Nele Heise, M.A., studied communication and history at the University of Erfurt, where she also has been working as a student assistant, e.g. for the research project “Bauhauskommunikation” [Bauhaus Communication]. In May 2011, she finished her masters programme in Communication Studies with a thesis on “Ethik der Internetforschung – Diskurs und Praxis” [Ethics of Internet Research – Discourse and Practice]. Nele Heise has been awarded several prizes for her scientific work, e.g. with the Advancement Award of the Thuringian State Media Authority in 2008.
Since October 2011 she is working as a junior researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for the DFG funded project “Die (Wieder-)Entdeckung des Publikums” [The (Re-)Discovery of the Audience]. Nele Heise is an associated member of the GMaC since December 2011; in her Ph.D project she examines the role of technolgical affordances and agency in participatory practices of radio communication with a special focus on podcasting.
Nele Heise is member of several academic organizations, e.g. the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft e.V. (DGPuK). Her research interests cover areas such as processes and forms of (online) participation, appropriation of (Media) Technology, STS, online (research) ethics, affordances, agency and mediatization.