Dr Ines Drefs

International Advisor, GO FAIR Initiative
Ines Drefs
T: +49-40-42834-288
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg


  • International Advisor
  • GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office
  • Coordinator of the GO FAIR pillar GO CHANGE

Key activities

  • Open Science
  • FAIR Data

Professional background

  • 2004-2007
    Bachelor's program Communication Studies and Political Sciences at Erfurt University and Yonsei University Seoul
  • 2007-2009
    Erasmus Mundus Master course Media and Journalism within Globalisation at Aarhus University, Amsterdam University and Hamburg University
  • 2009-2011
    Trainee, Corporate Communications, Jacobs University Bremen
  • 2012-2019
    Doctoral candidate, Graduate School Media and Communication, Hamburg University
  • 2014-2017
    Research assistant,  EU project Media, Conflict and Democratisation, Ruhr University Bochum
  • since 2018
    International Consultant, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics


Working papers, Reports and other Contributions

Drefs, Ines / Thomass, Barbara. 2017.
Policy Brief: Communication and conflict in transitional societies – Integrating media and communication in development cooperation.

MeCoDEM Working Papers. Link to fulltext (PDF)

Drefs, Ines / Thomass, Barbara. 2016.
Media Development From A New Angle.

DW Akademie Guest Post. Link to fulltext (PDF)

Drefs, Ines / Thomass, Barbara. 2016.
Policy Brief: Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies.

MeCoDEM Working Papers.  Link to fulltext (PDF)

Drefs, Ines / Thomass, Barbara. 2015. Literature review: Research findings about organisations engaging in media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance.
MeCoDEM Working Papers, ISSN 2057-4002  Link to fulltext (PDF)

Reviews (not peer reviewed)

Drefs, Ines. 2014.
Ten Years That Shook the Media World: Big Questions and Big Trends in International Media Developments (Rezension).

Digital Journalism 2 (1): 121–23. doi:10.1080/21670811.2013.820062

Conference Papers (peer reviewed)

Drefs, Ines / Thomass, Barbara. 2016.
Development Cooperation in Conflict Societies: The Role of Media Assistance Organisations.

24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), 27 July in Poznan, Poland.

Drefs, Ines. 2016.
Democratic Relevance of Social Web Commentary: Citizens’ Response to Journalistic News Coverage.

24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), 25 July in Poznan, Poland.

Drefs, Ines. 2014.
Democratic Relevance of Journalism in the Social Web: Journalistic Handling of User Communication.

5th European Communication Conference (ECREA), 15 November in Lissabon, Portugal.

Drefs, Ines. 2013.
Professional Social Web Usage – Analyzing Journalism Practice in a Digital Environment.

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), 2013 Conference, 28 June in Dublin, Irland. http://www.iamcr2013dublin.org/conf-pres/author/1179.

Conference Papers (not peer reviewed)

Drefs, Ines. 2017.
Moderne Medienentwicklungszusammenarbeit – Perspektiven aus Empirie und Praxis.

Gastvortrag im Seminar „Entwicklungskommunikation – Kommunikation für sozialen Wandel“ (Dr. Kefa Hamidi), Leipzig University, 18 May in Leipzig, Germany.

Drefs, Ines. 2016.
Facing ethical dilemmas: Journalists and media development actors in conflict societies.

FoME Symposium, 4 November in Berlin, Germany.

Drefs, Ines. 2016.
Funding Trends.

World Forum for Media Development (GFMD), 22 September in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Drefs, Ines. 2015.
International Media Development in Conflict Societies.

Faculty of Political Science (FPN) Workshop „Media, Conflict and Democratisation“, Belgrad University, 4 December in Belgrad, Serbia.

Drefs, Ines. 2015.
Journalists in Touch with the Audience. Insights from a Case Study in International Broadcasting.

Training Workshop „Ombudsmen in Tunisia“, Erich Brost Institut, 3 June in Tunis, Tunesien.

Drefs, Ines. 2014.
Overtrolled and underliked? Journalismus im Umgang mit Social Web-Kommentaren.

HSS Fachforum Medien „Journalismus zwischen den Wogen der Datenflut“, 1 September in Hamburg, Germany.