Sandra Kaulfuss


PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Media and Communications
University of Leicester



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 policy discourse in the media. 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 in relation to terrorism and how these discussions effect political change.

PhD Topic

Reporting Political Change: Immigration Policy discourse in German and UK news media in response to the Refugee Crisis

First Year of Study

Brief Description of PhD Topic

In the early days of the Syrian refugee crisis, news coverage focused predominantly on the economic, social and cultural implications for the host nations in question. However, in the light of recent Islamist terror attacks across Europe and on European targets abroad, the focal point of the media narrative is slowly shifting towards the impact of the crisis on immigration policy and its potential risks to the welfare of European citizens.

This thesis is a comparative research project looking at media narratives of immigration policy debates in German and UK broadsheet newspapers from 2014 to 2016, in order to establish how the current refugee crisis and simultaneously occurring Islamist terror attacks impacts public discourse on immigration policies in the respective countries.

PhD Supervisors

Dr Maria Rovisco
Professor Peter Lunt


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

Kaulfuss, S. (2014) Home-grown terrorism from an international perspective: A comparative study of UK and German newspaper coverage of the 2011 Norway Attacks. Master thesis, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.


'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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