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Sophia Charlotte Volk M.A.

Studies in communication management and communication science at the University of Leipzig, Ohio University (United States), University of Münster, and University of Zürich (Switzerland). From 2011 to 2015, research assistant at the University of Leipzig and the University of Münster, i.e. for the European Communication Monitor 2013 and the Cross-Cultural Study on Leadership in Public Relations & Communication Management 2013.

Doctoral scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation [Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes] (2016-2018) and scholarship during previous Bachelor's and Master's studies (2008-2015).

Practical experiences in the fields of communication consulting, corporate communications, social media and e-marketing, and brand communications.

Research interests

Title of dissertation project: Towards Standards for Comparative Communication Research: Current Challenges and Future Directions for Refinement

The doctoral dissertation project examines the status quo and quality of comparative communication research in the areas of political communication, journalism and media systems, intercultural communication, public relations and strategic communication. Based on the state-of-the-art analysis, the dissertation will define quality standards for future comparative communication research and put them for discussion with leading scholars in the field.

Further research fields include international communication, corporate communications, value creating communication, communication value/measurement.

Professional memberships

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaften (DGPuK)

naprok, Early Career Representative of the DGPuK Public Relations und Organizational Communication Division

International Communication Association (ICA)

European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA)

European Communication and Research Association (ECREA)

International Task Force on Standardization of Communication planning/Objective setting and Evaluation/Measurement Models


2016: EUPRERA Master Thesis Award for Excellence (Theoretical Impact Award), Netherlands

2016: University of Miami School of Communication Top Student Paper Award, USA

2016: Institute for Public Relations Top Three Papers of Practical Significance Award, USA

2016: Koichi Yamamura International Strategic Communication Award, USA


Summer 2017: “Comparative Research in Strategic Communication”, Graduate course

Fall 2016: “Strategic Management of Sponsorings of Arts, Culture, and Sports”, Applied research project with Deutsche Bank AG

Summer 2016: “Communication controlling”, Graduate course

Fall 2015: “Strategic Digital Health Communication”, Applied research project with Allianz Deutschland AG