Dr. Johanna Kluge
Building 4731 | Room 03_B10
Campus-Boulevard 57
52074 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 80 49240

Dr. Johanna Kluge

Dr. Johanna Kluge is a research assistant at the Human-Computer Interaction Center (HCIC) and the chair of communication science. She studied sociology and linguistics and communication science at RWTH Aachen University.

Her research at the HCIC focuses on communication and acceptance of innovative technologies. The main focus of her research is on communication and acceptance aspects in medical technology and renewable resources.

Within the research project "Face," Johanna Kluge helped to develop a sensitive information and communication strategy which is aimed at patients with congenital or developmental misalignment or misshaping of either maxilla or mandible (dysgnathia).

Another research focus is a technology acceptance of renewable resources. In "TIGER," a project funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, she explored factors that influence the acceptance of deep geothermal energy, so that communication and acceptance of the general population can be taken into account when planning future geothermal projects.

In 2018, Johanna Kluge finished her doctor thesis “Protestler als Zielgruppe für Kommunikation bei Energie- und Infrastrukturprojekten”. The thesis focused on how protest can be described as an individual factor and how social dialogs within the scope of energy- and infrastructure projects can be usefully shaped.


in press/under revision

  • Kluge, Johanna, Offermann-van Heek, Julia & Ziefle, Martina (submitted). How will I know? Conjoint-analysis of communication needs in three different contexts. Paper submitted to Communication Research.


  • Hildebrandt, Julian, Kluge Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2019). Work in Progress: Barriers and Concerns of Elderly Workers Towards the Digital Transformation of Work. In: Zhou J., Salvendy G. (eds) Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for the Elderly and Technology Acceptance. HCII 2019 (pp 158-169). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11592. Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-030-22011-2. Zugehöriges Projekt: SITRA (BMBF).   PDF

  • Kluge, Johanna, Hildebrandt, Julian & Ziefle, Martina (2019). The Golden Age of Silver Workers? The Role of Age in the Perception of Increasing Digital Work Environments. In: Zhou J., Salvendy G. (eds) Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Social Media, Games and Assistive Environments. HCII 2019 (pp. 520–532). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11593. Springer, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-030-22014-3. Zugehöriges Projekt: SITRA (BMBF)   PDF


  • Calero Valdez, André, Kluge Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2018). Elitism, trust, opinion leadership and politics in social protests in Germany. Energy Research & Social Science, 43, 132-143. ISSN: 2214-6296. Zugehöriges Projekt: Digitale Mündigkeit, Wissenschaftsministerium NRW.

  • Kluge, Johanna  (2018). Protestler als Zielgruppe für Kommunikation bei Energie- und Infrastrukturprojekte. Schriften des HCI Center der RWTH Aachen University. Aachen: Apprimus. ISBN: 978-3-86359-561-6

  • Zaunbrecher, Barbara; Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle, Martina  (2018). Exploring Mental Models of Geothermal Energy among Laypeople in Germany as Hidden Drivers for Acceptance. Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - JSDEWES, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 446-463. DOI:   PDF


  • Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2016). As simple as possible and as complex as necessary - A communication kit for geothermal energy projects. In F.F.-H. Nah and C.-H. Tan (Eds.): HCI in Business, Government, and Organizations: Information Systems (HCIBGO 2016) Part II, LNCS 9752, pp. 171–182, 2016. Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39399-5_17. ISBN 978-3-319-39398-8. Zugehöriges Projekt: TIGER (BMWi)


  • Kluge, Johanna, Kowalewski, Sylvia & Ziefle, Martina  (2015). Inside the user’s mind-Perception of risks and benefits of unknown technologies, exemplified by geothermal energy. In: V.G. Duffy (Ed.): DHM 2015, Part I, LNCS 9184, pp. 324–334. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21073-5_33. Print ISBN 978-3-319-21072-8 Zugehöriges Projekt: TIGER (BMWi)   PDF

  • Wirtz-Brückner, Simone;Jakobs, Eva-Maria; Kowalewski, Sylvia; Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2015): The Potential of Facebook for Communicating Complex Technologies using the example of Deep Geothermal Energy. In: Proceedings of the ProComm 2015 (pp. 1-10), Limerick, IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/IPCC.2015.7235811.ISBN: 978-1-4799-3374-7 Zugehöriges Projekt: TIGER (BMWi)   PDF


  • Bremen, Luisa; Kluge, Johanna; Modabber, Ali; Goloborodko, Evgeny; Ziefle, Martina & Hölzle, Frank (2014). Two faces and a hand scan"-Pre- and postoperative insights of patients undergoing an orthognathic surgery. In: C. Stephanidis. HCII 2014. CCIS 435 (pp.389-394). HCI 2014. New York: Springer, International Publishing, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-07853-3. Zugehöriges Projekt: FACE (ERS DFG Exini)

  • Kowalewski, Sylvia; Borg, Anna; Kluge, Johanna; Himmel, Simon; Trevisan, Bianka; Eraßme, Denise; Martina Ziefle & Jakobs, Eva-Maria (2014). Modelling the influence of human factors on the perception of renewable energies. Taking geothermics as an example. In Ben Amala & Brian Dalgetty (Eds.). Advances in Human Factors, Software and System Engineering (pp. 155-162). AHFE Conference © 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4951-2096-1. Zugehöriges Projekt: TIGER (BMWi)   PDF

  • Trevisan, Bianka; Eraßme, Denise, Hemig, Tim; Kowalewski, Sylvia, Kluge, Johanna; Himmel, Simon; Borg, Anna, Jakobs, Eva-Maria & Ziefle, Martina Facebook as a source for human-centred engineering. Web Mining-based reconstruction of stakeholder perspectives on energy systems.In T. Ahram, W. Karwowski and T. Marek (eds.) 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2014) pp. 5688-5699. ISBN 978-1-4951-1572-1 Zugehöriges Projekt: TIGER (BMWi)   PDF


  • Klack, Lars; Wilkowska, Wiktoria, Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2013). Telemedical vs. conventional heart patient monitoring – A survey study with German physicians. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 29(4), 376-383. ISSN: 0266-4623 Zugehöriges Projekt: eHealth (DFG Exini)   PDF

  • Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle, Martina (2013). Health is silver, beauty is golden? How the usage context influences the acceptance of an invasive technology. In Louis Marinos & Ionnis Askoxylakis (Eds.). HAS/HCII 2013. LNCSuman Aspects, Information Security, Privacy and Trust. LNCS 8030.pp.110-118. Proceedings of the 15th HCI International. Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-642-39344-0   PDF

  • Kowalewski, Sylvia; Kluge, Johanna & Ziefle Martina (2013). Integrating Potential Users Into the Development of A Medical Wrist Watch in Four Steps. In C. Stephanidis (Ed.). Posters. Part II. Proceedings of the 15th HCI International, CCIS 374, pp. 183-186. Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-642-39475-1 Zugehöriges Projekt: CardioClock (industriegefördert)