Nicolas Ruth

Nicolas Ruth

Interim Professor/Postdoc Researcher in Music Psychology & Music Management

University of Hamburg


Nicolas Ruth is a music and media science scholar with a focus on music/media psychology and management. After studying Musicology and Popular Music and Media, he did his PhD on prosocial music. Ruth has conducted research on music reception on radio/TV, music and advertising, and streaming technologies using a wide range of methods such as experiments, surveys, content analyses, and interviews. His current research is on the development of musical abilities and personality in children.


  • Development of musical abilities
  • Prosocial music
  • Streaming
  • Music marketing
  • Music in the media


  • Doctoral degree in Media Communication, 2018

    Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg

  • Master of Arts in Popular Music and Media, 2012

    University of Paderborn

  • Bachelor of Arts in Musicology, 2010

    Justus-Liebig-University Giessen



Substitute Professor

Institute for Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg

Apr 2021 – Present Hamburg, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in B.A. and M.A. Systematic Musicology
  • Supervising theses
  • Elected Representative in the Committee for Teaching, Studies and Academic Reform
  • Writing research grant applications
  • Research on music streaming and mobile music usage

PostDoc Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

May 2019 – Mar 2021 London, UK

Responsibilities include:

  • Analysing data
  • Managing a longitudinal study
  • Writing papers
  • Supervising master theses
  • Elected Early Career Researcher Representative

Research & Teaching Associate / Doctoral Student

Media and Business Communication Group, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

Nov 2012 – Mar 2019 Würzburg, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in B.Sc. and M.Sc. Media Communication
  • Research on music and media
  • Management of recording studio lab
  • Supervising bachelor and master theses

Funding & Grants

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

2-year fully funded fellowship

  • Project title: Music was my first love? The impact of musical abilities on the development of personality

Start-up funding

Grant for organizing an interdisciplinary conference

DAAD Conference Grants

Awards to assist with the costs of attending the following conferences:

  • ICA 2018 (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • ICMPC 2016 (San Francisco, USA)
  • IASPM 2015 (Campinas, Brazil)

Recent Publications


M.Sc. & B.Sc. seminars

Download a complete list of teaching and supervising experience here

This is a downloadable pdf with all teaching experience and supervised theses in English and German

Algorithmusgeleitetes Musikstreaming am Beispiel von Spotify (Algorithm based music streaming on Spotify)

Meaning of Streaming – Chancen und Risiken von Musikstreaming (Meaning of streaming - chances and risks of music streaming)

Musikmarketing – Konzepte und Praxis (music marketing - conceptualization and practices)

Musik- und Eventmanagement (music and event management)

With A Little Help From My Friends. Rezeption und Wirkung prosozialer Musik (Effects of prosocial music)

Traditionelle vs. alternative Hitmixe im Radio (Traditional versus alternative hit mixes in the radio)