The team of the research center is exceptionally interdisciplinary. At DITES, professors from various disciplines – philosophy, computer science, economics, information science, law, design and social work – conduct research together with the scientific staff and assistants of the research center as well as cooperation partners from practice and science.

Prof. Dr. Isabel Zorn

Director DITES

Research areas: participatory design of technology, digital technologies in media education and social work, e-learning concepts, technology assessment from a media educational perspective

Institute of Media Research and Media Education (IMM)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Carmen Kaminsky

Research areas: applied ethics; normative theories of social work
Areas of teaching: ethics; social philosophy; science of social work

Institute for Research in Social Work (IRIS)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Ing. Stefan Bente

Research areas: software and enterprise architectures for complex, socio-technical systems, e.g. the field of e-Government; slim and agile architecture management for such systems; collaborative approaches
Areas of teaching: software engineering

Institute of Computer Science
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Babette Brinkmann

Research areas: holistic management and new working environment
Areas of teaching: organizational and group psychology

Institute for Gender Studies (IFG)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Amelie Duckwitz

Research Area: Social Media, User Experience and Transcultural Communication

Institute of Information Science
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Luigi Lo Iacono

Foto von Luigi Lo Iacono

Areas of research and teaching: data and application security, web engineering, computer science

Institute of Media and Imaging Technology (IMP)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Christian Kohls

Research areas: socio-technical design patterns (e-learning, educational patterns, creative thinking), community design and participatory design methods; application development for group innovation processes (‘extreme collaboration‘)
Areas of Teaching: socio-technical systems

Fakultät für Informationswissenschaften
Institute of Computer Science (INF)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Lindner

Research areas: system-theoretical analysis of human factors in business processes (“humanBI”), which encompasses cybernetics, business analytics, human resources und process-simulation to measure intangible values and to structurally shape and design measurable service and software products

Schmalenbach Institute for Economic Science(WI)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Birgit Mager

Birgit Mager

Research areas: hybrid value creation (initiation, design and implementation of cross-corporate innovation projects); behavioural change in service design systems via design; taxonomies of co-creation processes

Köln International School of Design (KISD)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Claus Richter

Research areas: social and labour law, data protection law and human rights

Institute of Social Law (ISR)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Petra Werner

Research areas: editorial concepts and strategies for digital media; usability; media usage and reception

Institute for Information Science (IWS)
Personal Page TH Köln


Anna Schelling, M.A.


Schwerpunkte: Forschungsmanagement; Forschungkooperationen, Projekt- und Strukturentwicklung; interdisziplinäres Forschen

M.A., Fachfrau Projektmanagement GPM-IPMA

Baptiste Egelhaaf, B.A.

Research Associate 

Research Areas: interdisciplinary research in the field of social work and digitalisation.

State approved Social Worker
Institut for Research in Social Work (IRIS) 

Vanessa Erdmann

Undergraduate Assistant
Student of Social Work
Research areas: digital media as way of support. Former student of Psychology

Simone Dahmen

Simone Dahmen

Undergraduate Assistant
Student of Communication Sciences
Responsible for Research Centre’s Public Image

Associated Members

Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann

Research and teaching areas: national and international media law, with a specific emphasis on data protection law as well as constitutional frameworks pertaining to intellectual property

Schmalenbach Institute for Economic Science (WI)
Personal Page TH Köln

Prof. Dr. Udo Seelmeyer

Research areas: addressee, profession, and organisational research; use of information and communication technologies in social work; evaluation studies, implementation of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs

Former director of the research center
Personal Page FH Bielefeld

Scarlet Siebert, M. Sc.

Research Assistant at the Institute of Media Research and Media Education and PhD student at the Graduiertenkolleg NRW „Digitale Gesellschaft“

Salvatore Campayo, M. A.

M.A., state approved Social Worker
Research areas: Digitalisation of Social Work, SocialMedia, research of prefession, kids and youth research, media education. PhD student at University Köln

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter

Potsdam University for Applied Sciences, Faculty of Social and Education Sciences