Philipp Darius is a PhD candidate at the Hertie School. His research focuses on the effects that digitalisation and social media in particular have on democratic discourse, public opinion and political campaigning. Following an interdisciplinary empirical approach, Philipp applies computational methods to collect and analyse digital data from social networking sites and other sources. Previously, he worked in research at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin and at the Latin American Social Science Institute (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires. Moreover, he holds a Master's degree in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In addition to this, he is an active member of several clubs and societies and supports an open and liberal society.