According to the mission statement, and with a clear focus on the Austrian media system, research at CMC encompasses
- the structural conditions, contents, and effects of politically relevant communication, and
- the ethics, accountability, and governance of public communication in times of media change.
These two complementary perspectives are reflected in the research group structure:
- Media, Politics & Democracy (MePD; headed by Josef Seethaler) and
- Media Accountability & Media Change (MAMC; headed by Tobias Eberwein)
Cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry is directly subordinated to the Directorate.