Andrea Hamm

Doctoral Researcher

(c) Andrea Hamm

In her interdisciplinary research, Andrea Hamm investigates the potentials and risks of the Civic Internet of Things (Civic IoT) with regard to participation and communication practices in urban areas. At the transition from human-computer interaction (HCI) studies to empirical communication studies, she addresses topics such as data practices, sustainability, political participation, and digital journalism.

Andrea studied Media and Communication Studies and French Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and Université Catholique de Lille (France). Before starting her academic career, she worked as a freelance journalist in Berlin and Brussels (2012-2014) and at the communications department of Fraunhofer FOKUS (2014-2018).

Journal Articles

Hamm, A. (accepted). New Objects, New Boundaries: How the “journalism of things” reconfigures collaborative arrangements, audience relations, and knowledge-based empowerment. In: Digital Journalism. (double-blind reviewed)

Shibuya, Y., Hamm, A., & Cerratto Pargman, T. (2022). Mapping HCI research methods for studying social media interaction: A systematic literature review. In: Computers in Human Behavior, 129, 107131. (double-blind reviewed)

Hamm, A.; Lin, Z. (2019). “Why Drones for Ordinary People? Digital Representations, Topic Clusters, and Techno-Nationalization of Drones on Zhihu”. In: Information, 10 (8). (blind reviewed)

Proceedings Articles

Shibuya, Y.; Hamm, A.; & Raetzsch, C. (2021). From Data to Discourse: How Communicating Civic Data Can Provide a Participatory Structure for Sustainable Cities and Communities. In: Proceedings of the 27th International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (ISDRS ’21). (blind reviewed)

Hamm, A.; Shibuya, Y.; Ullrich, S., & Cerratto Pargman, T. (2021). What Makes Civic Tech Initiatives To Last Over Time? Dissecting Two Global Cases. In: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 17 pages. (double-blind reviewed)

Hamm, A. (2020). Particles Matter: A Case Study on How Civic IoT Can Contribute to Sustainable Communities. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2020), 305–313. (peer-reviewed)

Hamm, A.; Willner, A.; & Schieferdecker, I. (2020): “Edge Computing: A Comprehensive Survey of Current Initiatives and a Roadmap for a Sustainable Edge Computing Development”. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI2020). Potsdam, Germany. (double-blind reviewed)

Book Chapters

Gräfe, H.-C.; & A. Hamm. (2021). “Anonymität im Internet: Interdisziplinäre Rückschlüsse auf Freiheit und Verantwortung bei der Ausgestaltung von Kommunikationsräumen.” In: Autonomie und Verantwortung in digitalen Kulturen. Privatheit im Geflecht von Recht, Medien und Gesellschaft, edited by Franz X. Berger, Anne Deremetz, Martin Hennig, and Alix Michell, 251–286. Philosophische Praxis 4. Baden-Baden: Academia-Verlag. (peer-reviewed)

Lin, Z.; Hamm, A.; & Reinhardt, S. (2018). Political Communication Chinese Style: The Elite Network in State-Regulated Sina Weibo. In: C. Richter, C. Harders, & A. Antonakis (Eds.), Digital Media and the Politics of Transformation in the Arab World and Asia. Springer VS: Studies in International, Transnational and Global Communications. (peer-reviewed)


Best Paper Award “Social Bots and Election” at Düsseldorfer Forum für Politische Kommunikation [Düsseldorf Forum for Political Communication], Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, April 5-7, 2018. Düsseldorf, Germany.

Best Poster Award “The Elite-Network on Sina Weibo” at 2nd Undergraduate Research Conference, Humboldt University Berlin, September 21-22, 2017. Berlin, Germany.

Conference Contributions

Hamm, A., Shibuya, Y., & Raetzsch, C. (2022). Sustainable or resilient societies? Comparing notions of the “smart city” in Germany and Japan. Presentation at the 16th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Science (GJSSS’22) on Sustainable Societies, March 2-4. Sophia University/Toyo University. Tokyo, Japan (virtual conference).

Raetzsch, C., & A. Hamm. (2021, September 24). Designing interfaces for sustainability transitions: Journalism as Change Agent in the Smart City” Presentation at the Future of Journalism (FoJ) 2021 conference “Overcoming Obstacles in Journalism”. Theme: Building resilience for the future, September 22-24. School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University. Cardiff, United Kingdom (virtual conference).

Raetzsch, C., & A. Hamm. (2021, July 29). “Journalism for the Connected City. Towards Interfaces for the City as a Platform for Civic Communication.” Presentation at the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Main Conference (IACSS ’21). Panel: From Platforms in Cities to the Platforming of Cities, July 28-30. National University of Singapore, Singapore (virtual conference).

Hamm, A. (2021, May 13). What Makes Civic Tech Initiatives To Last Over Time? Dissecting Two Global Cases. Presentation at CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), ACM SIGCHI, May 8–13. Yokohama, Japan. [4m58s].

Pargman, T. C., & A. Hamm. (2020, July 6). “Lessons Learnt from Two Civic Initiatives in Sweden and Germany. A Category System for Studying/Designing Citizen Science Initiatives.” Poster and Short Paper presented at the Making Civic Initiatives Last: Ecosystems, Technologies, Approaches and Challenges Workshop, ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS 2020), July 6. Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Hamm, A. (2020, June 22). Particles Matter: A Case Study on How Civic IoT Can Contribute to Sustainable Communities. Virtual Presentation at LIMITS 2020, Workshop at ACM ICT4S Conference 2020, June 21-22. Bristol, United Kindom/Los Angeles, USA.

Hamm, A. (2019, May 24): “Why Drones for Ordinary People? Digital Representations, Topic Clusters, and Techno-Nationalization of Drones on Zhihu”. Presentation, International Communications Association (ICA) Preconference Digital Asia, May 24-28. Washington D.C., USA.—symposia/2019-digital-asia–social-change–engagement–and-communication-.html

Hamm, A. (2019, March 7): “How can IoT-based technologies contribute to sustainable cities and communities?”, Presentation, ADIMAP, 10th International Symposium “The emergence of the Smart City: Stakes, challenges, practices and impacts for public governance”, LIST/LISER, March 5-7, 2019. Belval, Luxembourg.

Hamm, A. (2018, April 7): „Soziale Bots im Wahlkampf. Politische Kommunikationsmuster und manipulatives Verhalten während der französischen #Legislatives2017”. [Social Bots and Elections. Political Communication Patterns and Manipulative Behavior during the French #Legislatives2017]. Presentation/Abstract in Conference Proceedings, Düsseldorfer Forum für Politische Kommunikation, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. April 5-7, 2018. Düsseldorf, Germany. (German only)

Hamm, A.; Lin, Z.; Reinhardt, S.; & Richter, C. (2017, September 22): “Political Communication Chinese Style: The Elite Network in State-Regulated Sina Weibo”. Presentation /Abstract in Conference Proceedings, 2. Konferenz für studentische Forschung [2nd Undergraduate Research Conference], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, September 21-22, 2017. Berlin, Germany. (peer-reviewed)

Invited Talks

Hamm, A. (2021, Sept 29). Collaborative Sense-Making. Master’s course “Civic Communication and Journalism in the Smart City”, Prof. Christoph Raetzsch. Aarhus University, Denmark.

Hamm, A. (2021, Sept 14). “Interoperabilität von Medienintermediären im Kontext von Medienfunktionen und Meinungsvielfalt”. Workshop “Interoperabilität”, Landesmedienanstalt NRW. Düsseldorf (virtuell).

Gräfe, H.-C.; Hamm, A. (2019, Dec 17). “Illegitime Kommunikation im Netz”. Ringvorlesung “Selbstbestimmung in der vernetzten Gesellschaft”, Technische Universität Berlin.

Gräfe H.-C.; Hamm A. (2019, Nov 12). “Was ist illegitime Kommunikation im Netz und wie gehen wir damit um?” Impulsvortrag und Übung im Rahmen eines Medientages zur Lehrerfortbildung. Zentrum für schulpraktische Lehrerausbildung, Minden.

Hamm, A. (2019, October 24): “Air pollution in Germany: How Civic Tech Rethinks Open Data and Sustainable Smart Cities”. Presentation, QTC Series “Questions, Thoughts, Contestations”, Prof. Martin Brynskov. Digital Living Research Commons, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Hamm, A. (2019, June 18): “Smart Cycling: Permanent bicycle counters in Berlin”. Keynote speech, Data Ethics Workshop: Data Governance for Digital Mobility. German Informatics Society/Weizenbaum Institute. Berlin, Germany.

Other Activities

Contribution to the research report “Ein Kompass für IT im öffentlichen Raum” (2022) published by Öffentliche IT, Fraunhofer FOKUS. (German only)

Trolle, Bots & Internetforschung (Sept 19, 2021). Andrea Hamm und Hans-Christian Gräfe im Interview bei Almost Daily, Rocket Beans TV.

Internetforschung – dein Traumjob? Find’s heraus: MINT auf Mission (July 30, 2021). Andrea Hamm im interview mit #mintmagie.

Caldéron Lüning, E.; Hamm, A. (2019, December 16). Concluding Words. Forschungskonferenz „Zukunft gestalten: Digital und nachhaltig!“ [Research Conference “Shaping the future: Digital and Sustainable!”], WBGU/Weizenbaum Institute/BMBF. Berlin.

Hamm, A. (2019, September 25): “Nachhaltigkeit in die Digitalisierungsforschung bringen: SDG×ICT“ [Adding Sustainability to Digitalisation Research: SDG×ICT]. Keynote speech, Great Transformation Conference, September 23-27, 2019. Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

Hamm, A., Gräfe, H.-C. (2019, May 7). “Social Bots, Trolle und Meinungsfreiheit: Illegitime Kommunikation im Netz” [Social Bots, Trolls and Freedom of Speech: Illegitimate Communication online]. Presentation, Media Convention Berlin/re:publica. May 6-8, 2019, Berlin, Germany. [German only]

Media Regulation in Tunisia (2017). Documentary movie by Andrea Hamm, Nina Knoppik, Irina Orlova, Ilyes Gaidi, Nabil Arfaoui. Summer School on Arab Media Systems, Free University Berlin.

Hamm, A. (2017). Keeping an eagle eye on Drone Journalism. What journalists need to know about reporting with birds’ eyes. In: