dr. Kristin Van Damme

Affiliated member at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, UGent.

Kristin Van Damme


Contact     |     LinkedIn     |     @krisvdam


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

Kristin Van Damme (PhD) 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 use. She is a mixed-methods evangelist and combines both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

In 2020, she defended her PhD research entitled “Transforming journalism, transforming audiences. Audience-centred research on news use in the omnipresent news environment” under the supervision of prof. dr. Sarah Van Leuven and prof. dr. Lieven De Marez. The key argument of her dissertation is that, from an audience perspective, a distinction based on news use intention (explicit/implicit or absent) should be made when studying news use, as these different intentions coincide with different types of news use (that is, directed, routine and incidental news use). 

Together with dr. Peter Mechant, she leads the interdisciplinary research consortium NewsDNA. NewsDNA is a four-year research project (2018-2022) funded by Ghent University (type GOA) with the aim to develop and test an algorithm that uses news diversity as a key driver for personalized news recommendation. The team unites four different departments: Communication Sciences, Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law, Information Technology and Translation, Interpreting and Communication.

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 from iMincs (currently imec). In April 2014 she obtained her current job as a research and teaching assistant.​ Since 2019, she is also a researcher at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in the research group for Media, Communication and Design.