Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Department of Information, Media and Communication
Finkenau 35
22081 Hamburg

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Christiane Behnert

Research Assistant

Dr. Christiane Behnert was a research assistant at the Department of Information at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences from March 2014 until July 2019. Her primary areas of research were relevance and relevance behaviour, information searching behaviour and interactive information retrieval. In December 2021, she received her PhD by the University of Hildesheim on “User criteria in relevance judgments in academic search systems: An experimental approach to exploring relevance criteria on the example of popularity data as an element of search result presentation.”. Her doctoral research project Relevance Clues" was made possible by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences “Promotionsförderung” funding program.

From June 2014 to July 2019, she was a member of the research committee of the faculty of Design – Media – Information.

Christiane received her MA degree in Information Science in 2013 and her Diploma in Library Studies in 2009 from the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. During her Master studies, she worked as a student assistant at the Berlin Social Science Center Library, where she found research data management to be the subject of her Master Thesis.

Before that, she worked as a librarian at the University Library Greifswald and helped to develop the Digital Library of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


Behnert, C. (2022): Popularität und Relevanz in der Suche. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.

Lewandowski, D.; Sünkler, S.; Schultheiß, S.; Häußler, H.; Spree, U.; Behnert, C. (2021): The Search Studies Group at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Datenbank Spektrum.

Schultheiß, S.; Linhart, A.; Behnert, C.; Rulik, I.; Lewandowski, D. (2020): Known-item searches and search tactics in library search systems: Results from four transaction log analysis studies. Journal of Academic Librarianship 46(5), article 102202.

Behnert, C. (2019): Investigating the Effects of Popularity Data on Predictive Relevance Judgments in Academic Search Systems. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (pp. 437–440). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

Behnert, C. (2019): Kriterien und Einflussfaktoren bei der Relevanzbewertung von Surrogaten in akademischen Informationssystemen. Information - Wissenschaft & Praxis, 70(1), 24–32.

Behnert, C., Plassmeier, K., Borst, T., & Lewandowski, D. (2019): Evaluierung von Rankingverfahren für bibliothekarische Informationssysteme. Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis 70 (1), 14-23.

Behnert, C., & Lewandowski, D. (2017): A Framework for Designing Retrieval Effectiveness Studies of Library Information Systems Using Human Relevance Assessments. Journal of Documentation 73(3), 509–527.

Behnert, C. (2017): Relevance Clues – Developing an Experimental Design to Examine the Criteria Behind Relevance Judgments. In M. Gäde, V. Trkulja, & V. Petras (Hrsg.): Everything Changes, Everything Stays the Same? Understanding Information Spaces. Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium of Information Science (ISI 2017). PDF

Behnert, C., & Lewandowski, D. (2017): Known-Item Searches Resulting in Zero Hits: Considerations for Discovery Systems. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 43(2), 128–134.

Plassmeier, K.; Behnert, C.; Borst, Ti.o; Lewandowski, D. (2015): Evaluating Popularity Data for Relevance Ranking in Library Information Systems. Poster Sessions at the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Behnert, C., & Borst, T. (2015): Neue Formen der Relevanz-Sortierung in bibliothekarischen Informationssystemen: Das DFG-Projekt LibRank. Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis 39(3), 384–393.

Behnert, C. (2015): LibRank – New Approaches for Relevance Ranking in Library Information Systems. In F. Pehar, C. Schlögl, & C. Wolff (Hrsg.): Re:inventing Information Science in the Networked Society. Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2015). PDF


  1. 2021

    Ph.D. Information Sciences

    Univesity of Hildesheim
  2. 2013

    M.A. Information Sciences

    University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
  3. 2009

    Certified Librarian

    University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Professional Experience

  1. 2014-2019
    Research Assistant
    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  2. 2009-2012
    Employee in the area of Digitalization
    University Library Greifswald