Corinne Schweizer

Corinne Schweizer, Dr.

Oberassistentin / Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 44 635 20 77

Room number: AND 3.86




Since 2019 Senior Research & Teaching Associate at IKMZ, Media & Internet Governance Division (Prof. Dr. Natascha Just).


Senior Research & Teaching Associate at IKMZ, Media & Politics Division (Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren).


LSE Fellow at Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science.


Research & Teaching Associate at IPMZ, Media & Politics Division (Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren).

Doctoral Student in Communication Science at UZH. Dissertation: Public service media as commons


Mentoring Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation for promising female junior scholars.

Mentor Prof. Natalie Fenton, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths.


Licentiate student (combined BA & MA) in Communication Science, Business Administration and International Relations at UZH. Dissertation: Regulation of Digital TV-distribution.

Student Research and Teaching Assistant at IPMZ (several divisions, 2007-2008).

Exchange Student at University of Lausanne (fall 2008) and University of Hamburg (spring 2006).


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



Research Interests

  • Media and Communication Governance
  • Public Service Media
  • Mediated Discourses on Societal Issues
  • Comparative Research


Own Research Projects

Public Service Media as Media Commons? (2012-2019) - Doctoral Dissertation project. Funding: 'Open Access to Publications' grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Chinese Media Policy (since 2017) - with Zhongwei Li. Funding: translation of texts funded by the Department of Media & Communication of the LSE.

Press Discourse on Public Service Media (2012-2014) - with Leen d’Haenens and Caroline Bijnens.

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


Research Assistant

Press Discourse on Migration Policy at the Balkan Route (2015-2016) - with Lilie Chouliaraki Myria Georgiou Rafal Zaborowki (unpaid).

International Comparison of Public Service Media (2015) - with Manuel Puppis Commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications.

Swiss Media Landscape (2014) - with Samuel Studer, Manuel Puppis and Matthias Künzler. Commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications.

Regulation Monitoring on Licensing, Public Service Media Funding, and Media Subsidies (2013-2014) - with Matthias Künzler Manuel Puppis and Samuel Studer. Commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications.

Foreign News in Swiss Television (2008) - with Thomas Hanitzsch Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe (2007-2008) - with Otfried Jarren Patrick Donges and Stepanie Schwab. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.



Awards and certificates

Nominee for the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2019 of UZH.

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.


Courses in Media & Communications Policy

Current Issues of Media and Communication Policy. Research seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in 2019, scheduled for 2020.

Copyright and practices of digital media use. Seminar (BA, 14x90min) scheduled at UZH for spring 2020.

Whats' next for Radio- and TV-regulation? (BA/MA, 14x90min) held at UZH in 2018, 2019.

Introduction into Media Policy. Lecture (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in 2011 (with Manuel Puppis), 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.

Policy Analysis. Workshop (MSc/PhD, 240min) held at LSE in 2016, 2017.

Contemporary Media Policy Issues. Lectures with seminars (MSc, 4x150min) on Public Service Media, Telecommunication, Access to Infrastructure, Content Regulation, held at LSE in 2015-2017.

Public Service Media in the digital Age. Research seminar (BA, 28x90min) held at UZH in 2012/2013.


Courses in Theories of Social Science

Theories & Concepts I and II. Seminars (MSc, 11x90min and 11x50min) held at LSE in 2016, 2017.

Introduction into Communication Science III – Theories & Concepts. Seminars (BA, 13x90min) held at UZH in 2012, 2013.


Courses in Methods of Social Science

Survey & Questionnaire Design. Workshops (MSc, 2x90min) held at LSE in 2016, 2017.

Content Analysis. Seminar (BA, 14x90min), held at UZH in 2007.


Supervision and Assessment

Academic Advisor and Supervisor for 5 MA- and 19 BA-Dissertations at UZH, 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.



Since 2019

Representative of Communication Science in University of Zurichs Academic Commission for Gender Studies

Since 2015

Administrator & Workshop Organiser of the Ulrich Saxer Foundation for the Promotion of Media and Communication Sciences among Young Researchers in Switzerland.


Co-Chair of the Media Structures, Politics, and History Section of the Swiss Association of Communication Science and Media Research.


Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Swiss Association of Communication Science and Media Research in Zurich.


Executive Board Member of Graduate Campus, University of Zurich’s platform for the support of young researchers, course offerings, quality development, public dialogue.


Executive Board Member of IPMZ Alumni, the Alumni Association of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research of University of Zurich.


Certified Trainer and Judge in Women Artistic Gymnastics in Switzerland.


Academic Talks

Public service media as commons? A comparative analysis. Talk at Simon Fraser 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 2019)

How to reach a young audience? Strategies of public service media managers in Switzerland before and after 'No Billag'. Annual World Media Economics and Management Conference, Rome, 20.-24.05.2020.

Gender und Feminismus in der Medienpolitik- und Aktivismusforschung. Part of the Panel 'Der Kampf für die Frauen* in Medien und Öffentlichkeit: Erkenntnisse der Forschung und des medienpolitischen Aktivismus (organised by Corinne Schweizer and Silke Fürst). Annual SACM Conference, Winterthur, 22.-23.4.2020.

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).



Moderator of the Panel Jugendschutz im digitalen Zeitalter at the annual SACM conference 2020, Media Policy, Structures and History section, Winterthur, 22.-23. April 2020.

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.