Leen d’Haenens is Full Professor at the Institute for Media Studies (IMS) and Vice-dean International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), where she teaches ‘Analysis of Media Texts’ and ‘European Media Policy’ at BA level, and ‘Media Consumption and Identity’ at MA level.
Within Team Red, Leen d'Haenens leads the survey research concerning public attitudes towards migration. Her focus extends to the examination of media consumption patterns in shaping opinions about migration. Various media channels make distinct choices in their reporting on this multifaceted issue, and political figures incorporate the migration discourse into their agendas as a means to engage and secure voters. Within Team Red's purview lies an exploration of the political Twitter sphere across the four focal countries of OPPORTUNITIES (namely Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Italy). This exploration is conducted through corpus analysis and the collocation of words linked to migration. Furthermore, the study delves into clusters of opinions present within retweet networks, juxtaposing the migration landscape of 2016 with that borne from the war in Ukraine, thereby facilitating a nuanced comprehension of the prevailing sentiments surrounding migration within a given nation. In conclusion, utilizing this evidential foundation, engagement is pursued with journalists and policymakers to ascertain potential "windows of opportunity" conducive to reporting on migrants, refugees, and climate migrants.