Universität Zürich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 635 20 92
Fax +41 (0)44 634 49 34

Moritz Büchi


Tel.: +41 (0) 44 635 20 93

Office: AND 3.40









Moritz Büchi, PhD, was a Senior Research and Teaching Associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division from January 2017 to September 2022. He was the coordinator of the World Internet Project surveys in Switzerland. In 2019, Moritz Büchi was awarded a DSI Fellowship and a Research Talent Development Fund grant. He held a visiting position at the London School of Economics and taught at the University of St. Gallen. In 2021, he was a digital research consultant with the UNICEF Office of Research. His current research focuses on digital well-being and inequality including internet uses, skills, and algorithmic surveillance.


In his doctoral dissertation, Moritz Büchi investigated digital inequalities. His research on digital media use, inequality, well-being, and privacy has been published in refereed journals such as New Media & Society, Social Science Computer Review, Big Data & Society, and Information, Communication & Society. His teaching covers communication science and media change, digital inequality and skills, social impacts of Internet use, and digital well-being.


Selected Recent Teaching


  • Spring 2022: Digital well-being: theory, methods, and findings, BA lecture
  • Fall 2021: Internet use and well-being, MA seminar in the Internet & Society program
  • Spring 2020: Social media and society, MA seminar, Contextual Studies: Media, University of St. Gallen
  • Fall 2019: Internetnutzungsfähigkeiten: Relevanz, Dimensionen und Messung [Internet skills: relevance, dimensions and measurement], BA research seminar


Selected Recent Talks


  • A web of knowledge for well-being in the digital age, 2021 Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • AI and society: a digital inequality perspective, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
  • Approaching socio-digital inequalities from a global perspective, LSE Department of Media and Communications Research Dialogue

  • Towards a theory of digital well-being, AoIR2020
  • The Chilling Effects of Digital Surveillance, Scientifica Warm-up 

  • Computational Communication Science, IKMZ Research Colloquium 

  • Perceived Digital Overuse, Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) and the Digital Society Initiative (DSI)