Discourse Data 4 Policy

Research Team

Prof. Dr. Stefan Dietze

Data & Knowledge Engineering

Stefan Dietze is a professor of Data & Knowledge Engineering at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Scientific Director of the department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences at GESIS in Cologne. His research includes mining and interpretation of large amounts of heterogeneous data, in particular from the Web, using methods at the intersection of natural language processing, machine learning, and information retrieval.

Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

Communication and Media Studies

Frank Marcinkowski is a professor of political communication at the Department of Social Sciences at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. His research and teaching areas include communication theories, political communication, and opinion formation of digitalization.

Dr. des. Christopher Starke

Dr. Christopher Starke

Political Communication

Christopher works as a post-doctoral researcher for political communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and the interdisciplinary research hub Humane AI of the University of Amsterdam. In his research, he investigates the democratic implications of artificial intelligence.

Katarina Boland

Data & Knowledge Engineering

Katarina Boland works as a doctoral candidate at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne. Her main research interests lie in the field of Natural Language Processing and Text Mining and the development of AI-based approaches for social scientific use-cases.

Christian Koß

Communication and Media Studies

Christian Koß works as a doctoral candidate at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf at the department of Communication Science. His main research interests lie in the field of Computational Social Science and Social Network Theory.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Escher


Tobias Escher is an associate professor of sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. His research focuses on political participation (online and offline) and addresses the question of the extent to which citizen participation contributes to higher quality and legitimacy or acceptance of political decisions.

Prof. Dr. Martin Mauve

Computer Networks

Martin Mauve is a professor of computer networks and communication systems at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His research interests include secure and robust distributed systems, computer supported collaborative work, and online participation with a special focus on scalable support for discussions and decision making.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Harmeling

Machine Learning

Stefan Harmeling is a Professor of Machine Learning at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. His research areas are computer vision, image processing, and machine learning.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Conrad

Databases and Information Systems

Stefan Conrad is a professor of databases and information systems at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. His research considers the analysis of large data sets, in particular, he is interested in image retrieval, the analysis of large time series, clustering, and text mining.

Prof. Dr. Christiane Eilders

Communication and Media Studies

Christiane Eilders is a professor of communication and media studies at the Department of Social Sciences of the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. Her research deals with public discourses and public opinion formation and puts a focus on the role of established mass media and online-communication.

Prof. Dr. Laura Kallmeyer

Computational Linguistics

Laura Kallmeyer is a professor of computational linguistics at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. In her research, she focuses among others on automatically identifying structure and meaning in natural languages.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rothe

Complexity Theory and Cryptology

Jörg Rothe is a professor of complexity theory and cryptology at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His research interests include computational social choice, collective decision-making, argumentation theory, algorithmic game theory, and fair division, with a special focus on the computational complexity of the related problems.

Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer

Comparative Politics

Marianne Kneuer is a Full Professor of Comparative Politics at the Technische Universität Dresden. Her work focuses on democracy and autocracy connecting these research areas to digital communication and digital political processes.

Prof. Dr. Georg Wenzelburger

Policy Analysis & Political Economy

Georg Wenzelburger is Professor of Policy Analysis and Political Economy at the TU Kaiserslautern. He conducts research in the field of comparative policy analysis and has worked intensively in recent years on the influence of digitization on political and administrative action, particularly in the area of homeland security, as well as the resulting challenges for democratic governance.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dorothea Baumeister

Computational Social Choice

Dorothea Baumeister is a junior professor at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. She works in the interdisciplinary field computational social choice (COMSOC) which lies at the interface between computer science and social choice theory. Her main interest is the axiomatic and algorithmic analysis of problems that arise in the context of collective decision-making with a special focus on voting, participatory budgeting, judgment aggregation, and abstract argumentation.