Dr. Sascha Hölig

Dr Sascha Hölig has been a senior researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut since 2013. His main research interests lie in the area of media usage in new media environments, information repertoires, empirical research methods and scientific communication.

Sascha Hölig completed his undergraduate degree (Magister) in media and communication, sociology and philosophy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, including a semester abroad at the International School of Social Science at the University of Tampere, Finland. He pursued his PhD from 2007 until 2011 at the Institute for Media and Communication at the University of Hamburg whilst working as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, chair of empirical communication studies. In his PhD thesis Sascha Hölig identified information-oriented communication modes in the Internet.

After receiving his doctoral degree, Sascha Hölig became a research assistant at the Institute of Communication and Media Culture at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Here, he also worked as senior coordinator of the Leuphana teaching evaluation in 2012 before transferring to the Hans-Bredow-Institut.

Sascha Hölig is currently a member of the German Association for Communication (DGPuK), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the "German Representative" of their young scholars network.
He is also a member of COST Action IS0906 "Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies" and of the Research Center for Media & Communication, which is a joint research centre of the University of Hamburg and the Hans-Bredow-Institut.

Latest publications

  • Hoelig, S. (2016): Social Participation in Online News Usage in Europe and its Underlying Causes: Individual vs. Structural Factors. In: European Journal of Communication 31(4), pp. 393-410 (abstract).

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Latest lectures

  • "Participating Citizens Everywhere?! Patterns of online-based political engagement in Europe", paper presented by S. Hölig at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 14 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.

  • "Young People and News", participation of S. Hölig at the discussion of the same name at the conference "Knowledge Exchange 2014" of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on 6 October 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • “Future Audiences: Towards Longitudinal Studies of European Media Audiences”, presentation by U. Hasebrink and S. Hölig at the closing conference of the COST-Action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies” on 7 February 2014 in Ljubljana (together with K. B. Jensen).

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Dr. Sascha Hölig

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 40 450217-84
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