Raffael Heiss is a junior professor at the MCI's Center for Social & Health Innovation and a lecturer at the Department of Nonprofit-, Social & Health Management. He teaches courses on resaerch designs and methods, statistics, health communication, and health policy. Previously, he was a PhD candidate and uni:docs fellow at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna. His research interests include political and health communication, health policy, digital media, and civic engagement.
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2018 - presentPostdoctoral researcher & lecturer - MCI Management Center Innsbruck2014 - 2018PhD candidate & uni:docs fellow -
- University of Vienna, Department of Communications2013 - 2014PR & public affairs consultant - Grayling Austria2011Tutor - University of Vienna, Department of Communication2009 - 2013Intern - Communications & Network Consulting (UK); Tirol Tourist Board (Tirol Werbung); Tiroler Tageszeitung
2016International Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behaviour: Changing Media Environments, Changing Democracies - University of Milan (Certificate)2014 - 2018Communication - University of Vienna (PhD)2010Communication Management - Fudan University (Certificate)2008 - 2012Communication - University of Vienna (MA)2008 - 2012Political Science - University of Vienna (MA)2005 - 2008Political Science - University of Innsbruck (BA)
I currently teach courses in Health Policy, Methodology, Basic and Advanced Statistics, Communication Research, Project Management - MCI Management Center Innsbruck
2021Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Research grant (~350,000 EUR) for the project "Health Influencers on Social Media: Who They Are, What They Post, and How They Affect Adolescents' Health" (lead author and PI)2020Land Tirol (State of Tirol)Research grant (13,000 EUR) awarded by the Tirol science fund (TWF) for the project "FoodExplorer - A Citizen Science Project to Improve School Food Environments" (lead author and PI).2019University of ViennaDissertation Award "Sowi-Doc.Award 2019" (1,500 EUR). Each year, the Faculty of Social Sciences awards the Sowi-Doc.Awards to three doctoral graduates, who receive EUR 1,500 each for their outstanding research contributions in the framework of their doctoral thesis. The award aims at motivating doctoral graduates to pursue a career in academia.2019EuregioWinner of the 2nd prize (1,000 EUR) in the Euregio Young Researchers' Award competition. The Award competition is part the the annual conference Forum Alpbach. Research Project : "Political Actors on Social Media: Content, Selection and Effects" (Dissertation)2018Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Research grant (~300,000 EUR) for the project "Social Media and Political Engagement: Mechanisms and Contingencies" (co-author, with J. Matthes as PI)2017Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)Top Student Paper Award, AEJMC, Political Communication Interest Group: Heiss R.: "How to respond to right-wing populism? Investigating the effects of three government response strategies on anti-immigrant and anti-government attitudes"2016Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and EconomyResearch grant (~50,000EUR) for the project "The Political Participation Observer. A Citizen Science Tool for Tracking Political Participation" (Top Citizen Science Initiative). (Lead author, with J. Matthes as PI)2015University of Viennauni:docs fellowship for the project: "Political Actors on Social Media: Outreach, Message Content and Effects on Young Citizens".
The uni:docs fellowship programme offered individual scholarships which aim at financing excellent doctoral candidates. Successful fellows were employed at the University of Vienna for a period of three years. The fellowship provided outstanding early stage researchers with conditions that allowed them to focus exclusively on their research and thus make substantial contributions to science.
Hohenwarter Pia (2021): Food-Labeling als politische Maßnahme: Eine quantitative Erhebung zur Beurteilung von Nährwertangaben aus Sicht österreichischer Konsument/innenMair Mark (2021): Die Wirksamkeit von Greenwashing in der Outdoor-BekleidungsindustrieGritsch Linda (2021): Aktive und passive Social-Media-Nutzung: Der Einfluss auf sozialen Aufwärtsvergleich, Einsamkeit und LebenszufriedenheitFritz Hannah (2021): Littering im öffentlichen Raum: Eine Befragungsstudie zur Litteringsituation in InnsbruckRudolph Leonie (2019): Veränderung der individuellen Wahrnehmung von AbonnentInnen hinsichtlich gesundheitlichen Präventionsverhalten und Gesundheitsbewusstsein beeinflusst durch das Abonnement von krebskranken Bloggern via IstagramStadler Lara (2019): Der Onlineauftritt der Identitären Bewegung
Wouters Maartje (2021): Implementing Social Prescribing in the Netherlands: General Practitioners' PerspectiveHendriks Lotte Annemay (2021): Food Industry's Influence on Childhood Obesity Policymaking:
Is it Science or Marketing?
A qualitative content analysis on Nestlé and its impact of science funding on childhood obesity policymakingWilson Liny (2021): Regulatory Measures on Smokeless Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes: A Scoping ReviewKafkoula Anna (2021): Enabling and restricting factors for the implementation of social prescribing interventions:
A qualitative study in the United KingdomWu Pei-In (2020): Social Media Use, eHealth Literacy, Health Behavior Changes and Health Status: Evidence from a Patient Survey in TaiwanTarot Palma Mariajose (2020): Influence of Mental Health Literacy on Treatment-
Seeking Behavior. A Systematic Review on Non-
Western CountriesEllmauer Gernold (2020): The Austrian Smoking Ban: Investigating Self-Reported Changes in Smoking Behavior and Attitudes towards the Ban in Active SmokersRothe Denis (2020): A conceptualization of social prescribing: Yielding recommendations
based on the findings of a systematic review