Corinne Schweizer

Corinne Schweizer, Dr. des.

Oberassistentin / Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 44 635 20 77

Room number: AND 3.86




2017-today Senior Research & Teaching Associate, Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich.
2015-2017 LSE Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science.
2011-2016 Doctoral Student in Communication Science, UZH. Doctoral Dissertation: Public Service Media as Media Commons?

Research & Teaching Associate, IPMZ, UZH (2011-2016).

Research Associate, Department of Communication & Media Research, University of Fribourg. Research Project: Service Public for the Swiss Ofcom (2015).

Visiting Research Student, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (Fall 2014).

Mentoring Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation for promising young female Scholars in Switzerland (2012-2014).

2003-2010 Licentiate Student (combined BA & MA Degree) in Communication Science, Business Administration, and Political Science, UZH. Licentiate Dissertation: Regulation of digital TV-distribution.

Student Research Assistant, IPMZ, UZH. Research Projects: Foreign News in Swiss Television, and Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe, both funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2007-2008).

Student Teaching Assistant, IPMZ, UZH (Spring 2007).

Exchange Student, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne (fall 2008), and Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg (spring 2006).


2003-2010 Reporter, Neue Luzerner Zeitung.
2005-2006 Intern, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Social Democratic Party, Agricultural Information Service.



2015-today Administrator & Workshop Organiser of the Ulrich Saxer Foundation for the Promotion of Media and Communication Sciences among Young Researchers in Switzerland.
2013-2019 Co-Chair of the Media Structures, Politics, and History Section of the Swiss Association of Communication Science and Media Research.
2013-2014 Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Swiss Association of Communication Science and Media Research in Zurich.
2013-2015 Executive Board Member of Graduate Campus, University of Zurich’s platform for the support of young researchers, course offerings, quality development, public dialogue.
2011-2015 Executive Board Member of IPMZ Alumni, the Alumni Association of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research of University of Zurich.
1998-2004 Certified Trainer and Judge in Women Artistic Gymnastics in Switzerland.



Nominee for the Teaching Award 2019 of the University of Zurich.

Winner of the class teacher award 2017 of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards of the LSE Students' Union.

Receipient of the UZH Teaching Skills Certificate of the Center for Contiuning Education in 2014.


Media & Communications Policy

BA-Lecture Introduction into Media Policy (14x90min). Held at UZH in fall 2011 (with M. Puppis), spring 2014, spring 2015, fall 2017, fall 2018.

BA-Research-Seminar on Public Service Media in the digital Age (28x90min). Held at UZH in fall 2012-spring 2013.

Seminar on Whats' next for Radio- and TV-regulation? (14x90min). Held at UZH in spring 2018 (MA), and spring 2019 (BA).

BA-Seminar on Current Issues of Media and Communication Policy (14x90min). Will hold at UZH in fall 2019.

MSc Lectures and Seminars on Contemporary Media Policy Issues: Public Service Media, Telecommunication, Access to Infrastructure, Content Regulation (4x150min). Held at LSE in 2015-2017.

Policy Analysis Workshop (240min) for PhD Students. Held at LSE in spring 2016, and spring 2017.


Theories of Social Science

Seminars accompanying MSc-Lecture Theories & Concepts I (11x90min). Held at LSE in fall 2016 (3 groups), and fall 2017 (3 groups).

Seminars accompanying MSc-Lecture Theories & Concepts II (11x50min). Held at LSE in spring 2016 (2 groups), and spring 2017 (2 groups).

Seminars accompanying BA-Lecture Introduction into Communication Science III – Theories & Concepts (13x90min). Held at UZH in spring 2012 (2 groups), and spring 2013.


Methods of Social Science

Survey & Questionnaire Design Workshop (2x90min) for MSc Students. Held at LSE in spring 2016 (4 groups), and spring 2017 (4 groups).

Seminar on Content Analysis for BA-Students (14x90min). Held at UZH in spring 2007.


Supervision and Assessment

Academic Advisor and Supervisor for four MA-Dissertations at UZH, and 30 MSc Dissertations at LSE. Supervisor for students hired in research projects.

Assessor in Final Oral Exams for Licentiate Degrees of various subjects at Philosophical Faculty of UZH.



Research Interests

  • Media Policy and Regulation
  • Public Service Media
  • Mediated Discourses on Societal Issues
  • Comparative Research


Current Research Projects

Media Policy Activism in Switzerland, Public Service Media & Gender (with A. Streun, UZH), How to reach a young audience? (with J. Burger & S. Ostertag, UZH), Gymnastics in the press


Previous Research Projects

Regulation of digital TV-distribution in RTVG-revision (2009-2010) - Licentiate Dissertation project

Press Discourse on Public Service Media (2012-2014) - with L. d’Haenens (Uni Leuven), C. Bijnens (European Commission), student research assistant granted by Department of Media and Communication Science of the UZH

Public Service Media as Media Commons? (2012-2016) - Doctoral Dissertation project, student research assistant granted by Department of Media and Communication Science of the UZH

Regulation Monitoring (on Licensing, Public Service Media Funding, and Media Subsidies) (2013-2014) - with M. Künzler (HTW Chur) M. Puppis (Uni Fribourg), S. Studer (Ofcom), commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications

Swiss Media Landscape (2014) - with S. Studer (Ofcom), M. Puppis (Uni Fribourg), M. Künzler (HTW), commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications

International Comparison of Public Service Media (2015) - with M. Puppis (Uni Fribourg), commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications

Press Discourse on Migration Policy at the Balkan Route (2015-2016) - with L.Chouliaraki, M. Georgiou, R. Zaborowki, G. Horvath, T. Stolic (all LSE), and S. Vico (Goldsmiths)

Chinese Media Policy (2017-2018) - with X. Li (LSE), translation of texts funded by the Department of Media & Communication of the LSE





Chair of the Panel "PSM, Digital Transformation and Innovation" at the annual IAMCR conference 2019, Public Service Media Policies Section, Madrid, 7.-11.7.2019.

Moderation of the Panel "From Broadcasting to Media Law: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Europe" at the annual SGKM conference 2019, St. Gallen, 4.-5.4.2019.

Chair and Discussant of the Panel “Media governance II” at the Annual IAMCR Conference, Communication Policy & Technology Section and the Global Media Policy Working Group, Oregon, 20.-24.6.2018.

Chair of the Panel “Media, Football (soccer) and Beyond” at the Annual IAMCR Conference, Media & Sports Section, Oregon, 20.-24.6.2018.

Chair of the Panel “Public Service Media vs. State Media and the EU’s media laws”. Workshop on the Future of Public Service Media in Europe, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2.12.2016.

Moderation of 1-Day-Workshops on Media Representation of Women and Migrants (15.10.2018) Social Media (7.9.2015), Media Freedom (28.10.2016), and Trust in Platforms and Institutions (9.9.2017) with invited speakers.

Academic Talks

Public service media as commons? A comparative analysis. Talk at Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, Canada, 18.6.2018.

Surviving the "networked" Post-Network-Era. A Comparison of Western Public Service Media. Research Seminar of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, UZH, 18.12.2017.

Public Service Media Organisations as Commons? Findings of a Comparative Research Project. Communication Culture & Media Research Seminar of the University of Salford, 3.5.2017.

Der Pressediskurs über die Zukunft des öffentlichen Rundfunks – ein ländervergleichendes Forschungsprojekt. Research Seminar, Institute of Computational Linguistics, UZH, 03.03.2015

Public Service Media as Commons – theoretical considerations and empirical outlook. Research Seminar, School of Media and Communications, University of Leeds, 26.11.2014.

Public Service Media as Commons – theoretical considerations and empirical outlook. CaMARG Research Seminar, University of Loughborough, 16.10.2014.


Industry Talks
Die SRG und das junge Publikum. Program Commission of SRG Ostschweiz, St. Gallen, 4.6.2019 (with J. Burger).

Service Public Medien in Westeuropa und Übersee. Swiss parliamentarian group “journalism and democracy” preparing for a plenary session on Public Service Media, Berne, 6.3.2017.

Public Service Media in Western Europe and Overseas. Findings of a Research Project for the Federal Office of Communications. LSE Media Policy Project, Internal Event on Public Service Media at London School of Economics and Political Science, 13.11.2015.

Public Service – ein internationaler Vergleich. Federal Office of Communications, Biel, 15.09.2015.

Medienförderung im Vergleich: Ergebnisse des Regulierungsmonitoring 2012/2013. Federal Media Commission, Berne, 20.09.2013 (with M. Puppis).

Regulierungsmonitoring 2012/2013. Federal Office of Communications, Biel, 27.08.2013 (with M. Puppis, M. Künzler, S. Studer). 

Regulierungsreformen in Australien und Neuseeland. Internal Workshop on PSM Online for the Federal Office of Communications at University of Zurich, 18.1.2012.

Conference Talks (since January 2018)

Policies for Gender Equality in Public Service Media: What Switzerland can learn from other European Countries. Annual IAMCR conference, Madrid, 7.-11.7.2019 (with A. Streun).

Collective Action for the Media Commons: No Billag and beyond. Bi-annual IASC conference, Lima, 1.-5.7.2019 (with M. Lamuedra Graván, M. Aslama Horowitz)

Who has got a media commons? Comparing public service media organizations in Nordic and other democratic corporatist media systems. Pre-Conference "A Media Welfare State?" before the annual ICA conference, Washington DC,

Frauenquoten im öffentlichen Rundfunk?! (Selbst-)Regulierungsmassnahmen zur Gleichstellung der Geschlechter in sechs europäischen Ländern. Annual DGPuK Conference, Münster, 10.-11.5.2019 (with A. Streun).

Das Junge Publikum erreichen - aber wie? Die Sicht der SRG vor und nach No Billag. Annual SACM Conference, St. Gallen, 4.-5.4.2019 (with J. Burger, S. Ostertag).

How to reach the young audience? Interviews with Public Service Media officials in Switzerland before and after the attack on the license fee (“no billag”). Biannual ECREA Conference, Media Industries and Cultural Production Section, Lugano, 31.10.-3.11.2018 (with J. Burger and S. Ostertag).

Young People vs. Public Service Broadcasting? On the role of young audiences in Broadcasting policies and politics in Switzerland. RIPE-Conference on "Unviersalism and Public Service Media", Madrid, 18.-20.10.2018 (with J. Martellosio)

Applying the Commons to the Media: A research overview on a fragmented field of study. IASC-Conference "Celebrating Commons Scholarship" at Georgetown University in Washington DC, 5.-6.10.2018.

Lessons learnt from "No Billag": How direct-democratic Switzerland dealt with a popular initiative that wanted to abolish public service media. Post-Conference "Public Service Media in a time of global reordering" after the annual IAMCR conference, Eugene OR, 25.6.2018.

Artistic gymnastics in Switzerland: Why media professionals struggle with a sport that is “in the nations’ DNA”. Annual IAMCR Conference, Media & Sports Section, Oregon, 20.-24.6.2018.

Auf der Suche nach dem «Media Commons»: Über die Schwierigkeit, die «Theorie der Commons» in der deutschsprachigen Kommunikationswissenschaft zu verorten.  Pre-Conference «Neue Theorien (in) der Kommunikationswissenschaft», before the annual conference of the DGPuK 2018, Mannheim, 8.5.2018.

Analyzing Europe’s most giant neighbor: How the regulation of audiovisual content in China shapes the countries’ “cultural border” to the West. Annual SACM Conference, Lugano, 12.-13.4.2018 (with Z. Li, T. Zhuo).