Michael Brüggemann



Communication Sciences (Social Sciences), University of Hamburg


Michael is Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at University of Hamburg. He co-chairs the project Social Constructions of Climate Futures at the cluster of excellence Climate, Climatic Change and Society (CLICCS). In his current research, he focuses on climate communication and the communicative dimension of socio-ecological transformations: exploring how journalism, digital media networks and different social actors coproduce and shape public debates about global ecological challenges. Recently, he has explored both the neglect of climate coverage in the news as well as emerging practices of transformative journalism and tendencies towards discursive polarization.

Michael joined THE NEW INSTITUTE in the academic year 2023/24 as Chair for the program „Depolarizing Public Debates: Developing Tools for Transformative Communication”.


Polarisation Or Just Differences in Opinion. How and Why Facebook Users Disagree About Greta Thunberg
in: European Journal of Communication, 2022 (with Dag Elgesem)

Learning About Climate Politics During COP 21: Explaining a Diminishing Knowledge Gap
in: Public Understanding of Science, 2022 (with Fenja De Silva-Schmiddt, Imke Hoppe and Dorothee Arlt)

Media Systems in the Digital Age: An Empirical Comparison of 30 Countries
in: Journal of Communication, 2022 (with Edda Humbrecht, Laia Castro Herrero, Sina Blassnig, Sven Engesser)

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