Scientific Staff


HUG, Theo, Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

Theo HugHug, Theo, Dr. phil. (born in 1960), took classes in psychology, pedagogy, mathematics and philosophy, and finished his postdoctoral qualification in 1996 at the University of Innsbruck (LFU).

Since 2011, he has been full professor of Educational Sciences (with emphasis on Media Education and Communications Culture), a founding member and coordinator of the interfaculty focal research group Innsbruck Media Studies.

Since 2015 he has been a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA), as well.

His areas of interest include media education and media literacy, mobile learning and micro-learning, medialization education, knowledge and communication, methodology and the philosophy of science.

More information about Theo Hug


e-mail: theo.hug_(at)
phone: +43 512 507-73602
fax: +43 512 507-949 73600

room: 383, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd Floor

consultation Hours: 15:30-16:30 pm, as arranged by e-mail

MISSOMELIUS, Petra, Assoz.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr.   

Petra MissomeliusMissomelius, Petra, Assoz.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr., studied modern German literature and media, European ethnology, and cultural research, as well as fine arts at Philipps University in Marburg, where she obtained her doctorate in 2006 with a thesis entitled “Digital Media Culture. Media configuration and perception.” Starting in 2001, she was employed as a research assistant at the Institute for Media Studies of the Faculty of German Studies and the Science of Art at Philipps University in Marburg, researching the artistic use of media, film analysis and knowledge, digital photography, and imaging methods in the natural sciences, as well as media education.

Since 2012, she has been at the Faculty of Education of Leopold Franzens University and working in the area of media education and communication culture. She is Speaker of the “Medienkultur und Bildung” (Media Culture and Education) Research Group of the Society for Media Science (GfM), as well as the “Keine Bildung ohne Medien” (“No Education Without Media”) policy initiative. She is Chief Editor of education/policy at the online journal “Medienimpulse – Beiträge zur Medienpädagogik” (“Media Impulses – contributions to media education”).

Her research fields are: media theory, (moving) image cultures and media practices, theories of the body and technology, media and science/education.

She is currently working on a monograph on education in transformative media cultures (habilitation treatise).

More information about Petra Missomelius:



e-mail: petra.missomelius_(at)
phone: +43 512 507-73603
fax: +43 512 507- 949 73600

room: 384, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd floor

consultation hours: as arranged by e-mail

PALLAVER, Günther, Univ.-Prof. DDr. 

Günther PallaverPallaver, Günther born in Bozen-Bolzano (1955), doctor of philosophy (PhD) and doctor of civil and canon low (J.U.D), is professor of Political Science with a special focus on media and political communication. He studied in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Verona and London. State examination of journalism in Rome in 1991, journalist from 1989-1995. Since 1995 he has been at the University of Innsbruck.

Visiting professor at the Universities of Trento and Bozen-Bolzano. Co-founded the research team Mediawatch (Innsbruck) for media monitoring and media analysis in 1996. Freelance collaborator with various print media. Co-organizer of the Summer School in European Studies Innsbruck-Trento (2001-2010) and co-organizer of the Winter School in Federalism and Governance (since 2010). Member of the Advisory Board of Contemporary Austrian Studies (Innsbruck-New Orleans) and member of the European Centre for Research on Federalism (University of Tübingen). President of the South Tyrolian Society for political science.

Research fields: Comparative politics, political communication, federalism, ethnic minorities and (ethno)regional parties.

More information about Günther Pallaver:


e-mail: guenther.pallaver_(at)
phone: +43 512 507-70121
fax: +43 512 507-70199

room: w 2.54, Department of Political Science, SOWI, Universitaetsstr. 15, Innsbruck

consultation hours: by telephone Agreement


ZEITEL-BANK, Natascha, Dr. 

Natascha Zeitel-BankZeitel-Bank, Natascha, Dr.  studied sociology at the university Mannheim with focus on European comparative social research and finished her doctoral thesis in political science at the university of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany (European Regional Policy and the impact of economic and political interests).

Beside her academic career, Dr. Zeitel-Bank worked more than ten years as journalist in the context of European affairs (ZDF, Deutsche Welle, Bavarian television) in Mainz, Munich, Berlin and Brussels. In this field she is still active. She worked also for five years as project leader for marketing and PR in France and Italy at the Tyrolean Tourist Board, GST (2003-2007).  

During her studies and professional experiences she completed research and study stays at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, South Africa, the University of Indiana, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana,USA and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia..

More information about Natascha Zeitel-Bank:


phone: +43 512 507-73608
fax: +43 512 507-949 73600

room: 385, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd Floor



interimistisch: Ina Fleischer

phone: +43 512 507-73604
fax: +43 512 507-949 73600

room: 386, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd floor

Technical Assistent:

Manfred Öttl


Technical secretary


e-mail: anton.lederwasch_(at)
phone: +43 512 507-73605
fax: +43 512 507-949 73600

room: 386, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd floor

Project Assistant DigiVis

Mag. HOLZMANN, Katharina  




HOFER, Nina  


HECHLl, Stefan B.A.  





Student Assistants


Ina FleischerFleischer, Ina, BA studies the Master`s Programme Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Education at the University of Innsbruck. The focus of her Bachelor`s Thesis was the processing of the phenomenon of emoji in computer-mediated communication (CMC).
Since 2018 she has worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Media, Society, and Communication.

More information about Ina Fleischer:

E-Mail: Ina.Fleischer_(at)






Heinrich, Rebecca


Haller, Caroline




Virtual Assistant


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Former Members


BERTHOLD, Patrick 

BSTIELER, Michaela  

Michaela Bstieler

Bstieler, Michaela, BBA, studies philosophy and educational sciences at the University of Innsbruck. She has been able to gain in-depth experience in the fields of media and social sciences, philosophy, and social psychology thanks to her positions as a research assistant at several departments of the faculty of humanities.

More information about Michaela Bstieler:

e-mail: Michaela.Bstieler_(at) 

CACHADA DIBUJA, Rocío, Dipl. Komm., Dipl. Ing. 

Rocio Cachada DibujaMore information about Rocio Cachada Dibuja:

e-mail: Rocio.Cachada-Dibuja_(at)
phone: +43 512 507-73606
fax: +43 512 507-949 73600

FETKA, Michelle

HERMANN, Marco  

More information about Marco Hermann:

e-mail: Marco.Hermann_(at) 




LANER, Barbara, Mag. Dr.  

Barbara Laner

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e-mail: Barbara.Laner_(at) 





Dejan Lukovic

Lukovic, Dejan, BA, earned his bachelor's degree in Germanistik (German Studies) at the LFU Innsbruck and is currently studying MA Medien (Media) and MA Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (Comparative Literature). His scientific research is focused on Game Studies.

Since march 2018, he is employed as a student assistant at the Department of Media, Society and Communication.

More information about Dejan Lukovic:

e-mail: Dejan.Lukovic_(at)

Raum 388, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd floor

ORTNER, Gerhard, Mag.  

Gerhard OrtnerMore information about Gerhard Ortner:

e-mail: Gerhard.Ortner_(at) 




POSCH, Martina  

Martina Gabriele PoschMore information about Martina Posch:

E-Mail: Martina.Posch_(at) 




WACHTER, Jennifer 

Jennifer WachterMore information about Jennifer Wachter:

e-mail: Jennifer.Wachter_(at)

room: 388, Maximilianstr. 2, building A, 3rd floor

WALLI, Thomas 

Thomas WalliWalli, Thomas, BA BA, is currently a student in the Master program of Political Science: European and International Studies and in the Master program of Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck. He earned his bachelor's degrees in History and Political Science in 2015/2016.

Since 2014 he is a student assistant at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. In 2018 he has worked at the Department of Media, Society and Communication (both University of Innsbruck).

More information about Thomas Walli:

e-mail: Thomas.Walli_(at)

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