ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism

The programme:

The PhD programme engages with projects and provides courses within the study of information and communication technology, interaction design, print and audiovisual media, digital media, journalism and experience culture.

The programme is covering a wide span of research interests within a dynamic, expanding and incessantly changing field. For instance, it includes projects in film studies, digital urbanity, aesthetics, reception and uses of media, games, social media, historical developments of media and technology, organisations, innovation and design processes, surveillances studies, health technology studies, structural changes and production processes in the media industry, visual digital media, journalistic ideals and practices, and the broader social, political and cultural contexts for the subjects concerned.

The programme comprises four areas of emphasis: First of all, research is done in Technology Studies – the social role (STS), in interaction design, in construction and implementation of technology at work, in recreational activities and contexts, in public areas and in different kinds of learning environments. Second, several projects have been concerned with cultural and aesthetic aspects of information and communication technologies, including digital art, hacktivism, computer games, audio design as well as experience economy (e.g., advertising, branding and tourism). Third, research is carried out in relation to established media and media institutions (both print and broadcast, national and international) and in relation to digital media and the emergence of a new convergent media environment. And finally, research is undertaken in journalism focusing on the development of the journalistic role, journalistic products and conditions of production.

The projects in the programme are often conducted on a cross disciplinary basis, as the research questions arising from this incessantly changing area are highly influenced by both technological, economic, political and cultural developments, and thus require a wide array of approaches both in terms of theory and methods. Research in the programme is characterised by the use of a broad span of different theoretical perspectives and empirical methods, and by combining theoretical knowledge, concepts and methods from both sociology and the humanities and in certain fields also by implementing constructivist approaches in the research processes.

Geographic location:

The PhD students are normally situated at the same location as their supervisor. This means that most of them for the moment have their office at The School of Communication and Culture.

National cooperation:

The programme cooperates with a national network of similar PhD programmes to provide a rich and stable supply of relevant PhD courses for all PhD students in the field.

Approx. number of PhD students:

30


Assessment committee for applications:

Please find the members of the assessment committee under the relevant PhD programme.