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Cyber<>Spaces stands for the University's vision to become one of the leading European centres of interdisciplinary basic research on the societal implications of digitalisation by 2028. Researchers from all faculties and disciplines are driving this goal forward.

The thematic focus on Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures creates fruitful inter-faculty links at the University of Passau, spanning linguistics and cultural studies, business, economics, computer science, law and psychology. The involved researchers are working on topics such as changes in how we communicate and the phenomenon of filter bubbles in digital channels, data-driven platform economies and their ramifications for established organisations and regulatory policy, or the risks and opportunities of digitalisation for developing countries.

Research Insights

This is the conclusion reached by a research team from the University of Passau and the IÉSEG School of Management in a study conducted as part of a German Research Foundation (DFG) project.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Heckmann überreicht Ann Cathrin Riedel den For..Net Media Awards 2020

Her newsletter renders the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation comprehensible to a broad public. Ann Cathrin Riedel, chairwoman of Digital Policy LOAD e.V., has received the first For..Net Media Award.

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The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal Government, of which the Passau economist Professor Carolin Häussler is also a member, has published some recommendations for the rebooting of the economy following the...

Our Strengths

<>Profile of the University of Passau. Since 2011 the University of Passau has been exploring the societal effects of digitalisation across all faculties. Examples of this are the Technik Plus development initiative, the federally funded SKILL project (webpage in German) and the establishment of the Passau Centre for e-Humanities, which is also funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Based on the fruitful co-operation in these, and many other, projects, scholars and scientists at Passau developed the thematic focus on Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures. Building on past successes and strong performances in recent THE worldwide university rankings, including the THE Young Universities Rankings (of universities under 50), the University strives to become one of the leading European centres of interdisciplinary basic research on the societal implications of digitalisation by its 50th anniversary in 2028.

<>International and interdisciplinary. Our researchers have access to the resources of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS), our central scholarly unit under the roof of the Researcher and ECR Support Services Division. PICAIS provides support for interdisciplinary project and conference ideas, integrating international visiting researchers into the research landscape at the University of Passau.

<>Excellent conditions for early career researchers.The University considers it an important building block for research excellence to afford the best possible support to its early career researchers. This is shown in the fact that our researchers are able to attract special funding lines and engage in top-rate research. Examples of this are the DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 'Privacy and Digitalisation', the internationally-focused ZD.B Junior Research Groups, and two certificate programmes in Digital Technology and Entrepreneurship, which are also funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science through its digital innovation hub, Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B; webpage in German).

Topics explored by our early career researchers

Dr. Sebastian Schubach

Study on Google search ads: The young Passau researcher Dr. Sebastian Schubach is the only German to have made it into the top flight in the most important Europe-wide competition for the best PHD theses on marketing.

Computer science professor Harald Kosch and his young international team from the University of Passau.

It all began with a Franco-German Study Partnership: At the University of Passau, digital actors from industry, academia, and government are working together to advance digital systems research. By Nicola Jacobi

Studie der Universität Passau: Blitzmarathons bremsen Raserinnen und Raser nur kurz. Foto: Adobe Stock

Professor Stefan Bauernschuster and Dr. Ramona Rekers have spent four years evaluating millions of datasets to show that speed trap campaigns are only effective in the short term.

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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 and a member of the Social Policy Committee of the German Economic Association.

Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Development Economics

Professor Michael Grimm

researches technological change in developing countries

What are the measures that enable developing countries to participate in global market processes?

What are the measures that enable developing countries to participate in global market processes?

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.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser

Professor Stefan Katzenbeisser

researches cyber security and technical data protection

How can critical infrastructures in a networked world be protected against cyber attacks?

How can critical infrastructures in a networked world be protected against cyber attacks?

Professor Stefan Katzenbeisser has held the Chair of Computer Engineering at the University of Passau since 2019. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics (IEEE). He is head of a subproject on applied cryptography at the DFG Collaborative Research Centre CROSSING at the TU Darmstadt. 

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 the regulation of the Platform Economy

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 and 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 the digital and analogue media?

How credible is the worldview created by the 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 Digitalisation’, 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?

Kai von Lewinski is Professor of Public Law, Media Law and Information Law at the University of Passau and chairs the DFG-funded Research Training Group 1681/2 ‘Privacy and Digitalisation’. 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 affect us as humans?

How does being connected online affect us as humans?

Professor Susanne Mayr has held the Chair of Psychology and Human–Machine Interaction of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities 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.

Prof. Dr. Hannah Schmid-Petri, Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Wissenschaftskommunikation an der Universität Passau.

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri

researches public debates – both on line and off

How are digitalisation issues publicly discussed and what consequences does that have for political processes?

How are digitalisation issues publicly discussed and what consequences does that have for political processes?

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri has been holder of the Chair of Science Communication at the University of Passau since 2017. She analyses public discussions on political issues such as digitalisation and climate change.

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 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. Previously, he gained his doctoral and postdoctoral degrees at TU Darmstadt.