Arbeitsbereich: DIID-Team

Till Fahnenstich

17. April 2024

Till Fahnenstich has been working as a research assistant at DIID since October 2023. He is currently studying philosophy and political science at HHU-Düsseldorf. He previously studied business law (LL.B.) at Aachen University of Applied Sciences and then worked as a business lawyer for a public sector company. As an assistant in the core team, he supports the institute in various organizational tasks and conducts workshops on AI ethics at schools.

He is particularly interested in political philosophy, ethics and philosophical logic.

Juliane Feustel

20. October 2022

Juliane Feustel holds a master’s degree in communication research and phonetics, psychology, and sociology. Since September 2022, she has been responsible for third-party funding administration, personnel management, and various organizational tasks at the DIID.

Previously, she worked as a project manager for various language service providers.

Anna Linstaedt

11. April 2022

Anna-Maria Linstaedt has been working as a research assistant at DIID since April 2022. At HHU-Düsseldorf, she is studying for a Master’s degree in Political Communication. As an assistant in the core team, she supports the institute in various organizational tasks.

She is particularly interested in online deliberation research and its impact on political processes in democracies.

Prof. Dr. Marc Ziegele (Speaker)

19. March 2018

Marc Ziegele has been Professor of Communication and Media Studies at HHU-Düsseldorf since February 2024. He previously held the Junior Professorship for Communication and Media Studies with a focus on “Political Online Communication”. At the same time, he is head of the junior research group “Deliberative Discussions on the Social Web” funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Previously, he was a research assistant at the Institute for Journalism at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and studied media economics at the same institute. His research focuses on participation and discussions of citizens on the Internet. In the junior research group based at DIID, he is investigating measures to improve the quality and impact of users’ public discussions about political media topics – so-called online public-political connection communication.

It also researches the causes and consequences of media trust as well as various aspects of citizens’ social web use at the interface of communication science and psychology.

Marc Ziegele was elected speaker of the Institute by the DIID General Assembly in December 2023.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar (Vice Speaker)

12. March 2018

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar has held the chair of Sociology II at the Institute of Social Sciences since 2010. From 2015 until 2019 he has been Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at HHU-Düsseldorf.

In research and teaching, he is primarily concerned with questions of political sociology, sociological inequality analysis and the methods of empirical social research.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar was re-elected as Deputy Spokesperson of the DIID by the DIID General Assembly in December 2023.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Conrad (vice speaker)

9. March 2018

Prof. Dr. Stefan Conrad has held the Chair of Databases and Information Systems at the Institute of Computer Science since 2002. He has been a member of the Senate of HHU-Düsseldorf since 2015. In his research, he works on issues related to the analysis of large data sets, especially in image retrieval, time series analysis, clustering, and text mining.
He has been cooperating with practice partners for many years, especially in several BMWi-funded ZIM projects on opinion mining, extraction of product features important for users, and automated text summarization.

At DIID, he is interested in researching techniques for automated topic detection and content analysis of text contributions as well as the identification of argument structures, subjective evaluations, and emotions.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Conrad was re-elected as Deputy Spokesperson of the DIID by the DIID General Assembly in December 2023.

Dr. Dennis Frieß (Coordinator)

5. March 2018

Dr. Dennis Frieß is coordinator of the DIID. Since May 2019, he was coordinator of the NRW Research College Online Participation. From 2014 to 2019, he was a research assistant at the Chair of Communication and Media Studies III at HHU-Düsseldorf and a staff member at DIID. He studied Social Sciences, Law and Communication Science at the University of Erfurt (B.A.) and Political Communication in Düsseldorf (M.A.). His doctoral thesis focused on the analysis of deliberative online publics. His research focuses on political (online) communication, online deliberation, and online participation.

At the DIID, he is particularly interested in online-supported deliberation processes and the democracy-relevant expectations associated with online participation offerings.