In December 2018, Irene Broer started her position at the Hans Bredow Institute as junior researcher for the collaborative project “MeWiKo”
, funded by BMBF. This project investigates the influence of external science communication (e.g. in journalism) on the impact of scientific publications. Using editorial ethnography and a survey of science journalists, the sub-project at the Hans Bredow Institut will focus on how editorial selection processes contribute to this.
Irene Broer holds a B.Sc. in cultural anthropology from Utrecht University, with additional courses in conflict studies and political science from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest and Radboud University Nijmegen. She was able to pursue her interest in the power of the media in the Erasmus Mundus master's program 'Journalism, Media and Globalisation' in Aarhus and Hamburg. After graduation, she was involved in a mixed-methods project at Hamburg University on sustainable memory in journalism where she was responsible for an interview study with Dutch and German journalists. Next to her research activities, Irene has worked as an editor for several local and international media, and co-founded the Hamburg-based print and online publication Gute Leute Magazine.