Research project DECIPHER: Deciphering the pandemic public sphere

Deciphering the pandemic public sphere, short ‘DECIPHER’, is an international research project carried out by Technische Universität Ilmenau and the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR). The goal of this project is to analyze and compare the risk and crisis communication of government authorities and media in seven countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. From 2021 to 2024, researchers from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America collect and analyze data to decipher the pandemic´s public sphere and its impact on the populations’ self-protective behavior. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with approximately 1.8 million Euros.