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What <digital> spaces do we live in?

The Research Cluster ‘Cyber<>Spaces: Discourse, Co-creation and Institutions in the era of digitalisation’ will create a unique forum for interdisciplinary basic research on one of the greatest challenges of our time: the societal implications of digitalisation.

Researchers from all four faculties of the University, representing the academic disciplines of linguistics, cultural studies, business and economics, are involved in the cluster, complemented by expertise from computer science, law and psychology. The research spans a vast range of topics, including data-driven platform economy, digital transformation of organisations and opportunities and risks of digitalisation in developing countries.

Research Insights

Symbolic picture: CEO's trait empathy as a blessing and a curse

Empathic top executives must find the right balance in a crisis. Empathy in the wrong place can lead to absurd decisions – such as high bonuses for those responsible for a crisis.. From Professor Andreas König

Professor Krämer about the principle of net neutrality

The principal of net neturality can in some cases be a bad thing, explains Professor Krämer in our video-interview. The researcher has published an influential paper on net neutrality.

Professor Schumann about free digital services

Professor Jan Hendrik Schumann’s Chair for Marketing and Innovation has researched the success of free digital services in the publication ‘How Consumers Assess Free E-Services: The Role of Benefit-Inflation and Cost-Deflation Effects’.

Our strengths

<>Profile of the University of Passau. Cyber<>Spaces represents the pinnacle of the University’s academic and structural development to date. Building on the past achievements and the University’s excellent THE ranking as one of the best new (i.e. founded within the past 50 years) universities in the world, we have set ourselves a goal to reach by our 50th anniversary ten years from now: to become one of the leading centres in Europe for basic, interdisciplinary research on the effects of digitalisation on society.

<>International and interdisciplinary. The Cluster refines the international, interdisciplinary research profile of the University of Passau, which is geared towards basic research. It uses the capabilities of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS), an academic think tank for social issues surrounding digitalisation. It is designed to offer researchers at the University and from other internationally renowned universities the best possible space to network with one another and concentrate fully on their cutting-edge, internationally competitive research projects. 

<>Excellent conditions for early career researchers. The University of Passau views providing outstanding support for its young academics as an important building block in achieving excellence in research and teaching. The Cluster promotes the work of early career researchers and will establish co-operative partnerships with an international orientation at the University.

Topics explored by our early career researchers

In many cases, internet users benefit from the prominent display of certain content, a study finds.

Researchers from Passau and Namur, Belgium, have investigated discriminatory practices of online platforms such as sponsored search results and paid prominence. The research was commissioned by Brussels-based think tank CERRE.

Dr. Daniel Schnurr, information systems scholar at the University of Passau

In the video interview, Dr. Daniel Schnurr, information systems scholar at the University of Passau, speaks about the fallout of the Facebook data scandal and about how users develop a sense of value for their data.

Since the end of May of this year, users have been able to take their personal data with them when they move on to different online platforms.

Michael Wohlfarth of the University of Passau shines an economic light on the right to data portability, which allows users to take their personal data with them. He arrives at a mixed verdict.

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Professor Sven Apel

Professor Sven Apel

researches collaborative software engineering

What factors affect the evolution of global software projects?

What factors affect the evolution of global software projects?

Professor Sven Apel has held the Heisenberg Chair of Software Engineering of the University of Passau, focusing on automatic software construction, since 2013; he also leads the Emmy Noether Research Group ‘Safe and efficient product lines’ (SafeSPL).

Professor Stefan Bauernschuster

Professor Stefan Bauernschuster

researches family policy and digitalisation

How do new technologies change our ability to reconcile family and work life?

How do new technologies change our ability to reconcile family and work life?

Professor Stefan Bauernschuster has held the Chair of Public Economics of the University of Passau since 2013. Moreover, he is a research professor at the ifo Institute in Munich, CESifo Affiliate, a member of the Social Policy Committee of the German Economic Association and a member of the scientific advisory board of the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS).

Professor Michael Grimm

Professor Michael Grimm

researches digital business networks in developing countries

Can networks empower small enterprises in developing countries?

Can networks empower small enterprises in developing countries?

Professor Michael Grimm has held the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Passau since 2012. Prior to this, he held the posts of Professor of Applied Development Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Visiting Professor at Paris School of Economics and Advisor for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (United States).

Professor Rüdiger Harnisch

Professor Rüdiger Harnisch

researches communication spaces

Which spaces do we use to communicate online and offline?

Which spaces do we use to communicate online and offline?

Professor Rüdiger Harnisch holds the Chair of German Language of the University of Passau. He is a member of two project advisory boards of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and is a former member of the DFG Review Board for Linguistics.

Professor Carolin Häussler

Professor Carolin Häussler

researches co-operation and innovation

How can we use and increase the innovative strength of fluid organisations?

How can we use and increase the innovative strength of fluid organisations?

Professor Carolin Haeussler has held the Chair of Organisation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship since 2011 and has been bringing researchers from all over the world to Passau with the International Centre for Economics and Business Studies.

Professor Harry Haupt

Professor Harry Haupt

researches data complexity

What modern statistical methods are there to analyse complex data?

What modern statistical methods are there to analyse complex data?

Professor Harry Haupt has held the Chair of Statistics of the University of Passau since 2012; since 2014, he has held the post of Vice President for Research and the Advancement of Early Career Researchers.

Professor Andreas König

Professor Andreas König

researches organisational change and executive communication

What does digitalisation do to influence spheres and communication spaces in and around organisations?

What does digitalisation do to influence spheres and communication spaces in and around organisations?

Professor Andreas König has held the Chair of International Management of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems, University of Passau, since 2013. His research output is published in leading international journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Review and Research Policy.

Prof. Dr. Jan Krämer

Professor Jan Krämer

researches net neutrality

What conditions are required on the internet to create competition and innovation?

What conditions are required on the internet to create competition and innovation?

Professor Jan Krämer has held the Chair of Internet and Telecommunications Business of the University of Passau since 2014. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), a Brussels-based think tank.

Professor Hans Krah

Professor Hans Krah

researches media semiotics

How credible is the worldview created by digital and analogue media?

How credible is the worldview created by digital and analogue media?

Professor Hans Krah holds the Chair of German Literature and Film at the University of Passau. He generates ideas for the DFG-funded Research Training Group 1681/2 ‘Privacy and Digitalization’, which is currently in its second funding term.

Professor Kai von Lewinski

Professor Kai von Lewinski

researches the collision of jurisdictions in information exchange

What does the internet mean for geographically limited legal systems?

What does the internet mean for geographically limited legal systems?

Professor Kai von Lewinski has held the Chair of Public Law, Media Law and Information Law of the University of Passau since 2014. Prior to this, he was the Academic Director of the Foundation for Data Protection in Leipzig.

Professor Susanne Mayr

Professor Susanne Mayr

researches psychology and human-machine interaction

How does being connected online change a person?

How does being connected online change a person?

Professor Susanne Mayr has held the Chair of Psychology and Human-Machine Interaction of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Passau, since 2015.

Professor Martina Padmanabhan

Professor Martina Padmanabhan

researches sustainable institutions

What opportunities and problems does digitalisation pose for the Disadvantaged?

What opportunities and problems does digitalisation pose for the Disadvantaged?

Professor Martina Padmanabhan has held the Chair of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies with a focus on Southeast Asia since 2012, where she implements new methodologies for interdiciplinarity.

Professor Ursula Reutner

Professor Ursula Reutner

researches cultural patterns

Where will digitalisation take us: towards a unified culture or ever greater diversity?

Where will digitalisation take us: towards a unified culture or ever greater diversity?

Professor Ursula Reutner has held the Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures of the University of Passau since 2009; since 2014 she has held the post of Vice President for International Relations.

Professor Jan Hendrik Schumann

Professor Jan Hendrik Schumann

researches B2C relationships

How does it affect people when firms pass on their data?

How does it affect people when firms pass on their data?

Professor Jan Hendrik Schumann has held the Chair of Marketing and Innovation of the University of Passau since 2012. Since July 2013, he has also worked a director of the Institute of Market and Economic Research.

Professor Dirk Uffelmann

Professor Dirk Uffelmann

researches cyber imperialism

In what ways have Russian (linguistic) worlds on the internet drifted apart since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis in 2014?

In what ways have Russian (linguistic) worlds on the internet drifted apart since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis in 2014?

Professor Dirk Uffelmann has held the Chair of Slavic Literatures and Cultures of the University of Passau since 2006; he is one of the editors of Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie and co-founder of the Passau Centre for eHumanities, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Professor Daniela Wawra

Professor Daniela Wawra

researches digital public relations

In what ways do collectives construct digital spaces for public relations?

In what ways do collectives construct digital spaces for public relations?

Professor Daniela Wawra is Vice President for Study, Teaching and International Matters at the University of Passau. She has held the Chair of English Language and Culture of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities since 2010.

Professor Thomas Widjaja

Professor Thomas Widjaja

researches secondary data use

What changes when companies develop new services using customer data?

What changes when companies develop new services using customer data?

Professor Thomas Widjaja has held the Chair of Business Information Systems since 2016.