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Dr. R.K. (Rebecca) Venema MA

Lecturer for Research Methods and Statistics
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Political Communication & Journalism
Photographer: Alessandro Benedetti

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am a lecturer for research methods and statistics at the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the program group Political Communication and Journalism. 
    Until December 2022, I was first a doctoral and then a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication (ITDxC) at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. Here, I also received my PhD in Communication Science. 
    Beside my teaching and research at UvA, I currently serve as the co-chair of the Visual Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK).

    In my research, I (inter alia) focus on

    • How different actors discuss, frame and envision implications of new technologies, platformisation, datafication, platform and AI for our societies, including implications for public values and citizenship
    • What different actors deem ‘appropriate’ and desirable technology usage and how they define such norms.

    Research expertise

    •    Norms of technology usage
    •    Visual communication
    •    Framing of datafication and AI
    •    Surveillance studies
    •    Algorithmic bias
    •    Media, algorithmic and visual literacy
    •    Social media affordances
    •    Theories of publics & public spheres / discourse studies
    •    Social media platforms, platform governance, content moderation
    •    Social media & protest/protest movements

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  • Research

    Research methods

    •    Qualitative & Quantitative content analysis 
    •    Qualitative & Quantitative analysis of visual data
    •    Visual methods (i.e. visual elicitation, network drawings)
    •    Focus groups
    •    Qualitative individual interviews 
    •    Survey

    Research grants


  • Teaching


    • Qualitative Research
    • Research Workshop: Content Analysis
    • Methods of Communication Research and Statistics
    • Research Workshop: Survey
  • Ancillary activities
    No ancillary activities