Haaland among Norway´s young research talents
Ingar K. Haaland receives NOK 8 million in funding through the Researcher Project for Young Talents. He is now starting a research project on media bias and political polarization.
`This is very motivating. It is great that the Research Council of Norway invests in younger researchers, and I am grateful that I received this award´.
He is thus one of this year's young research talents who receives eight million kroner from the Research Council. In 2022, Professor Alexander Willén at FAIR researcher was awarded funding through Researcher Project for Young Talents (FRIPRO).
Haaland´s research project, named «Polarize: Media Bias and Political Polarization», is a collaboration with Professor Chris Roth (University of Cologne) and Assistant Professor Felix Chopra (University of Copenhagen).
`We will research how the media choose events and stories and cover them, and how different ways of reporting affect opinion formation and political polarization´, Haaland says.
under the age of 40
The funding gives talented young researchers under the age of 40 the opportunity to pursue their ideas and lead a research project. It is targeted towards researchers in the early stages of their careers, who have demonstrated the potential to conduct research of high scientific quality.
`It was fantastic to receive an approval on the first try. It was not a very bureaucratic process either´, says Haaland.
He holds both his BSc and MSc degrees from NHH Norwegian School of Economics. In 2019 he defended his doctoral theses «Essays on Beliefs and Political Behavior». He studies political polarization in the United States with a particular focus on the role of beliefs in driving people’s policy preferences.
applications to ERC
Despite the fact that it has only been four years since he defended his thesis, Haaland has had a number of articles published in recognized international journals.
Now, Haaland has a strong desire for the Polarize project:
`Our aim is to investigate how media bias and different reporting styles affect belief formation and political polarization. We will examine the causal effect of slanted language on political polarization, the impact of different reporting styles on memory and belief updating, the effects of opinion news versus straight news on political polarization, and how different forms of media bias affect the demand for new´.
Young research talents is one of the most important measures from the Research Council to stimulate an increased number of applications to the European Research Council, ERC.