Dr. Nora Jansen

M.Sc. Management of Information Systems



Since January 2024, Dr Nora Jansen has been a ‘ZEVEDI Young Investigator’. As part of this fellowship, Nora investigates the regulation of disinformation. Thereby, she follows up on her work at Cardiff University (2020-2023) where she did her research very practically oriented and gathered valuable experiences in the analysis of mis- and disinformation. In total, Nora wrote over 50 confidential policy reports for governmental agencies based on analysis results in terms of the dissemination of mis- and disinformation, e.g. during the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Election 2020, and the German Election 2021. This also included the consulting of governments, such as the German Government in terms of disinformation campaigns during the German Election 2021.

Apart from being a ‘Young Investigator’, Nora is also part of the ZEVEDI project group ‘Big Data and AI in German Security Authorities (KISib)’ and took part in the ZEVEDI project group ‘Digitisation of Corporate Communications (DigUKom)’ in 2023.

For over a decade, Nora has also concentrated on evidence-based policing and has already been working together with South Wales Police, the German Federal Criminal Police Office, the Hessian University for Public Management and Security (formerly known as the Hessian Police Academy), and the Police Headquarters Südhessen.

In her dissertation, Nora focused on the diffusion of information and dealt with the real-time detection of buzzes (e.g., online firestorms and lovestorms), in particular. During her time as a PhD student, Nora spent a research year at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and together with her Australian colleagues, she investigated reaction strategies to online firestorms.

Nora did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 'Management of Information Systems' at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. During her Master’s degree, she studied at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne for one year.

Core Areas
  • Mis-/Disinformation Analysis
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Information Diffusion
  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  • Social Network Analysis

During her time at Cardiff University, Nora wrote over 50 confidential policy reports for governmental agencies. The reports contained the results of her analyses in terms of the spread of mis- and disinformation in current worldwide events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Election 2020, the German Election 2021, and the Ukraine conflict.

Weiler, Michael / Jansen, Nora / Hinz, Oliver (2024): "Can we measure the structural dimension of social capital with digital footprint data? – An assessment of the convergent validity of an indicator extracted from digital footprint data", Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, forthcoming.

Innes, M. / Rogers, D. / Jansen, N. / Budu, V. (2022). "Digital (Dis-)Information Operations and Misinformation Campaigns. The SAGE Handbook of Digital Society, pp. 458-479." Link

Jansen, N. / Barrinha, A. / Glencross, A. / Hestermeyer, H. / Ott, U. / Sari, A. / Webb P. (2022). "The Role of Geopolitical Narratives in the Process of Global Ordering and Disordering, Policy Briefing." Link

Jansen, Nora / Hinz, Oliver (2022): "Inferring Opinion Leadership from Digital Footprints", Journal of Business Research, 139, 1123-1137.

Dobreva, D. / Jansen, N. (2021). "Kremlin Disinformation Communications After the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny." Journal of Defence Strategic Communications, 10, pp.323-361. Link

Houghton, R. / Jansen, N. (2021). "Mis/Disinformation in the Covid-19 Pandemic", Research Briefing. Link

Jansen, Nora / Deusser, Clemens / Strufe, Thorsten / Hinz, Oliver (2021): "Is the Buzz on? – A Buzz Detection System for Viral Posts in Social Media", Journal of Interactive Marketing, 56, 1-17. Link

Jansen, N. (2020). "Real-Time Detection of Buzzes in Online Social Networks”. Doctoral Dissertation, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Jansen, Nora (2019): " The Fiery, the Lovely, and the Hot - Analysis of Online Viral Phenomena in Social Media", In Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8. Research Papers. [Download]

Deußer, Clemens / Jansen, Nora / Reubold, Jan / Hinz, Oliver / Strufe, Thorsten (2018): "Buzz in Social Media: Detection of Short-lived Viral Phenomena", WWW Workshop on Online Social Networks and Media: Network Properties and Dynamic (ACM OSNeD 2018), 1443-1449. Link

Jansen, Nora / Hinz, Oliver / Strufe, Thorsten (2018): "'Police - To Protect and Serve' Online: Citizens' Attitudes towards Modern Ways of Interaction with Law Enforcement Agencies", European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 48.

Voigt, Sebastian / Jansen, Nora / Hinz, Oliver (2013): "Law Enforcement 2.0 - The Potential and the (Legal) Restrictions of Facebook Data for Police Tracing and Investigation", European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Utrecht, Netherlands. Paper 5.