Dr. Dirk Lewandowski

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences


Dirk Lewandowski is a professor of information research and information retrieval at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. In the spring term 2021, he was a visiting research fellow at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

He studied library science at the School of Library Science in Stuttgart, philosophy, information science, and media studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, and psychology at Fernuniversität in Hagen. He received his Ph.D. in information science from Heinrich Heine University in 2005.

Dirk's research interests are Web information retrieval, search engine user behaviour and the role that search engines play in society. His work has been published in some of the leading information science journals, including JASIST, Journal of Information Science and Journal of Documentation. Dirk has served as an expert to, among others, the High Court of Justice (UK) and the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag). He is an ASIS&T Distinguished Member, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2016.

Prof. Lewandowski authored and edited several books on search engines, including “Suchmaschinen verstehen” (Springer, 3rd edition 2021) and “Web Search Engine Research” (Emerald Group Publishing, 2012), as well as a series of German-language handbooks on search.

He is an editorial board member of several international journals, including Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIST), Information and Learning Science, and Online Information Review.