Laia Castro Herrero

Laia Castro Herrero, Dr.

Oberassistentin / Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 44 635 20 43

Room number: AND 3.52



2014 - 2017 PhD in Social Sciences. Department of Communication & Media Research (DCM), University of Fribourg.

2006 - 2008 M.Phil. in Political Marketing: Strategies and Political Communication. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2001 - 2005 BA in Political Science (4-year degree). Universitat Pompeu Fabra.



2017-today Senior Research & Teaching Associate. IKMZ, University of Zurich.

2013 – 2017 Research and Teaching Assistant. DCM, University of Fribourg.

2008 - 2011 Advisor to the Mayor's Office. Barcelona City Council.

2004 - 2008 Assistant to the Vice-President. Parliament of Catalonia.

Research & Teaching Interests

Political Communication, Media Effects, Political Attitudes and Behavior, International and Comparative Media Research, Media Systems & Media Structures, European Media & Politics


Grants and Awards

2017 Top paper award, ICA Political Communication Division, San Diego, 2017

2014 - 2017 NCCR doctoral grant of the Doctoral Program Democracy Studies - NCCR

2016 Jean Nordmann Foundation grant for a research stay at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2013 - 2014 Travel grants of the International Communication Association and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Science

Referee Work & Academic Service

Reviewer for the International Journal of Press/Politics, the International Journal of Communication, Media and Communication, Studies in Communication Sciences, and the Political Communication Sections of ICA and ECREA

Organizer "Applying for a Job in Academia", Workshop at University of Zurich (August 21, 2017)

Co-organizer "Doing Social and Political Research in the Digital Age", Workshop at University of Zurich (November 5-6, 2015)

Member of ICA, ECREA and SGKM

2013-2014 Representative of the researchers of the Department of Mass Media and Communication Research at University of Fribourg in the departmental council

Participation in multidisciplinary debates for the FECYT (Spanish Foundation of Science and


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