Linards Udris

Linards Udris, Dr.

Oberassistent / Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 44 635 21 17

Room number: AND 2.86

l.udris@ikmz.uzh.ch

Research interests

Sociology of the public sphere, political communication, social change, quality of media

Curriculum vitae

Since 2018: Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the Department of Communication and Media Research IKMZ / University of Zurich and Deputy Director of Research at fög - Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society / University of Zurich

2015-2017: Deputy Director of fög - Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society / University of Zurich

Since 2011: Research Associate at fög - Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society / University of Zurich

Since 2006: Lecturer at the Universities of Zurich (since 2006), Bern (2014, 2016), Salzburg (2016), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (since 2011) and Bern University of Applied Sciences Social Work (since 2014)

2010: Doctorate (Dr. phil.) with the dissertation "Political Extremism and Radicalism: Problematization and Discursive Opportunity Structures in Public Communication in German-speaking Switzerland" (K. Imhof, F. Esser)

2005-2010: Research and Teaching Associate at fög - Center for Research on the Public and Society / University of Zurich

2000-2001: Teacher of German at Hartford Union High School (Wisconsin, USA)

1997-2005: Studies of General History, English Linguistics and Sociology at the University of Zurich

Download full CV here (PDF, 330 KB)

External activities and memberships

Conference organizer: "Media performance and Democracy - The Debate Continues" (ICA Preconference, San Diego, May 2017; together with J. Seethaler, Austrian Academy of Sciences), "Populism and Democracy" (BMU & NCCR Democracy, Zurich, June 2016, together with W. Wirth & F. Esser, IKMZ UZH, and W. Haug, BMU), "Media Performance and Democracy - Defining and Measuring the Quality of News" (ICA Preconference, Fukuoka, June 2016, together with J. Seethaler, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Guest contributions in media and blogs, for example Neue Zürcher Zeitung (5.5.2015), Republik (15.2.2018), medienwoche.ch (10.3.201630.5.2015), Geschichte der Gegenwart (2.4.2017), defacto (17.3.2017, 24.11.2015), European Journalism Observatory (8.1.20187.7.201724.1.201725.1.2016), and interviews, e.g. Le Temps (29.12.2017), Echo der Zeit (Radio SRF, 19.3.20173.3.2011), Deutschlandfunk (13.12.2017), radioeins Medienmagazin (3.3.2018), SRF myschool (25.10.20174.9.2017), Radio SRF 2 Kultur (22.10.2015) or persoenlich.com (26.11.2014)

Review activities for ICA (Political Communication Division), ECREA (Political Communication Division), "Publizistik", "M &K - Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft", "Information, Communication & Society" and "Swiss Political Science Review" 

Member of ICA, ECREA and SGKM, associated partner of the European Journalism Observatory

Invitations and awards

2018: Invitation as keynote speaker at the division conference "Political communication in and about crises" (DGPuK & SGKM, Division Communication and Politics), Fribourg, 9.2.2018

2018 and 2017: Invitation as speaker at the Swiss Digital Day, Zurich main station, October 2018 and November 2017; watch video accompanying the event with the UZH Talk by Linards Udris here ("Nutzen wir in zehn Jahren im Internet noch gute Medien?")

2009: Award of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research for the dissertation (Sabbatical)

Projects (last five years)

2010-current: Yearbook Quality of the Media - Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera, sponsored by the Kurt Imhof Foundation for Media Quality.

2018-current: Media performance and democracy, D-A-CH project, funded by DFG, FWF and SNF

2013-current: election and voting monitor (analysis of media coverage of elections and votes in Switzerland), supported by own resources.

2015-2017: Growing intimacy in the public sphere, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation

2013-2017: Debating social security - an analysis of media coverage about the reform of retirement provisions, supported by the private sector

2012-2015: Political populism and media populism, supported by BMU Foundation Population, Migration and Environment

2010-2013: Conceptions of Europe - alternative demos conceptions in the European Union, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NCCR Democracy)

Selected publications

2019 (in press): Long-Term Trend in News Content. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.838 (In cooperation with Edda Humprecht)

2018: Politische Inszenierungen. Eine Inhalts- und Resonanzanalyse der Facebook-Seiten bundesdeutscher Parteien. Durchgeführt vom Forschungsinstitut Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft der Universität Zürich (fög) im Auftrag der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Bonn. Download here. (In cooperation with Jens Lucht, Daniel Vogler)

2018: Das Intime im Blick der Medien. Eine vergleichende Analyse zur Intimisierung der Berichterstattung in Schweizer Informationsmedien der Gattungen Presse, Rundfunk und Online. In: Roger Blum, Mark Eisenegger, Patrik Ettinger & Marlis Prinzing (Hg): Intimisierung des Öffentlichen. Reihe Mediensymposium Luzern, Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag. (In cooperation with Mario Schranz)

Since 2010: Co-author of the Yearbook Quality of the Media (Volumes 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Author of the chapter «Hauptbefunde» and «Radio und Fernsehen». Main results of the current yearbook here.

2016: News Coverage about Direct-Democratic Campaigns in a Period of Structural Crisis. In: Journal of Information Policy 6, S. 68–104. DOI: 10.5325/jinfopoli.6.2016.0068. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.6.2016.0068 (In cooperation with Mark Eisenegger, Jörg Schneider)

2015: Contested elections in increasingly commercialized media. A diachronic analysis of Executive and Parliamentary elections news coverage in Switzerland. In: Swiss Political Science Review (In cooperation with Jens Lucht, Jörg Schneider)

2014: Transformation of the news media: growing independence from politics – growing dependence on the market. In: Frank Esser und Jesper Strömbäck (Hg.): Mediatization of Politics: Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 114-136. (In cooperation with Jens Lucht)

2013: Kommerzialisierung und Konzentration der Medien im internationalen Vergleich. In: fög - Forschungsbereich Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft / Universität Zürich (Hg.): Qualität der Medien. Schweiz - Suisse – Svizzera (Studien 1/2013). Basel: Schwabe, S. 1-31. (In cooperation with Jens Lucht)

2012: The Press and the Repeal of National Prohibition. In: Thomas Welskopp und Alan Lessoff (Hg.): Fractured Modernity - America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s to 1940s. München: Oldenbourg, S. 97–127.

2012: Schweizer Medien im Wahlkampf. Qualität der Medienberichterstattung vor den Eidgenössischen Wahlen 2011. In: fög - Forschungsbereich Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft / Universität Zürich (Hg.): Jahrbuch 2012 Qualität der Medien. Schweiz - Suisse - Svizzera. Basel: Schwabe, S. 293–315.

2012: Qualität der Medien - Wo steht der Aargau? In: Béatrice Ziegler und Nicole Wälti (Hg.): Wahl-Probleme der Demokratie (Schriften zur Demokratieforschung. Herausgegeben durch das Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau, 5). Zürich: Schulthess, S. 203–224.

2011: Politischer Extremismus und Radikalismus. Problematisierung und diskursive Gelegenheitsstrukturen in der öffentlichen Kommunikation der Deutschschweiz. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. Download Manuskript (PDF, 8755 KB)

2011: Qualitätsmedien in Pressesystemen. Wandel der Medienstrukturen gleich Wandel der Medieninhalte? In: Roger Blum, Heinz Bonfadelli, Kurt Imhof und Otfried Jarren (Hg.): Krise der Leuchttürme öffentlicher Kommunikation – Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Qualitätsmedien. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, S. 151–176. (In cooperation with Jens Lucht)

2011: Rechtsextremismus und öffentliche Kommunikation. In: Brigitta Gerber und Damir Skenderovic (Hg.): Wider die Ausgrenzung. Für eine offene Schweiz (Debatten). Zürich: Chronos, pp. 93–137. (In cooperation with Patrik Ettinger)

2011: Problematisierung des Fremden in der direkten Demokratie. In: fög - Forschungsbereich Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft / Universität Zürich (Hg.): Qualität der Medien - Jahrbuch 2011. Schweiz - Suisse - Svizzera. Basel: Schwabe, S. 377–407. (In cooperation with Kurt Imhof, Patrik Ettinger)

2009: Islam as a threat? Problematisation of Muslims in the mass media and effects on the political system. In: Lee Marsden und Heather Savigny (Hg.): Media, Religion, and Conflict. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, S. 59–80. (In cooperation with Patrik Ettinger)

2009: Öffentliche Kommunikation im Umbruch? Wandel der Medienstrukturen und Medieninhalte in ländervergleichender und diachroner Perspektive. In: Birgit Stark und Melanie Magin (Hg.): Die österreichische Medienlandschaft im Umbruch (Relation: Beiträge zur vergleichenden Kommunikationsforschung, New Series, vol. 3). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, S. 17–40. (In cooperation with Jens Lucht)

2009: New Chances for Attracting Attention: The Extreme Right and Radical Right in Swiss Public Communication, 1960-2005. In: Marcel A. Niggli (Hg.): Right-wing Extremism in Switzerland. National and international perspectives (Studien zur Schweizer Politik, 2). Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 41–57. (In cooperation with Kurt Imhof, Patrik Ettinger)

2007: Jewish and Muslim Actors in the Media: Presentation of a Method for Capturing Typifications of Inclusion and Exclusion. In: Martin Liepach, Gabriele Melischek und Josef Seethaler (Hg.): Jewish Images in the Media (Relation. Zeitschrift für vergleichende Kommunikationsforschung New Series Vol. 2), S.121–137. (In cooperation with Mark Eisenegger)

Teaching

Elections and referenda in media society (spring semester 2019 - lecture UZH)

Mediated protest (fall semester 2017 – lecture UZH)

Direct democracy, media debate and political culture (fall semester 2016 – lecture UZH, in cooperation with P. Ettinger)

Introduction to comparative public sociology (spring semester 2016 – lecture UZH, in cooperation with C. Caspar)

Change of the public sphere, change of political organizations and media organizations (spring semester 2017 – course UZH)

International comparative system approaches to research public communication (fall semester 2016 – training course UZH)

Media content and determining factors (spring semester 2016 – proseminar University of Bern)

Political organizational communication research (spring semester 2016 – conversatorium University of Salzburg)

Use of qualitative methods in social sciences – interviews, observation, content analyses etc. (fall semester 2015 – lecture UZH, in cooperation with U. Klinger)

Public sociological perspectives on votes and elections (spring semester 2015 – lecture UZH)

Influences on public communication (spring semester 2015 – course UZH)