Kristin Van Damme

Research and teaching assistant at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, UGent.

Kristin Van Damme     |     +329 264 84 33     |     LinkedIn     |     @krisvdam


News use
Media consumption
Innovation in journalism
Mixed method research
On-device logging


Kristin Van Damme is a research and teaching assistant for the education tracks of ‘new media & society’ and ‘journalism’. She is affiliated with the research groups Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (imec-mict-UGent) and Center for Journalism Studies (CJS), where she is involved with user-oriented research on news consumption. She is a multi-method evangelist and combines both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Kristin in doing her PhD research entitled “Transforming journalism, transforming audiences. Audience-centered research on news practices in the Digital Age” under the supervision of prof. dr. Sarah Van Leuven and prof. dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele.She hereby investigates the relation between new and traditional news use patterns, taking into account the evolving journalism environment.

In 2008 Kristin graduated as a Bachelor in Journalism at Artevelde University College Ghent. In 2009 Kristin started working as a multimedia project member at KAHO Sint-Lieven (currently Odisee University College). After two years of work she decided to obtain her Masters in Communication Sciences (specialization 'New Media and Society') at Ghent University. In her master thesis ‘What’s APPening to the news? News on mobile devices’ she did research on the place mobile news consumption has in the daily life of media users. She hereby combined qualitative (interviews and diaries) with quantitative (on-device logging) research methods.

In June 2013 Kristin started at mict as a junior researcher, working on industry-driven MiX projects. In April 2014 she obtained her current job as research and teaching assistant.​