Sabrina Sauer

Sabrina Sauer is an Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies of the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on understanding how digital tools and platforms facilitate creative, often serendipitous, processes in audio-visual media production. She has extensive experience in public-private-civic interdisciplinary research, often working on the boundary of media studies, science and technology studies, computer science and information retrieval.

Her expertise is in the areas of user-centred design methodologies, where qualitative and quantitative methods are combined to delineate user needs. Past research projects focused on translating socio-technical behavior and craft into software development recommendations. Within the MediaNow project, she worked on translating qualitative research insights into algorithms that facilitate creative retrieval within the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, and she was a principal investigator on the NarDis project that optimized an audiovisual cultural heritage Linked Open Data browser (DIVE+) for media researchers within the CLARIAH infrastructure. She teaches in both the Media Studies bachelor program and master programs Digital Humanities, Media studies: Media Creation and Innovation track, as well as Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen. She actively presents her work at (inter)national academic conferences as well as at professional national meetings, hosted at the Dutch Directors Guild and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

A short employment sketch:

  • 2017 – present: Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Groningen.
  • 2015 – 2017: Postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit (Computer Science department).
  • 2013 – 2015: Assistant Professor in Media and Information and Comparative Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
  • 2009 – 2013: PhD on Living Laboratories and User Innovativeness at Twente University, department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies.

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