Gitte Stald

Gitte is Associate Professor, ph.d., and head of the DECIDIS network. Her research areas are digital media and communication with specific notion on the transformations in digital society in how we organize our ways of living as individuals, citizens, groups and as a society. This comprehends studies on processes of change, digital media and democratic aspects of digital cultures, media literacy, informed citizenship, participation, and digital media in the intersection between locality and globality. She has two intertwined ongoing research activities: Digital democracy and citizenship respectively digital youth, informed citizenship, and participation. She is a member of ITU’s Research Ethics Committee and serve as an expert on EUs Horizon 2020 ethics panel.  CV English, full, STALD 150420  Contact:





Luca Rossi

Luca is Associate Professor at ITU. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of computational methods for the social sciences. He is co-principal investigator of the FIRB project Information monitoring, propagation analysis and community detection in Social Network Sites funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (2011-2016); in the steering board of the DECIDIS strategic initiative at ITU; and in the ITU team for the EU H2020 project VIRT-EU Values and ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe. He authored more than 40 publications in the area of social media studies and social networks. Contact:





Vasilis Galis

Vasilis is an Associate Professor in the Technologies in Practice (TIP) group at the IT University of Copenhagen. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Linköping in Sweden . His current research focuses on social movements and their use of digital media, radical politics, counter-information, internet activism, and lay expertise. Galis has published on social movements and sociotechnical systems from a Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective, including editing a recent special issue together with Stuart Blume and Andrés Valderama for the journal Science, Technology and Human Values. Contact:






Anders Olof Larsson

Anders Olof Larsson (PhD, Uppsala University, 2012) is Associate Professor at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology. Ander's research interests include the use of online interactivity and social media by societal institutions and their audiences, online political communication and methodology, especially quantitative methods. Larsson’s PhD thesis – “Doing Things in Relation to Machines – Studies on Online Interactivity” – was awarded the 2012 Börje Langefors award (for best Swedish thesis within the field of Informatics) and the 2012 FSMK Doctoral Dissertation award (for best Swedish thesis within the field of media and communication studies). Contact:

Bjarki Valtýsson

Bjarki Valtysson is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and has a background in literature, cultural studies, and digital communication. Research interests include cultural, media, and communication policies and regulation, particularly in terms of the politics of digital media and networked cultures. He also researches the application and reception of digital media within the area of museums, archives, libraries, and social network sites as well as how these relate to production, distribution, use, and consumption in digital cultures. His research interests also include digital media and democracy, with a focus on digital public spheres, networked publics, and counterpublics. Valtysson has published a book on Icelandic cultural policy. Contact:


Giovanna Mascheroni

Giovanna (PhD 2006, Università Cattolica of Milan) is a Lecturer in Sociology of Communication in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica of Milan, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on two main areas: children and the internet/mobile communiction, and youth civic and political participation. She led the Net Children Go Mobile project ( and has been the national contact of EU Kids Online since 2007. She is also part of the research project WebPolEU: Comparing Social Media and Political Participation across EU


Jakob Linaa Jensen

Jakob Linaa Jensen, Ph.D. is Head of Research for Social Media at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. He has been associate professor of Media Studies at Aarhus University for nine years. He is a board member of Center for Internet Studies, Aarhus University. He has also headed af European task force on social media methods.
He has published three monographies, three edited volumes and more than 30 international journal articles. His main research focus is political and democratic uses of social media. His research interests also include political communication, the public sphere, social medie, internet politics, sociology of the Internet and cognitive affordances of new media. Contact:


Jakob Svensson

Jakob is holding a position of associate professor in Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University where he directs the MA program in Digital Media and Society. He got his PhD from Lund University 2008 where he studied civic communication in a municipal setting. Today his research focus on two main areas, political participation on digital media platforms and mobile communication in developing regions. Contact:


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Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess (@jeanburgess) is Professor of Digital Media at Queensland University of Technology, where she is also the Director of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC). Her research focuses on the cultures and politics of social and mobile media platforms, as well as new digital methods for studying them. Her books include YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014). Over the past decade she has worked with government, industry and community-based organisations to address the practical challenges and opportunities posed by digital and social media. Contact:

Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Jenny (PhD Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies and Director for the Center for Computational and Data Sciences. She has been studying "social media" since before it was called social media, studying online influence, political deliberation and participation via digital media, and multi-player online games. Her award-winning book, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press), provides a history of presidential campaigns as they have adopted and adapted to digital communication technologies. She is currently co-PI of a research consortium experimenting with aspects of educational games that might improve decision-making skills. Contact:


Kim Christian Schrøder

Kim is Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark. His co-authored and co-edited books in English include Audience transformations: Shifting audience positions in late modernity (2014), Museum communication and social media: The connected museum (2013), Researching audiences (2003), Media cultures (1992), and The Language of Advertising (1985). His current research interests comprise the theoretical, methodological and analytical aspects of audience uses and experiences of media, with particular reference to the challenges of methodological pluralism. His recent work explores different methods for mapping news consumption. Contact:


Lynn Schofield Clark

Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D. is a Professor in Media, Film, and Journalism Studies and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver.  She is author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (Oxford U P, 2012), From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford U P, 2003/2005), coauthor of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), and a contributing blogger for the website Psychology Today.  She served as Conference Host for the October 2013 annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers in Denver and Vice President and Program Planner for the 2014 meeting of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture in Canterbury, UK. In 2014 she was also a Visiting Fellow with the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT (Melbourne) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Contact:


Maria Bakardjieva

Maria is professor of communication at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of Internet Society: The Internet in Everyday Life (2005, Sage) and co-editor, with Robert Gehl, of Socialbots and their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality (forthcoming from Routledge). Her research has examined Internet use practices across different social and cultural contexts with special attention to users’ active appropriation of new media and to the phenomenology of digital communication. Her most recent projects focus on grassroots civic mobilization in the digital media environment. She is interested in how democratic participation in the affairs of the polis intersects with everyday life. Contact:

Sander Andreas Schwartz

Sander started his academic career studying privacy and social network sites. Before his PhD Sander contributed to the EU Kids Online project and the Danish Internet Governance Forum. In 2016 Sander defended his thesis "Personal politics on Facebook" about how politicians and citizens use Facebook for political communication. Sander is currently doing research on data collected from social media during the 2015 election. He is also developing new research projects related to privacy and social media. Twitter: @54ndr Contact:


Stefan Larsson

Stefan is an Associate Professor in Technology and Social Change at Lund University Internet Institute (LUii) in Sweden and a guest researcher at ITU in December 2015. He holds PhDs in both Sociology of Law and in Spatial Planning and has led several research projects relating to digital sociolegal change, including issues of trust, consumption, traceability and privacy in a digital context. He has published quite extensively on how digital phenomena are metaphorically conceptualised and how this comes with implications for both law as well as social norms. Contact:



Axel Bruns

Prof. Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing 'big social data'. His research blog is at, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See for more details on his research into social media.

Liesbet van Zoonen

Liesbet van Zoonen is a professor of Popular Culture, and Dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam. She held positions as professor in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University, as professor II at the department of media and communication in Oslo, and as a visitor at the university of west-indies and filmschool of Potsdam. In her PhD in 1991 she wrote about the media (and the women's movement), even though she was trained as a politcal scientist. Since then, her focus lies on gender and (new) media, politics and popular culture. More information and ”must-reads” can be found on her blog. Contact:



Anders Sundnes Løvlie

Anders is assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen and principal investigator for the Horizon2020 project GIFT: "Meaningful Personalization of Hybrid Virtual Museum Experiences Through Gifting and Appropriation” (see His main research areas are communication design, playful design, locative media, online debate and media studies. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oslo with a dissertation titled “textopia: experiments with locative literature”. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has led the project “Online debate after 22 July”, which investigated changes in Norwegian online debate after the 2011 terrorist attack. Contact:


Aske Kammer

Aske is Assistant Professor, PhD. His research concerns the questions of what happens to the “old” institutions and structures of society in a digital environment with new media technologies. His analytical focus is on media policy, economy, and management, on social media, and on how news organizations adapt to the digital age. He is part of the “From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture” research project (funded by the Danish Research Council for Independent Research, 2015-2018) and the KULMEDIA “Digitization and Diversity – Potentials and challenges for diversity in the culture and media sector“ (funded by the Norwegian research council). Contact:

Christian Østergaard Madsen

Christian is postdoctoral researcher in a joint research project between the IT University of Copenhagen and the Danish Pension Fund ATP. He holds a Master’s degree in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen, and a Ph.D. from the ITU University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on service design, citizens’ channel choice and multichannel management in cross-organizational settings. He has published in Government Information Quarterly, the Electronic Journal of e-Government and conference proceedings for the IFIP Electronic Government conference. Contact:


Christina Neumayer

Christina is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, in the Communication and Culture research group. Her research interests include digital media and radical politics, social media and activism, social movements and civic engagement, publics and counterpublics, surveillance and monitoring, social media practices, and political communication. She is interested in the combination of computational methods with qualitative inquiry into the study of social movements and radical politics. Contact:


Lars Rune Christensen

Lars is Associate Professor, PhD and Head of TiP. His research is focused on the intersection between information technology, anthropology, and ethnography and is mostly published within the area of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Current focus is on developing a systematic, conceptual foundation for understanding, designing and implementing computational artifacts in cooperative work. The research is based on empirical studies of how practitioners understand, develop, and use material artifacts in work practices within health care, the building process, and global interaction. Lars Rune Christensen is the author of the book ‘The Coordination of the Building Process: An Ethnographic Perspective’ published 2013 on Springer publishers. In addition, his research also includes work on welfare technologies for example in the context of providing senior citizens the opportunity to stay longer in their own homes.Contact:


Lisbeth Klastrup

Lisbeth is an Associate Professor. Her research focuses on the use of social media, from a mundane, cultural and political perspective. Another area of research is transmedial worlds and transmedial world use. She has published several articles in the field, and is editor of two books, Digitale Verdener (with Ida Engholm, DK 2004) and the International Handbook of Internet Research (2010, with Hunsinger and Allen). She is currently working on an introductory book in Danish on Social Network Services. She is involved in both the DECIDIS and the PEACH research initiatives, and is an active member of the Death Online Research Network. Contact:


Martina Skrubbeltrang Mahnke

Martina Mahnke Skrubbeltrang is a course manager and scientific assistant at the digital design department at the IT University of Copenhagen. As a teacher, she is involved in the courses “communication design”, “digital democratic citizenship” and “networked media and communication”. Her research interests lie in the general field of media and communication studies. At the moment, she is especially interested in combining creative design methods with digital communication and media studies. Before her academic career, Martina completed a three year media design training in Germany and graduated from a one year continuing education program at the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. She has international working experience from freelancing for different design and communication bureaus. E-mail:


Morten Hjelholt

Morten is Associate Professor at the Communication and Culture research group of the IT University of Copenhagen. He did his PhD within the field of Political Science with a focus on digitalisation of the Danish public sector. In DECIDIS Morten work with concepts such as advanced digital marginality and cultural citizenship in the light of Danish IT policies. Contact:


Sisse Finken

Sisse is an Associate Professor. Engaged both theoretically and empirically in techno/social-anthropological research, her work is concerned with understanding relationships between practices of design and use — between the technological and the social. In particular, her research is influenced by work in the traditions of anthropology of technology, computer supported cooperative work, participatory design, and science and technology studies, and as such I both draw on and consistently question such methodological frames. Contact:

Søren Debois

Søren is an Associate Professor in the Models group at the IT University of Copenhagen. His current research focuses on concise representations of complex processes, specifically business processes, with an emphasis on the application of tenets of concurrency theory and fundamentals of IT security to business process modelling. Søren is a principal author on the DCR declarative process modelling notation and the architect of the DCR Academic Workbench ( He routinely participates both in academic conferences on formal methods in concurrency and industry-oriented knowledge networks on applications of business process management. His research is currently partly funded by Exformatics A/S, a Danish vendor of adaptive case-management systems. Contact:


Steffen Dalsgaard
Steffen Dalsgaard

Steffen is associate professor in the Technologies in Practice research group and Head of Programme for the B.Sc. in Global Business Informatics. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and Ethnography from Aarhus University. Since 2002, he has conducted research in the province of Manus, Papua New Guinea, specialising in state and political leadership in the context of tradition and government elections. He is currently focusing on two projects: democracy and voting technologies in Denmark as part of the DemTech project, and the introduction of carbon as a form of global moral and economic value, which engenders new imaginaries of the relationship between society and environment. Contact:


Thomas Hildebrandt

Thomas Hildebrandt is associate professor at IT University of Copenhagen and head of the Process and System Models research group. He enjoys finding foundational research challenges in collaboration with industry and public organisations and facilitate development of better IT products and services based on  the results. His main interest is in formal models for concurrent, distributed and mobile systems applied to cyber-security and the implementation of flexible and secure business and workflow management systems.  Contact:

Troels Runge

Troels holds a Master of Arts in Media Science degree from the University of Copenhagen. He has been following Danish politics on social media for several years and his research interests include political communication and agenda setting on social media, as well as social and legacy media, media systems, media logic and mediatization. Currently, Troels is writing his PhD dissertation on how Danish politicians use social media for campaigning and in elections, and how the interplay with news media and the public on social media influence the media ecology. Contact: