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Silje Kristiansen, Dr. des.

Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 (0)44 635 20 62

s.kristiansen@ipmz.uzh.ch

Curriculum vitae

since 2013Reserach Associate at the Department of Science, Crisis & Risk Communication at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich
since 2011 Research Associate at the Department of Media Reality and & Effects at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich
2003–2011 Degree (lic. phil.) in Communication and Media Sciences, recent Nordic Philology and English Language and Literature at the University of Zurich

Professional Experience

2007 Tutorage in Methodology of Empirical Sciences, University of Zurich
2006–2007 Tutorage in Norwegian, University of Zurich
since 2006Language Expert for Norwegian and Swedish, SVOX, Zurich


Research Interests

  • Risk communication
  • Health communication
  • European public sphere
  • Crisis communication
  • Technical communication


Professional Activities

Publications and Research Reports

  • Schäfer, Mike S./Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (Eds.) (2015): Wissenschaftskommunikation im Wandel [Science Communication in Transformation]. Köln.
  • Schäfer, Mike S./Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2015): Wissenschaftskommunikation im Wandel: Relevanz, Entwicklung und Herausforderungen des Forschungsfeldes [Science Communication in Transformation: Relevance, Development and Challenges in the Research Field]. In: Schäfer, Mike S./Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (Eds.): Wissenschaftskommunikation im Wandel [Science Communication in Transformation]. Köln, pp. 10-42.Link
  • Johnson, David J./Case, Donald O. (2012): Health Information Seeking. New York. Book review by Kristiansen, Silje. In: rezensionen:kommunikation:medien, 17th March 2015.Link
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2014): Risikoberichterstattung und Risikoperzeption. Reaktionen von Medien und Bevölkerung in der Schweiz auf den AKW-Unfall in Fukushima. [Media Risk Coverage and Risk Perzeption. Reactions of the Media and the Population in Switzerland on the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima.] In: Wolling, Jens/Arlt, Dorothee (Eds.): Fukushima und die Folgen. Medienberichterstattung, Öffentliche Meinung, Politische Konsequenzen. [Fukushima and its Consequences – Media Coverage, Public Opinion, Political Consequences.] Illmenau, pp. 297-321. Download
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2013): E-Health: Gesundheit im Internet. [E-Health: Health on the Internet.] In: Rossmann, Constanze/Hastall, Matthias R. (Eds.): Medien und Gesundheitskommunikation. Befunde, Entwicklungen, Herausforderungen. [The Media and Health Communication. Results, Developments, Challenges.] Baden-Baden, pp. 237−255.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Nucleare, su cosa puntano i media. In: EJO - European Journalism Observatory. 11.11.2013 Download
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Steht Risiko drauf, wo Risiko drin ist? In: EJO - European Journalism Observatory. 28.10.2013 Download
  • Bonfadelli, Heinz/Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Mediennutzung und Informationsverhalten im Kontext von Atomenergie und ENSI: Vertiefende Leitfadengespräche. Bericht zuhanden des Eidgenössischen Nuklearsicherheitsinspektorat. [Media Usage and Information Behaviour in the Context of Nuclear energy and Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate: Qualitative interviews. Report for the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate.]
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2013): Radioaktive Strahlung ist unsichtbar, löst aber einen Klimawandel in der Bevölkerungsmeinung aus − Meinungsklima, Risikoeinschätzung und Informationsverhalten im Nachgang zu Fukushima. [Nuclear Radiation is Invisible, but Starts an Opinion Change in the Population – Climate of Opinion, Risk Perception and Information Behaviour after Fukushima.] In: atw International Journal for Nuclear Power 58, no. 4, pp. 242–247. Download  
  • Bonfadelli, Heinz/Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Meinungen zu Atomenergie und den darin involvierten Akteuren. Ergebnisse einer Studie im Auftrag des Eidgenössischen Nuklearsicherheitsinspektorats. [Opinion on Nuclear Energy and on the Stakeholders Involved. Results of a Study on Behalf of The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate.] In: Bulletin. Fachzeitschrift von Electrosuisse und VSE 104, no. 4, pp. 12–15. Download
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Heinz, Bonfadelli (2013): Informationsverhalten und Medienumgang von Zielgruppen des Bundesamts für Veterinärwesen BVET. Teilbericht: Nutztierhaltende. Bericht zuhanden BVET. [Information Behaviour and Media Use of the Target Audience of the The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office. Report for the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office.]
  • Allern, Sigurd/Pollack, Ester (Ed.) (2012): Scandalous! The Mediated Construction of Political Scandals in Four Nordic Countries. Gothenburg. Book review by Kristiansen, Silje. In: rezensionen:kommunikation:medien, 21st December 2012. Link
  • Bonfadelli, Heinz/Kristiansen, Silje (2012): Meinungsklima und Informationsverhalten im Kontext von Atomenergie und ENSI. Zwischenbericht zuhanden des Eidgenössischen Nuklearsicherheitsinspektorats. [Climate of Opinion and Information Behaviour in the Context of Nuclear Energy and the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate. Report for the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate.] Download
  • Bonfadelli, Heinz/Kristiansen, Silje (2011): Bericht zu Angeboten über Gesundheit im Internet. Verhalten und Bedürfnisse der Bevölkerung heute und in naher Zukunft. Bericht zuhanden Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG). [Report on the Choices on Health on the Internet. Behaviour and Needs of the Population, Today and in a Near Future. Report for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.] Download
  • Kristiansen Silje (2010): Europäische Öffentlichkeit und Identität. Europäisierung von Öffentlichkeit in Schweden und Norwegen. Lizentiatsarbeit, Universität Zürich. [European Public Sphere and Identity. Europeanization of the Public Sphere in Sweden and Norway.]

Presentations and Talks

  • Kristiansen, Silje (2015): Media Risk Coverage of Nuclear Energy in Switzerland. Presentation at the 65rd ICA annual conference: "Communication Across the Life Span". 21-25 May 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2014): Media Coverage of Fukushima and Reactions of the Public in Switzerland. Presentation at the 64rd ICA annual conference: "Communication and 'the Good Life'". 22-26 May 2014, Seattle, USA.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): A Long Lasting Aftershock - The Crisis of Nuclear Power in the Media and Public Opinion in Switzerland. Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Crisis Communication in the 21st Century "Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication". 2-5 October 2013, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Accident and Risk Communication after Fukushima - An Analysis of the Press Coverage and Risk Perception of Nuclear Energy in Switzerland. Presentation at the NordMedia conference "Defending Democracy". 8-11 August 2013, Oslo, Norway.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Fukushima – What Effects did the Accident have on the Media Debate and Public Risk Perception of Nuclear Energy in Switzerland? Paper presented at IAMCR "Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders". 25-29 June 2013, Dublin, Irland. 
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Media Risk Coverage and Public Risk Perception of Nuclear Power. Presentation at the 63rd ICA annual conference: "Challenging Communication Research". 17-21 June 2013, London, England.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2013): Berichterstattung zu Atomkraftwerkunfällen im diachronen Vergleich. Unterschiede in der Schweizer Presseberichterstattung über Three Mile Island, Tschernobyl und Fukushima. Vortrag an der Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft , SGKM, "Transdisziplinarität in der Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft - Return on Investment oder vergebliche Liebesmüh?". 12-13 April 2013, Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Fretwurst, Benjamin (2012): Wie halten Sie es mit den Atomkraftwerken? Risikoeinschätzung der Deutschschweizer Bevölkerung im Nachgang zu Fukushima. Vortrag an der Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft, SGKM, "Participatory Media, Journalism and Communication: Changing Values, Roles and Business Models".  20-21 April 2012, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Kristiansen, Silje/Bonfadelli, Heinz (2012): E-Health: Gesundheit im Internet. Vortrag an der sechsten Tagung des Netzwerks Medien und Gesundheitskommunikation „Mediale Gesundheitskommunikation: Befunde, Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen  eines interdisziplinären Forschungsfeldes“. 21-23 March 2012, Munich, Germany.
  • Kristiansen, Silje (2011): European Public Sphere in Sweden and Norway. Paper presented at the XVI Conference of the Nordic Political Science Association (NOPSA) Workshop „Political Communication: Antecedents, Contents and Effects of Political Information”. 9-12 August 2011, Vaasa, Finland.


Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Public Opinion on Nuclear energy and the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI, ongoing project).
  • Information Behaviour and Media Use of the Target Audience of the The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office. (BVET, completed April 2013).
  • Choices on Health on the Internet. Behaviour and Needs of the Population, Today and in a Near Future. Report for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG, completed May 2011)

Organisation of Conferences