Research and projects

Cornelia’s research focuses on media systems from a comparative perspective. In doing so, a cross-cultural perspective is important to her, which includes other normative concepts of media systems in addition to Western ones. She investigates the relations between media structures and the public, the processes of change in media structures, their implications for and their shaping by media policy. In enhancing this, Cornelia incorporates perspectives from media use and effects studies into her research, as the linking of these to the media systemic level brings substantial added value. Cornelia is also an expert for the German and Austrian media system.

A profound understanding of media and communication is becoming crucial in modern, highly complex media societies with hybrid media systems. Digital communication and social media in particular imply significant changes in individual and social communication. If one wants to understand society and individual behavior – both scientifically and practically – one only gets further by including the media.  In Cornelia’s research, she investigates the fundamentals of media and media systems, and she is enthusiastic about translating the results into evidence-based, practice-relevant approaches.

Projects (selection):

Various ongoing projects, especially on media systems, digital communication in diverse cultural contexts, and on individual media use and evaluation.


ERASMUS+ Project ‚MEDLIT Media Literacy as a Competence for Social Change‘.


Member in the DFG-Network‚ Values and Norms as research subjects and guiding principles in the communication sciences’


DFG-Project ‘The influence of media coverage and environmental conditions on the perception and evaluation of impersonal risks by the example of the chestnut leaf miner.’ as part of the DFG-Special Priority Project 1409, Science and the General Public: Understanding Fragile and Conflicting Evidence.


Public Sphere, Space and Place. Post-doc fellowship, Zeppelin Universität


EU-FP7-Project: Living Knowledge: Facts, Opinions and Bias in Time.