DSI Fellows sind Wissenschaftler:innen der Universität Zürich und anderer Hochschulen, die mit einer DSI Community zusammenarbeiten. Das Fellowship-Programm der DSI bezweckt die Förderung der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit zu allen Fragen der Auswirkungen der digitalen Transformation.

Aktuelle DSI Fellows

Dr. Julia Rone

Dr. Julia Rone arbeitet von Februar bis Mai 2023 als DSI Fellow mit der DSI Community Democarcy. Sie befasst sich mit folgendem Thema:

National Preference Formation on Digital Sovereignty in Europe

Discourses on digital sovereignty have proliferated in the policy space of the European Union over the last few years. Timely research has explored these discourses at both the EU level and in the German context, identifying digital sovereignty as a coalition magnet that allows bridging diverse economic interests and projects (Schmitz and Seidl, 2022; Lambach and Operrmann, 2022; Pohle & Thiel, 2021). Yet two important questions remain outstanding.

First, we still know little about the process of national preference formation on digital sovereignty. To what extent are ambitions to achieve digital sovereignty democratically informed as opposed to being executive-driven? (RQ 1.1.)? What has been the role of national industry representatives and trade unions in lobbying for specific national preferences on digital sovereignty? (RQ 1. 2)? Second, to what extent are ambitions to achieve digital sovereignty supported by EU member states beyond Germany and France (RQ 2.1.)? And (how) do non-EU countries such as Switzerland participate in discussions and policy making around digital sovereignty? (RQ 2.2).

The project addresses these questions through a comparative empirical study, taking as key cases Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, and Switzerland. Thus, Dr. Julia Rone focuses on the overlooked topic of national preference formation to explore why digital sovereignty matters and to whom it actually matters.  


Dr. Johanna Pirker

Dr. Johanna Pirker arbeitet im März 2023 als DSI Fellow mit der DSI Community Gaming.

Johanna Pirker is professor for media informatics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and assistant professor, software engineer, and researcher at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science at Graz University of Technology (TUG).

She specialized in games and environments that engage users to learn, train, and work together through motivating tasks. She has long-lasting experience in game design and development, as well as virtual world development, and has worked in the video game industry at Electronic Arts.

Her research interests include AI, data analysis, immersive environments (VR), games research, gamification strategies, HCI, e-learning, CSE, and IR. She has authored and presented numerous publications in her field and lectured at universities such as Harvard, Berlin Humboldt University, or the University of Göttingen.

Johanna was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of science professionals, and was awarded the Women in Tech Award by Futurezone (2019), the Käthe Leicher Award (2020), and the Hedy-Lamarr Award (2021).

Further information on her website.


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