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) devices with regard to democratic participation practices in urban areas. Combining methods of empirical Social Science and technical knowledge and theories from Human-Computer-Interaction and Communication Studies, she covers topics like data practices, sustainability, as well as urban participation, and digital journalism.

Andrea has studied Communication Science and French Language and Literature at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and Université Catholique de Lille (France). Before joining the Weizenbaum Institute, she worked as a freelance journalist in Berlin and Brussels (2012-2014) and in the communications department of Fraunhofer FOKUS (2014-2018).

Journal Articles

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). (peer-reviewed)

Proceedings Articles

Hamm, A.; Shibuya, Y.; Ullrich, S.; Cerratto Pargman, T. In press. What Makes Civic Tech Initiatives To Last Over Time? Dissecting Two Global Cases. In CHI 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, 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

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 at Düsseldorfer Forum für Politische Kommunikation [Düsseldorf Forum for Political Communication], Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, April 5-7, 2018. Düsseldorf, Germany.

Best Poster Award at 2nd Undergraduate Research Conference, Humboldt University Berlin, September 21-22, 2017. Berlin, Germany.

Conference Presentations and Abstracts

Pargman, T. C., and A. Hamm. 2020. “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 2020, Eindhoven, Netherlands, July 6.

Hamm, A. (2020). 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, Bristol/L.A., 21-22 June 2020.

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, 2019. Washington D.C., USA.

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)


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

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. (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.

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: