Max Hänska

PhD (LSE), MSc (LSE), BA (Kent)

I explore the role of digital technologies in political communication and citizen journalism, and the impact of communication on our political decision making. Increasingly I am also interested in experimental practices with digital methods, in particular the use of deep learning for visual social media analysis. I am the founding editor of the Euro Crisis in the Press blog.


New paper on International Journalism and the Emergence of Transnational Publics and on Social Media & the Arab Spring: How communication technology shapes socio-political change.

On March 20 Fabrizio Poltronieri will be presenting our work on the use of convolutional neural networks for visual social media analysis at the HIIG Workshop on “The turn to artificial intelligence in governing communication online

In May I will be presenting some longstanding work on the justice and communication at the ICA pre-conference on “Applying the Capabilities Approach to Media and Communications” in Prague.

In the autumn of 2017 I was a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen.

Together with Stefan Bauchowitz I am exploring the role of Social media in facilitating a European public sphere. Some preliminary results are published here: A European Twitter sphere? What tweets on the Greek bailout say about how Europeans interact online; and here: How visible are Britain’s EU renegotiation demands across Europe’s twitterspheres?


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