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Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer

Principal Investigator, Founding Director
Martin Emmer

Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer has been professor of Communication Studies and head of the Division Media Use Research at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies of Freie Universität Berlin since 2011. He is Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society since 2017, where he also served as a Founding Director from 2017 to 2019.

His research focuses on political communication and participation, the use of digital media and methods of empirical communication research. His latest projects are dealing with mobile media use in Subsahara Africa, the transformation of digital citizenship and user-tracking methods for mobile media use research.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Principal Investigator (PI) since 15 September 2022

Weizenbaum Digital Science Center (WDSC):

Weizenbaum Panel

Method Lab

Principal Investigator (PI) until 14 September 2022

Research Group: Digital Citizenship

Founding Director Weizenbaum Institute

Committees and functions

  • Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Media Use Unit
  • Principal Investigator at the Einstein Center Digital Future
  • Chairman of the Doctoral Committee for Journalism and Communication Studies at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Founding Editor "Weizenbaum Journal for the Digital Society"
  • Coordinator of the cross-university degree programs "Media Informatics" (BSc, MSc) at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Member of various scientific organizations (ICA, ECREA, DGPuK)


Fields of research

  • Media use
  • Political communication
  • Emprical research methods
  • Disinformation
  • Subsahara Africa


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