian D. Loader

Brian D. Loader is Associate-Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) based at the University of York, UK.  His academic interests are focussed around the emergence of new information and communications technologies (ICTs), such as the Internet, and the social, political and economic factors shaping their development and diffusion, and their implications for social, economic, governmental and cultural change. He is the founding Editor of the international journal Information, Communication and Society and has published extensively in this field. Research interest in the impact of new media upon democratic governance began with the publication of Digital Democracy: Discourse and Decision-Making in the Information Age (1999) following the first of several conferences devoted to this issue. The use of new media by social movements was first explored in Cyberprotest: New Media, Citizens and Social Movements (2004) with other European colleagues collaborating on a COST programme. Most recently, it was the focus of a conference on Networking Democracy held in Cluj, Romania where these themes were further developed in Social Media and Democracy: social media innovations in participatory politics (Routledge, 2012). His current research is focused upon the potential of social media to influence the political and civic engagement of young citizens which he first explored in an edited collection Young Citizens in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2007) and then by establishing, in partnership with Lance Bennett, an international study group called Networking Young Citizens under the auspices of the World Universities Network. Together with Ariadne Vromen and Mike Xenos, he is now undertaking a three country comparative study of the potential influence of social media upon the participatory culture of young citizens entitled The Civic Network which is funded by the Spencer Foundation.