In addition to its operative work, MICT conducts research about the role of media in conflict and transformation. MICT is particularly interested in the connections between conflict development and public communication, and the changes in the self-perception of journalists in times of radical transformation. MICT's core skill in this area is the analysis of newly developing media structures in post-authoritarian countries such as Iraq, Tunisia, and Libya.

In 2012, MICT increased its research activities in countries difficult to access for foreign researchers, such as Mali and South Sudan and Sudan. The results were of surprisingly high quality. In Mali, 1,000 viewers were surveyed regarding their opinions about the state-operated television station, ORTM. In South Sudan's conflict-torn Jonglei state, citizens of all 12 counties were asked about their expectations regarding a newly established radio station. MICT's research portfolio also contains structural analyses of Iraq's and Libya's media landscape, as well as journalism research in South Sudan.

Methodologically, MICT employs qualitative as well as quantitative instruments: standardised questionnaires are complemented by focus groups, expert interviews are conducted to establish a baseline for content analysis. Thus, MICT's research can not only map the status quo, but also causes and effects.