RESEARCH

We are involved in different research projects, such as 

Algorithms, Data and Democracy (ADD): A 10-year combined research and knowledge dissemination project funded by VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN. Digitalisation has become a byword for growth and prosperity, but it has also become a controversial and contributing cause of crises of confidence in society. The pace of technological development is accelerating trends in society towards populism, polarisation, conspiracies, conflicts and increased inequality. This is entwining environmental, social, political and economic crises and fostering general distrust in society’s traditional institutions. The ADD project will provide insights into and explain these connections at the same time as developing both technological and societal solutions aimed at restoring faith in public institutions.

Alternative Media and Ideological Counterpublics: The project studies the role of hyper-partisan alternative media in the digital public sphere. Hyper-partisan alternative media have become crucial actors in modern societies, and their ideology-driven content presents a critical challenge for journalism, public deliberation and society at large. The project researches the role of left-wing and right-wing alternative online media in the formation of ideological counterpublics vis-à-vis the mainstream public sphere and hence their potential contribution to societal radicalization and the polarization of public discourse.

Feminist Activism in Transition (FAT): The project examines Danish feminist body activism. This is a new social and visual online subculture on the social medium Instagram that has gained mainstream media attention. The project examines two interconnected groups of actors that ways contribute to this process: media content producers and Instagram followers. 

DATAPUBLICS – Transforming Journalism and Audiences in the age of datafication: The project examines what the ever-increasing amount of data available in our society means to Journalism, and thus sheds light on the changes in the relations between the news media and the news users. Through four empirical studies, the project seeks to provide knowledge about how datafication of news transforms the way the publics are created and how it affects citizen engagement.

Beyond the concrete projects, we are also involved in several research groups, e.g., Organizing Communication and DigitizationAudiences & Mediated life and Communication, Journalism and Social Change