Matthias QUENT is a Professor of sociology and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Democratic Culture at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. His research focuses on radicalization, hate, research of the far right, democratic issues in social media and immersive technologies, civil engagement, and public sociology. Matthias is a best-selling author, speaker, and media expert on the subject of right-wing extremism.
He is also the leader of the Immersive Democracy Project within the European Metaverse Research Network. His project explores new insights and opens spaces for transdisciplinary debates on how the metaverse can be designed to be inclusive and open, how immersive technologies can contribute to strengthening democracy, and what measures can be taken to counter the instrumentalization for hate, radicalization, and polarization. Through his work, he is helping to develop a better internet.