Susan Benz

ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen

Research Area

Communication and Media Studies with a focus on Media Culture and Communication Theory


Susan Benz is a research associate at the Institute for Historic Journalism, Communication and Media Studies (IPKM) in the subject of communication and media studies at the University of Bremen since July 2017. She finished her master studies in communication and cultural management at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen in 2015 by dedicating her thesis to the topic of „media, public sphere and society between fragmentation and integration“. She was then research assistant within an international project funded by the CBHE Erasmus + program of the European Union „Media Literacy as a Media Competence Program for Social Change“. The project derived from a cooperation between six universities from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as the University of Vienna and the Open University of the Netherlands. In close collaboration with the partner universities she worked from April 2016 until July 2017 on a two-wave Delphi study, conducted in Southeast Asia. The study was the empirical basis for a massive open online course serving to enhance media literacy education in Southeast Asia.

Research Interests

Media culture and communication research, research on media competence and media literacy, public sphere