Universität Erfurt

20 Jahre Kommunikationswissenschaft in Erfurt

Hanna Lütke Lanfer, M.A.

Seit Oktober 2017 Doktorandin an der Professur für Kommunikationswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Soziale Kommunikation bei Prof. Dr. Constanze Rossmann.

Förderung durch die Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung.


Kontakt: hanna.luetke_lanfer@uni-erfurt.de


  • Seit Oktober 2017: Doktorandin an der Professur für Kommunikationswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Soziale Kommunikation; thematischer Fokus: Risikokommunikation in Gesundheitskrisen
  • 2011 – 2014: Master-Studium an der Universität Groningen, Niederlande, im Studiengang „Journalismus“; Master-Arbeit zum Thema „A tug-of-war: Power, the media and a politician”
  • 2013 – 2017: berufliche Tätigkeit in den Bereichen Journalismus, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Werbung in Deutschland, Sierra Leone und Australien
  • 2013: Hospitanz im Politikressort der Zeit
  • 2007 – 2011: Bachelor-Studium an der Universität Hildesheim im Studiengang „Internationale Kommunikation und Übersetzen“ mit Auslandsaufenthalten in Spanien und Belgien; Bachelor-Arbeit zum Thema „Führt Sprachkontakt unweigerlich zum Sprachkonflikt?


Forschungsfelder allgemein: Gesundheitskommunikation, Risikokommunikation in Gesundheitsrisiken
Forschungsthemen: Medienkanäle und -nutzung in nicht-westlichen Ländern, kulturübergreifende Gesundheitskommunikation


Working title: Uncovering relationships between infection-rate dynamics and communication interventions in public health emergencies

In a world increasingly interconnected both in the physical and digital space, growing epidemic risk calls for effective responses to local health crises to ensure international security. Here, risk communications in public health emergencies have become recognised as a significant factor in addressing perceived and actual risks of populations, influencing human behaviour and thus preventing the spread of communicable diseases. However, there also is potential for unintended or harmful effects as risk and crisis communication activities interact with psychological, social, and cultural processes in ways that can increase or decrease perceptions of risk and, consequently, shape behaviours.

Existing research lacks a greater understanding of the interrelations between communication activities, epidemic progression and the social and cultural processing of risk information, especially in a non-Western context. Centred around four research questions, this research project aims to establish links between these variables by collecting data of communication activities during the West African Ebola outbreak, taking into account knowledge from health communication and cross-cultural research, theories on risk perception (e.g. the Social Amplification Risk Framework (SARF) and communication.

In drawing inferences from quantitative and qualitative data analysis over time, the planned research aims to contribute to the body of literature on cross-cultural research in health risk and crisis communication. It could also add to theory building in the area of risk communication in public health emergencies and improve the effectiveness of future responses.



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