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Pol Comm Tech Lab

is an academic research group focused on exploring the intersections of politics, communication, and technology.

Research Projects

Our Research



Wonks and War Rooms

The podcast where political communication theory meets on the ground strategy

Host, Professor Elizabeth Dubois, picks a political communication theory, explains it to a practitioner, and then they have a chat about whether or not it makes sense at all out in the world of politics and communications. She chats with political staffers, journalists, comms experts, lobbyists, activists and other political actors. Elizabeth quizzes them on pol comm theory and they tell her how ridiculous (or super helpful) that theory actually is.

Listen to the Wonks and War Rooms Podcast
Teaching Resources


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Podcast Accessibility Guide

Learn accessibility basics to ensure people can easily access, use, and learn from your podcast.

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Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Variables in Communication Research

In this video, Professor Dubois covers the building blocks of academic research in a communications context.

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Lab Members
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​Based at the University of Ottawa, the group is under the direction of Associate Professor Elizabeth Dubois, PhD. Members include people from communication studies, political science, law, computer science, and more.

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Join the Lab

Join the Lab

Dive into the world of Political Communication research with these opportunities
Not part of the categories below? Please feel free to reach out! 

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The UROP scholarship is meant to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in research and encourage senior students to do graduate studies and pursue a research career. The program includes a $1000 scholarship for 75 hours of research throughout the semester and is open to students of all faculties and years. 

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Directed Studies Courses

Directed Studies courses are aimed at furthering a student’s knowledge of a particular area or at gaining knowledge of a new area. The topic is selected and developed in consultation with the supervising professor in accordance with departmental guidelines. Communication Directed Study options include two 3-credit courses: CMN3192  and CMN5900.

Technoships Program

Technoships is a unique research training program in technology law, ethics and policy for first-year law students, run in partnership with the uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. 

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Graduate Student Supervision

MA & PhD in Communication

Complete your Master of Arts in Communication by thesis or major research paper/mémoire or your PhD Thesis in Communication as a member of the Lab under the supervision of Professor Dubois.

MSc & PhD in Digital Transformation and Innovation

The Master of Digital Transformation and Innovation and PhD of Digital Transformation and Innovation are a multi-faculty collaboration between the Telfer School of Management, the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Dubois can supervise masters and doctoral students in this program.

Postgraduate, Post-Doctoral, & Visiting Fellowship

Other opportunities

Want to work with the Pol Comm Tech Lab in some other capacity? Reach out to us to discuss options.



For more information on our research, publications, current opportunities, or how to get involved, please get in touch with us using the contact form.

Media and journalistic inquiries welcome.

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