Katrin Voltmer

PRIO Global Fellow

Katrin Voltmer
Katrin Voltmer left PRIO in 2020. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

​Katrin's main research interests focus on the role of the media in emerging democracies. She is Principal Investigator of the international project "Media, Conflict and Democratisation" (www.mecodem.eu), funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme. She has also widely published on the changing relationship between politics and the media in established western democracies. 


​Katrin Voltmer is Professor of Communication and Democracy at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds where she teaches in the areas of political communication, public opinion and political participation. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Free University Berlin, Germany.

Katrin Voltmer has served on the governing body (Bureau) of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) from 2012 – 2016 and has been Chair and Vice-Chair of the ECREA Political Communication Section from 2008 - 2012. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and Associate Editor of Communications. European Journal of Communication Research. She was appointed PRIO Global Fellow in 2017.

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​Recent publications include

  • The Media in Transitional Democracies. 2013. Polity Press.
  •  Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy: Challenging the Primacy of Politics (ed. with Kees Brants). 2011. Palgrave.
  • Public Policy and the Mass Media. The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making ( ed. with Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten). 2010. Routledge.
  • 'Converging and diverging pathways of media transformation in Central Eastern Europe'. 2015. In Jan Zielonka (ed.) Media and Politics in New Democracies: Europe in a Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, 217-230.
  •  'Journalistic norms between universality and domestication: Journalists' interpretations of press freedom in six new democracies' (with Herman Wasserman). 2014. Global Media and Communication 10(2), 1-16.
  • 'How far can media systems travel? Applying Hallin & Mancini's comparative framework outside the Western world'. 2012. In: Dan Hallin and Paolo Mancini (eds.): Comparing Media Systems Beyond the Western World. Cambridge University Press, 224-245.