Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, after studying Psychology and German Philology in Hamburg, he subsequently worked for three years at the Institute for Social Psychology at the University of Hamburg.

He joined the Hans-Bredow-Institut in 1986 as a researcher; from 1988 he also acted as the executive manager. In 1998, he was elected to the Institute’s directorate. In 1999, he was Acting Professor of Communications at the College of Music and Theatre in Hanover. In spring 2001, he received a chair in “Empirical Communications Studies” from the University of Hamburg and the Hans-Bredow-Institut jointly.

Since 2009 he is a member of the board of directors of the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC), which brings together university and non-university media and communication research in Hamburg, and at the same time one of the spokespersons of the Graduate School Media and Communication, which is being supported within the context of the Hamburg initiative of excellence. 

Alongside this, he was spokesperson for the specialist group on reception research in the DGPuK from 1998 to 2003, co-publisher of the series “Rezeptionsforschung” (reception research) from 2003 to 2007, and a member of the Management Committee of the International Radio Research Network (IREN) from 2004-2006. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) since 2004 and has held a curatorship at the Academy for Journalism and Communications in Hamburg since 2001. Since 2009 he has been a member of the international board of the "Journal of Children and Media".

His research emphases at the Institute are in the areas of media use and media contents, as well as media politics; in recent years these included primarily: patterns of individual use and media repertoires, the convergence of the media from the user's perspective, consequences of online media for classical media, media use with children and young people, forms of user interest vis-à-vis the media, as well as European media and European audiences.

Latest publications

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Latest lectures

  • "The Triple Articulation of Media Effects: A Framework for Research on How Media Matter", presentation by U. Hasebrink and J. Finger at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 15 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.

  • "The Changing Communicative Figurations of Public Spheres. A Conceptual Approach and Empirical Findings", presentation by U. Hasebrink at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 15 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.

  • "Researching Children, Youth and Media – Lessons from the Field“, Moderation of the same-titled pre-conference of the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) by U. Hasebrink on 12 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.

  • „Living Within the Complexity of Communicative Figurations: The Challenges of a Multiple Communicative Involvement”, presentation by A. Hepp and U. Hasebrink at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) on 23 May 2014 in Seattle.

  • “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).

List including older lectures
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Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

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