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Rasmus Helles

Rasmus Helles

Associate Professor

My primary research interests are:

  • Digital media and communication
  • Media sociology with a special focus on digital media
  • Media policy and regulation
  • Empirical methodologies and theory of science

I currently participate in the research project "The mediatization of culture: the challenge of new media", funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities . Through a series of related subprojects, the aim is to understand how digital media contribute to the transformation of existing media culture. My own project is about the transformation of traditional book publishing to e-book publishing. More here:

I also participate in the European research project MeCetes ( The project investigates the rôle of intra-European exchange of television fiction and films for European integration. My own contribution to the project is an investigation of streaming television and as a consultant on the design of the various empirical sub-projects.

Together with Prof. Klaus Bruhn Jensen, I recently lead the project "Media use in Denmark", which was financed by the Danish Agency for Culture. The project aim was to uncover media use patterns in the Danish population, and to investigate whether the increased diversity in media platforms has lead to a fragmentation of public debate. The project was finished in August 2014, and the final report will be published by the Danish Agency for Culture in early 2015.

Possible conflicts of interest

I do private consultancy work for public and private organizations, esp. in relation to planning and/or evaluation of IT development projects. I also do analysis of markets and infrastructure in the IT sector for public authorities, and I help private and public organizations plan and execute big data projects.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The Media Landscapes of European Audiences

    Helles, R., Ørmen, J., Radil, C. H. & Jensen, K. B. 2015 In : International Journal of Communication. 9, p. 299-320 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Media Policy and New Regulatory Systems in Denmark

    Søndergaard, H. & Helles, R. 22 Jan 2014 Media Policies Revisited: The Challenge for Media Freedom and Independence. Psychogiopoulou, E. (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, Ch. 3, p. 41-54 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    The big head and the long tail: An illustration of explanatory strategies for big data Internet studies

    Helles, R. 7 Oct 2013 In : First Monday (Chicago). 18, 10

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Mobile communication and intermediality

    Helles, R. 14 Jan 2013 In : Mobile Media & Communication. 1, 1, p. 14-19 6 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    The internet as a cultural forum: Implications for research

    Jensen, K. B. & Helles, R. 1 Jun 2011 In : New Media & Society. 13, 4, p. 517-533 17 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    Hverdagslivets nye medier

    Helles, R. 2010 In : Dansk Sociologi. 21, 3, p. 49-63 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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