Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach is head of the research group Internet Policy and Governance and lead researcher for Research Program: The Evolving Digital Society. He also acts as interim professor for communication policy and media economics at the Institute for Media and Communication Research at Freie Universität Berlin. He is Chair of the Section Digital Communication of the German Association for Media and Communication Research.
His research addresses the intersection of technology, communication, and governance. He is a co-initiator of the open access journal Internet Policy Review and co-editor of the open access book series Digital Communication Research.
Christian was co-responsible for hosting the 2016 conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Berlin – for the first time in Germany. Christian studied media and communication studies, philosophy, and computer science in Berlin, Madrid and Potsdam. Before joining the HIIG, he was a research associate and lecturer at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin where he received his PhD (summa cum laude) with a thesis on media governance and technology that won the bi-annual dissertation award of the german communication association (DGPuK).