Luana Martin-Russu

Dr. Luana Martin-Russu

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Research Areas

  • Post-accession Europeanization
  • European Integration

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Luana Martin-Russu is a postdoctoral researcher at the New School of Digital Studies (ENS) of the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). Her current research focuses on the use of digital data analysis for measuring de-Europeanization. Her main research interests include European Union politics, EU enlargement and conditionality, democracy and rule of law observance in Eastern Europe.
Luana has been invited to give input presentations and workshops in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. She is active in the non-governmental sector and leads a project on environmental and global citizenship education.
Luana has taught a wide range of classes in Europeanization, European Politics and International Relations at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder).

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Transparency Made Useful: Employing Digital Data Analysis to Measure and Prevent de-Europeanization

Digital data analysis to measure de-europeanization: the manner and extent to which the European Union produces domestic change in its member- and accession-states. It starts from the empirical observation that several European member states allow their legislation to slide away from either European or democratic standards after having gained EU membership. It postulates that it depends primarily on lawmakers whether or not a state pursues a European and a democratic agenda. Therefore, it is at the level of legislative decision-making that this project decides to observe when and where there is a decrease in the level of compliance and when and where the rule of law is not de facto realized. It takes up the challenge to develop a longitudinal study across policy fields and over longer periods of time in order to reveal subtle patterns of legislative instability and abusive law-making practices. It starts from the research question: How can de-Europeanization be effectively measured? It sets off to answer this question by employing a new method of analysis based on computer driven data acquisition (Python-based algorithms) and natural language processing (NLP).

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Digital Campaigning Conference

Digital Campaigning in Dissonant Public Spheres

May 8-11, 2022

Villa la Collina - Cadenabbia - Italy


Digital communication and digital media are massively challenging our understanding, thinking and knowledge about elections, referenda, protest mobilization and other forms of political campaigning and engagement. Not only have political parties mediatized in high-choice media environments, but transformed into transmedia parties with communication at the core of their activities. Public spheres have become dissonant, disrupted by the inability to communicate across differences, increasing cacophony and polarization, and facilitate the manipulations of voter’s opinion formation at a massive and transnational scale.

The aim of this international conference is to discuss the current state of research, reflect on the EP elections 2019, the 2020 US presidential campaigns and several national elections in the recent past (2017-2021). Where do we stand, where does political communication research need to go, how can we overcome the challenges of data access restrictions, what can we learn from qualitative approaches? How can we trace and monitor digital manipulations across countries and over time? What are the public responses to these new phenomena?

This conference aims to bring together researchers interested in those problems: political communication proposed by the candidates and parties in the recent electoral contests and beyond, the reception and possible reaction from the citizens, and, thirdly, the consequences such communication and responses may have on the future of the democratic public spheres.

Call for Papers

We encourage authors to submit papers based on the proposed topics regardless of the geographical area. We are looking for either theoretical papers or papers based on sound methodological work. We welcome quantitative and qualitative approaches from both traditional (surveys, experiments, content analysis, etc.) and more innovative methodologies (social media networks analysis, computational methods or netnography).

Authors should submit a short abstract (around 500 words without bibliography) providing information on the theoretical approach, methods used and possible preliminary results.

Call for Papers

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Location & Organizers


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Villa La Collina

Via Rome 11

22011 Cadenabbia (Co.)



  • Ulrike Klinger (European New School of Digital Studies, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Germany)
  • Uta Rußmann (FHWien der WKW University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, Austria)
  • Andrea Römmele (Hertie School, Germany)
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany

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The ENS Coworking Space

Our Coworking Space is the heart of the ENS campus. It offers a shared location to work collaboratively or individually on your projects. Increase your productivity and creativity, giving you the opportunity to exchange your ideas with your fellow students and getting fedback from academic staff, mentors and external professionals.
The Coworking Space has a floor area of 250qm and is equipped with a kitchen, a coworking area with modular elements, working cabins and two open-plan offices for academic staff and research assistants. Located on the first floor of the library of Collegium Polonicum, it offers flexible access for members of the ENS community. Enjoy the features: Wi-Fi, coffee, access to printing, copying and scanning facilities.

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M2M Mentorship Platform

Our M2M mentorship platform aims to connect students of the Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) with mentors from different fields of business, research and development. Once registered on the platform, you can get in touch with mentors providing the type of support you need to discuss your innovative ideas and develop your individual project further. The relationship between mentee and mentor is sought, found and negotiated on a bilateral basis.

Please register online and create your profile to find your personal mentors.

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Teaching Staff

Prof. Dr. Philipp Hacker


Prof. Dr. Lauri Wessel


Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Neyer


Dr. Johannes Gruber


Stefan Hanke


Johann Cordes


Janina Rochon


Silvan Pollozek


Dr. Filip Biały


Łukasz Dulęba


dr. Agnieszka Vetulani-Cęgiel



You can collect 12 ECTS credits in the practical module (D). Here, you can choose between a full-time work placement for ten weeks or a group project of the same duration. The work placement should be qualifying for profession and bear reference to digital society. Organization and realization of the work placements are in the responsibility of the students. Recognition of the work placements is decided upon by the examination board and prepared by the MoDE program coordinator.

In case of shorter work placements, workshops of the Viadrina Business Incubator can be recognized with one ECTS credit per workshop (8h plus personal working activities).

The Viadrina Career Center can provide support in finding a suitable work placement, locally as well as abroad. Further details can be found in the Guideline for Work Placements below.

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    Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth (representative)
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Hacker
    Prof. UAM dr hab. Jarosław Jańczak

    Academic staff:
    Stefan Hanke

    Non-academic staff:
    Tabea Wittneben-Fidan

    Merle Pohl

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