CV

Dr. phil. Benjamin Bigl, born in 1979 in Leipzig, studied Communications, Journalism, and History until 2007. Benjamin finished his PhD in 2014 (summa cum laude) with an empirical study on the usage and the effects of virtual video games. His dissertaion „Virtuelle Computerspielwelten“ was published at Herbert von Halem publishers.

Currently leading, developing, and establishing the pilot project Medienpädagogisches Zentrum+ (MPZ+) as Project Manager on behalf the Saxon State Board for Private Broadcasting and New Media, Landkreis Nordsachsen, and the Saxon Ministry for Education.

Research Topics & Interests

Media usage and effects research, media literacy, game studies, social science methods, journalism research, environmental communication, media and communiaction management. Interested in the development of academic curricula and project management.

International research stipends in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Reviewer for IAMCR Section „Environmental Science and Risk Communication“, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung (ZQF), MEDIENWissenschaftJournal für Sportkommunikation und Mediensport, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik (DGPuK), Landtagsfraktion der SPD im Sächsischen Landtag.

Work Experience

since 2018 Project Manager on behalf the Saxon State Board for Private Broadcasting and New Media, Landkreis Nordsachsen, and the Saxon Ministry for Education (fulltime)

2015 – 2017 Program Director of the international double degree masters program Global Mass Communication / Journalism in cooperation with the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism der Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (USA).

2009 – 2014 Assistant of the Executive Diretor, Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig

2009 – 2018 Research Associate at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig

Teaching Assignments

2020 SRH – The Mobile University (SRH Fernhochschule), Lectuire (Master) „Digitales Marketing & Social Media“.

2019 Hochschule Hannover, University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Hannover), Master-Seminar „Medien- und Gesellschaftstrends“.

2019 Ostfalia University of Apllied Sciences (Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften), Lecture (Master) „Medienbilung im ländlichen Raum“.

since 2018 BA Saxony – University of Cooperative Education (Berufsakademie Sachsen), Lecture (Bachelor) „Quantitative und Qualitative Forschungsmethoden“.

2018 Research Academy (Leipzig University), PhD-Workshop „Proposal Writing“.

2016 – 2018 FOM – University of applied Sciences (Fachhochhschule Ökonomie und Management), Master Seminar „Methoden der Sozialforschung“.

2012 – 2014 Center for Young Scientists, Technical University Chemnitz (Zentrum für Wissenscahftlichen Nachwuchs, TU Chemnitz), PhD-Workshop.

Freelancer for La Maree Filmproduktion and Consulting