People

The Media and Communications Policy Resources is being developed and updated by the Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. The Group was established by Professor Katharine Sarikakis in 2011 and brings together international scholars from different cognate disciplines, whose intellectual and sociocultural interests gravitate to the systematic study of the policies and politics of media, culture and communication. Our teaching is research-informed and our pedagogical philosophy is based on active, student-centred and student-led learning. For more information on our research and activities, please visit our website.


The Team

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharine Sarikakis

Katharine Sarikakis is Professor of Communication Science with specialisation in Media Governance, Media Organisation and Media Industries at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. For a full CV and record of scientific work, expert consultation and service to the community, please visit her personal website


Olga Kolokytha, PhD

Olga Kolokytha is Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral RA with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab, at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna.


Dipl.-Soz. Izabela Korbiel

Izabela Korbiel is a PhD candidate working on media coverage of suicide in times of crisis. Her project, supervised by Prof. Katharine Sarikakis, covers a field of suicide and public sphere and explores primary European newspapers.


Mag. Asimina Koukou

Asimina Koukou is a PhD candidate studying the governance of communicative spaces in Europe in times of crisis. She is conducting her research at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna, under the supervision of Professor Katharine Sarikakis and Ao. Univ. Professor Wolfgang Hofkirchner.


Dr. iur. Krisztina Rozgonyi MA MBA

Krisztina Rozgonyi is conducting her PhD research at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Katharine Sarikakis. She has joined the Media Governance, Media Industries Research Lab recently.


Mag. Lisa Winter, Bakk.

Lisa Winter studied Communication Science at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. Her MA thesis, supervised by Professor Katharine Sarikakis, investigated the media coverage of European Identity and Integration in times of crisis.


Anthony Mills

Anthony Mills is a Phd Candidate, under the supervision of Professor Katharine Sarikakis, researching the post-Snowden impact of state surveillance on watchdog journalism in Western democracies. Currently the Vienna correspondent of France24, he is a former CNN Beirut correspondent, and former deputy director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute, the world’s oldest global press freedom organisation.


Yulia Belinskaya, M.Α.

Yulia Belinskaya is a PhD candidate conducting her research under the supervision of Professor Katharine Sarikakis. Her research project is concerned with Russian and European public media, with a strong focus on internationally broadcasting PSB.


Helia Asgari

Helia Asgari is  conducting her PhD research on the subfield of “governance from below”. Specifically, she explores citizens’ strategies and forms of controlling communicative environments in zones of crisis, with the specific case of Iran. Her interests concern the area of media governance, public sphere and social movements in Middle East.