Digital Society Research Group

Digital Society is an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological research group focused on the digital transformation and its social and political implications.

Digital Society Research Group

With members from political science, sociology and media studies, our research activities reflect current challenges that transformations in policy and administration, identity and learning, political and social processes, business models and social media hold for society.

Seminar programme, spring semester 2019

21 February 13:00-15:00 (EOJ376)
Terje Hillesund: Scholarly reading in a digital society
Hande Eslen-Ziya: Beyond the iconic protest images: The performance of ‘everyday life’ on social media during Gezi Park

28 March 13:00-15:00 (EOJ376)
Mario Haim: Politicized, personalized, politicized? YouTube as a platform for political voices.
Helle Sjøvaag: Risk analysis in the digital news industries

9 May 13:00-15:00 (EOJ376)
Erik De Vries: Evaluating Europe. The tone of EU news coverage before and during the UK Brexit campaign.
Ann-Karin Holmen: Policy for digitizing the public sector

11-12 June Summer Seminar: Theories and methods in computational social science

  • Henrik Skaug Sætra, Høgskolen i Østfold: Science as a vocation in the era of big data
  • Wouter van Atteveldt, Vrije University Amsterdam: (Open) Computational social science & societal resilience             
  • Lars Nyre, University of Stavanger/Bergen: Technology takeover. What if technological determinism is the best theory of reality?
  • Simon Lindgren, Umeå University: Beyond method: Interpretive social science and computational methods


Affiliated projects:

  • Digital news agendas in Scandinavia (research project led by Helle Sjøvaag)
  • Media as the missing link: A comparative study of news influence on party support (research project led by Gunnar Thesen)
  • Political influencers on social media (Postdoc project led by Mario Haim)
  • The Aesthetics of global protest: Visual culture and communication (book project co-edited by Hande Eslen-Ziya)

PhD students’ research projects:

  • Erik De Vries: The EU: A supranational institution with national consequences. Evaluating the influence of EU-related media coverage on national party politics
  • Thomas Owren: Financing Sustainable Scandinavian journalism in the digital era: What is worth paying for in a culture for free?
  • Hans Erik Haugvaldstad: Municipal organisations – the digital transformation gameplan
  • Luise Salte: Mobile Influencers: An analysis of participation in mobile media in a Democratic Public Sphere Perspective
  • Jean Roisse Rodrigues Ferreira: Innovation and digitalisation in the public sector
  • Helga Hiim Stålhane: Digital transformations and driving for mobility: A comparative study of taxi drivers in Norway and the US.
  • Veronika Budovska: Domestication of smart home technology: Dimensions, constraints, dynamics and outcomes.