Media and Democracy
This research group focuses on the media as part of the public sphere, exploring the medias role in providing information to citizens, its effect in shaping agendas and framing issues, and its status both as a forum and participant in debate. Broad research questions include:
What role should media play in free societies, in particular at times of economic and political crisis?
What is the relationship between media decisions and the influence of state, political and commercial entities?
How can traditional media with fragmenting audiences reinvent themselves as pillars of democracy?
What will be the role of new media (and social media) in encouraging participative citizens, engaging wider audiences and transforming politics?
Women Media and Democracy the importance of gender balance
As part of DCUs commitment to the 3U Partnership, this group will affiliate and work closely with the National Centre for Media, Power and the Public, which is currently a collaboration between DCU School of Communications and the Centre for Media Studies at NUIM.
Media and Social Change
This research group focuses on the relationship between media and society beyond the scope of politics and power, drawing on long-established DCU expertise in audience research and the representational politics of popular culture. Change is addressed here both in terms of social concerns about media influence (cyberbullying, pro-anorexia websites, new media literacy, sexualisation and commercialisation of children, the representation of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ageing in advertising, 'pornification' [sexualisation?] of popular culture) as well as in new media's potential to transform how we learn and communicate (ICTs and digital games in education, online campaigns to combat racism, homophobia, depression and suicide, etc. and developments in health communication, e.g. effectiveness of online treatment programmes for eating disorders).
Broad research questions for the Centre for Media and Social Change include:
How are new communication technologies such as Skype, Facebook and Twitter transforming family and close social relationships?
How are new forms of information search, storage and processing such as Google and Wikipedia transforming the acquisition of knowledge and understanding?
How is the evolving interaction of old and new media transforming global creative and entertainment industries?
Media History and Contemporary Journalism
Practice-Based Research & Professional Practice
This interdisciplinary research group uses photography, digital video and fine art to address a broad range of research themes and questions.