Research Cluster Cyber<>Spaces

Research Cluster Cyber<>Spaces

What (digital) spaces do we live in?

The planned Cluster 'Cyber<>Spaces: Discourse, Co-Creation, and Institutions in the Age of Digitalization' will establish a unique forum for interdisciplinary basic research on one of the most pressing issues of our time: the societal implications of digitalization.

To this end, the Cluster will join 19 scholars from two fields, cultural and language studies and economic and business studies, and complements them with pertinent expertise in computer science, law, and psychology. This positioning at the cultural-economic interface adds an important and novel dimension to the academic landscape of research on digitalization.

The Research Cluster will be organized into three interconnected research areas, which are defined by their specific understandings of spaces: 
In Cyber<>Discourse, scholars envision spaces as dynamic cultural spheres that actors socially construct and negotiate through communication. This area is guided by the question: "How do actors create and instrumentalize communicative spaces in the age of digitalization, and how do these spaces affect people’s perceptions, identities, and cultures?". 
In Cyber<>Co-Creation, scholars focus on spaces that emerge when actors create and capture value in the cybersphere. Here, the question is: 'How are cooperation and coordination organized in digital spaces, and what does this imply for decision makers?'. 
In Cyber<>Institutions, scholars study the humanly devised sets of rules that define spaces of legitimacy and, thereby, shape economic and social activity. The guiding question in this area is: 'How should social and economic activity in the cybersphere be governed, and what is the impact of digitalization on social well-being in both the developed and the developing world?'.

Cyber<>Spaces reflects the strategic profile of the University of Passau and advances its mission to conduct 'Networked Society, Digitalisation and Internet Culture'. The planned Cluster embraces the momentum triggered by the University’s rapid structural and personnel development since 2011 and particularly promotes early career researchers, especially postdoctoral female scholars. Altogether, Cyber<>Spaces represents a key step towards achieving the University’s vision of becoming one of Europe’s leading centers for basic research on the societal implications of digitalization by 2030.

Principal Investigator(s) at the University Prof. Dr. Sven Apel (Lehrstuhl für Software Engineering I)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bauernschuster (Lehrstuhl für Public Economics)

Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm (Lehrstuhl für Development Economics)

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Harnisch (Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft)

Prof. Dr. Harry Haupt (Lehrstuhl für Statistik)

Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler (Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit Schwerpunkt Organisation, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship)

Prof. Dr. Andreas König (Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit Schwerpunkt Strategisches Management, Innovation und Entrepreneurship)

Prof. Dr. Hans Krah (Lehrstuhl für Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft)

Prof. Dr. Jan Krämer (Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik mit Schwerpunkt Internet Business)

Prof. Dr. Kai Lewinski (Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Medien- und Informationsrecht)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Mayr (Lehrstuhl für Psychologie mit Schwerpunkt Mensch - Maschine - Interaktion)

Prof. Dr. Martina Padmanabhan (Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Entwicklungs- und Kulturforschung (Schwerpunkt Südostasien))

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ursula Reutner (Lehrstuhl für Romanische Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft)

Prof. Dr. Björn Schuller (Lehrstuhl für Complex and Intelligent Systems)

Prof. Dr. Jan Hendrik Schumann (Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit Schwerpunkt Marketing und Innovation)

Prof. Dr. Louisa Specht (Lehrstuhl für Europäisches und Internationales Informations- und Datenrecht)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Uffelmann (Lehrstuhl für Slavische Literaturen und Kulturen)

Prof. Dr. Daniela Wawra (Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprache und Kultur)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Widjaja (Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik mit Schwerpunkt Betriebliche Informationssysteme)
Project period 01.01.16

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