Sandra Kaulfuss

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MA Journalism, Media and Communications (Distinction)
Cardiff University 2013-2014

BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature
University of Oxford 2010-2013

Research interests

My research interests centre around the politics of migration, and especially on immigration discourse in the media in the lead up to political elections and during current events. In addition, I have a keen interest in terrorism studies, with a particular focus on home-grown terrorist attacks with a political motive. Combining these two interests, I am interested in researching how immigration debates are framed in public discourse and how these discussions relate to political change.

PhD Project

Same Old News: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Migration News in German and UK Broadsheet Journalism

Final Year

Brief Description of PhD Topic

Whether during political election campaigns or in response to humanitarian refugee crises, immigration always appears to be a hot topic for politicians and the general public alike. It is certainly not a phenomenon that is unique to the modern day, however it seems that it has been more prominently discussed in the last few years, particularly in German and UK news media. Events like the Arab Spring and the Civil War in Syria have all contributed to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the new millennium, with one result of these ongoing conflicts manifesting itself in the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The seemingly constant increase in migrants currently entering the UK and Germany, as reported by the news media, appears to have been responsible in recreating a toxic attitude towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers alike.

My PhD research focuses on the discourse of immigration news in German and UK broadsheet newspapers during major political and current events, spanning over two decades from the year of the German Reunification and concluding on June 23rd 2016, the date of the British Referendum to leave the European Union. The aim of this project is to establish recurring trends in the political discourse on immigration, as well as to examine whether there are differences in the discourse between Germany and the UK, and finally, whether said discourse has changed over time.

The historical scope of this research further aims to discover whether discourse in news journalism relates to political change more broadly.

Supervision Team

Professor Peter Lunt (1st)

Dr Bernhard Forchtner (2nd)

Dr Maria Rovisco (1st, Year 1-3, External Supervisor Year 4)


"Critical Discourse Analysis" Qualitative Research Methods Module, Doctoral Research Training, Spring Semester 2018


Tacchetti, M., Twigt, M.A., Musiyiwa, A., Kaulfuss, S., (2015) Für gemeinsame öffentliche Räume: Graswurzelbewegung in der Flüchtlingshilfe, Informationszentrum 3. Welt (iz3w) Vol. 352

Research Projects

Berry, M., Garcia-Blanco, I., Moore, K., (2015) Press Coverage of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in the EU: A Content Analysis of Five European Countries - Report prepared for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (December 2015), Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies - Researcher


'From the Reunification to Brexit – A historical study of arguments about immigration in German and UK broadsheet journalism' Paper presented at NDiMS Conference, 2017, University of Leicester

'Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward', IAMCR, 2016, PhD Host, University of Leicester

'The Changing Face of Global Mobility: Celebrating 10 Years of the International Migration Institute', International Migration Institute, 2016, University of Oxford

'The Future of European Integration - German, British and European Perspectives', Oxford German Forum, Secretary and Organising Committee, 2013, University of Oxford

'Embracing the Shift of Powers - German, British and European Perspectives', Oxford German Forum, 2011, University of Oxford

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