International Research Group on Crisis Communication
The International Research Group on Crisis Communication (IRGoCC) was founded at the Institute for Media and Communication Science, which is one of the biggest research and education facilities for communications in Germany. In the interdisciplinary academic environment of the Ilmenau University of Technology we aim at stimulating and conducting in-depth and integrative research in the field of crisis communication. Our work is neither limited to the study of industrial crisis management nor the analysis of journalistic war coverage. We explicitly include different types of crisis on individual, organizational or societal level in order to contribute to the further integration of a very fragmented field of study (Pearson/Clair 1998: 59).
In modern society crises and wars are not only covered, but also significantly influenced by the media and public opinion. Industrial crises, armed conflicts and natural disasters often become global media events, while terrorist acts strategically try to create public impact by taking advantage of the news value orientation in journalism. IRGoCC is trying to detect common patterns in the dynamic of (public) communication processes, which take place during crises by bringing together different international scholars and research projects. The communication of organizational crises, violent conflicts, terrorism and security policy is in the centre of our observation.
IRGoCC was founded in 2001 by Prof. Dr. Martin Löffelholz. Since 2006, the research group is co-chaired by two managing directors:
- Prof. Dr. Martin Löffelholz, Chair of the Department of Media Studies, TU Ilmenau
- Dr. Andreas Schwarz, Chair of the Department of Public Relations and Communication of Technology, TU Ilmenau
Besides academic research the International Research Group on Crisis Communication wants to intensify the dialogue and knowledge transfer between practitioners in politics, business, nonprofit organizations, the media and scholars interested in crisis communication research. With this objective we regularly organize conferences and workshops or offer consulting services as well.
If you want to
- support our research activities
- become sponsor of one of our conferences/workshops
- or become a (associate) member of the research group
do not hesitate to contact us.