Team – Dr. Johannes Breuer

Dr. Johannes Breuer

Johannes Breuer

team leader Research Data & Methods

Dr. Johannes Breuer (team leader Research Data & Methods)

Dr. Johannes Breuer co-leads the team Research Data & Methods together with Dr. Katrin Weller. He develops concepts for methodological support for the researchers at CAIS who conduct empirical research and implements those together with the other team members. In his research he deals with questions of accessing and working with digital trace data as well as linking them with other data types (esp. surveys). Besides his position at the CAIS, he works as a senior researcher in the team Data Augmentation at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Department Survey Data Curation).

Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2017 senior researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • From 2015 to 2017 postdoctoral researcher in the ERC project „Redefining Tie Strength – How social media (can) help us to get non-redundant useful information and emotional support“ (ReDefTie; PI: Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz) at the IWM – Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Knowledge Media Research Center) in Tübingen
  • From 2014 to 2017 Postdoc at the chair for media and communication psychology (Prof. Dr. Gary Bente), University of Cologne
  • 2013 Ph.D. in psychology, University of Cologne
  • From 2010 to 2014 research associate in the ERC project „The social fabric of virtual life: A longitudinal multi-method study on the social foundations of online gaming“ (SOFOGA; PI: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt)” at the University of Hohenheim (2010 to 2012) and the University of Münster (2012 to 2014)
  • From 2007 to 2010 research associate in the EU project „Psychologically Augmented Social Interaction Over Networks“ (PASION) at the chair for media and communication psychology (Prof. Dr. Gary Bente), University of Cologne
  • 2007 Diplom (equivalent to MA) in media studies (media psychology & cultural studies), University of Cologne
Research Interests
  • Use and effects of digital media
  • Digital trace data
  • Computational methods
  • Open science
Selected Publications
  • Breuer, J., Al Baghal, T., Sloan, L., Bishop, L., Kondyli, D., & Linardis, A. (2021). Informed consent for linking survey and social media data—Differences between platforms and data types. IASSIST Quarterly, 45(1), 1–27.
  • Schmitt, J. B., Breuer, J., & Wulf, T. (2021). From cognitive overload to digital detox: Psychological implications of telework during the COVID-19 pandemic. Computers in Human Behavior, Advance online publication.
  • Breuer, J., Bishop, L., & Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (2020). The practical and ethical challenges in acquiring and sharing digital trace data: Negotiating public-private partnerships. New Media & Society, 22(11), 2058–2080.
  • Breuer, J., Wulf, T., & Mohseni, M. R. (2020). New Formats, New Methods: Computational Approaches as a Way Forward for Media Entertainment Research. Media and Communication, 8(3), 147–152.
  • Scharkow, M., Mangold, F., Stier, S., & Breuer, J. (2020). How social network sites and other online intermediaries increase exposure to news. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(6), 2761–2763.
  • Stier, S., Breuer, J., Siegers, P., & Thorson, K. (2020). Integrating Survey Data and Digital Trace Data: Key Issues in Developing an Emerging Field. Social Science Computer Review, 38(5), 503–516.