Laurens Lauer

Laurens Lauer

I am a Post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and a member of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany. I am associated with the chair for Sociology with focus on Comparative Sociology (Acting Professor: Prof. Dr. Jenny Preunkert), where I completed my Ph.D. on the spread of political fact-checking initiatives under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack. I studied social sciences with an emphasis on sociology, political science, and economics at the Philipps-University Marburg and completed my master’s degree in sociology at the University of Vienna with my thesis on „The Generation of Collective Knowledge: Case Study of a Free/Open Source Software Project”.

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My general research focuses on the changing framework of (semi-)public mass communication and its implications for social discourses and societal orders in general. This includes new media phenomena and their embeddedness in diverse societal environments and media systems, the actors involved, their novel practices, and their increasingly transnational exchange relations and cooperations.

I have conducted extensive research on the field of (political) fact-checking, covering both fact-checking initiatives in various countries and the community of fact-checkers on a global scale. In particular, my dissertation explored different forms and logics of political fact-checking initiatives in Argentina, Georgia, Italy, and the United States in connection with relevant political and media characteristics of their respective contexts. A manuscript giving a comprehensive overview of the findings of this research project is underway – stay tuned!

Currently, I am working on understanding the international network of fact-checkers, its ability to organize and connect with other stakeholders and fields of activities in the domain of public communication. I am further exploring my more general interests in the area of trust and truth in digital information environments and emerging initiatives that will shape the ideas in this realm.

Publication & Presentations

Graves, L. & Lauer, L. (2020): From Movement to Institution. The “GlobalFact” Summit as a Field-Configuring Event”, Sociologica, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 157–174.

05/23/2020 „Genesis and Development of a Journalistic Subfield: The 'Globalfact' Summit as a Field-Configuring Event”, Conference:70th Annual ICA Conference (together with Lucas Graves)

01/29/2020 „Die automatische Verifizierung öffentlicher Diskurse – Zum schwierigen Verhältnis von Fact-Checking und Internetplattformen“, Kolloquium TU Berlin, Germany

09/04/2019 “The formation of the International Fact-Checking Network”, together with Lucas Graves; 1st Annual Conference “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Cooperation Research”; University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

09/27/2018 “Fact-Checking: Die Verifizierung öffentlicher Diskurse“, Conference “Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Göttingen, Germany

09/15/2017 “Similar practice, different logics: fact-checkers around the world”, Conference “Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-truth age?”, Cardiff University`s School of Journalism, Median and Culture, Cardiff, UK

Grote, S., Lauer, L. (2013): Studienbrief „Organisationales Lernen“, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Kauffeld, S., Grote, S. & Lauer, L. (2013): Gruppendiagnostik. S. 105-125 in: Werner, C. & Elbe, M. (Hg.). Handbuch Organisationsdiagnose. München: Herbert Utz.

Branscheidt, M., Lauer, L. (2012): Romantische Liebe in der neurobiologischen Forschung. S. 93-103 in: Mixa, E., Vogel, P. (Hg.), E-Motions. Transformationsprozesse in der Gegenwartskultur. Wien: Verlag Turia + Kant.

Grote, S., Kauffeld, S., Denison, K., Billich-Knapp, M., Lauer, L., Frieling, E. (2012): Kompetenzen und deren Management: ein Überblick. S. 35-56 in: Grote, S., Kauffeld, S., Frieling, E. (Hg.), Kompetenzmanagement. Grundlagen und Praxisbeispiele. 2. überarb. Auflage, Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag, 15-34.

Hertel, G., Lauer, L. (2012): Führung auf Distanz und E-Leadership – die Zukunft der Führung? S. 103-118 in: Grote, S. (Hg.), Die Zukunft der Führung. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.