Pol Comm Tech is an academic research group focused on exploring the intersections of politics, communication, and technology.
This project examines the amount and types of negativity directed at journalists on Twitter. While social media has fostered an environment for journalists and the public to connect and interact in creative ways, it also makes journalists, particularly women journalists, vulnerable to online bullying and harassment. Dealing with mean tweets has become part of journalists' job description.
Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Global Journalism Innovation:
This project investigates how explanatory journalism informs public dialogue and policy action, against a backdrop of declining commercial news media and concerns about disinformation. This is part of a larger project led by Dr. Alfred Hermida and Dr. Mary Lynn Young at the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with The Conversation Canada, and the network of affiliates in Australia, France, the UK, and the US.
Funding: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge
This large-scale collaboration included 18 research teams from across Canada and internationally who each worked with digital data collected during the 2019 federal elections in Canada. Running from April 2019 to March 2020, the goal of the project was to map the digital ecosystem during the 2019 federal election in order to support increased civic and digital literacy.
Funding: Canada History Fund Grant (Digital Citizen Initiative), Government of Canada
Connected Canada Initiative
This project unpacks what it means to be a citizen in a digital context in Canada and presents a research agenda for developing a deeper understanding of the ways Canadians use the Internet engage in a digital media environments. So far the Initiative includes a conference, report, edited book, and book chapter.
Funding: SSHRC Connections Grant
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.
Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Variables in Communication Research
In this video, Professor Dubois covers the building blocks of academic research in a communications context.
Political Communication Course Outline
CMN/POL 3133 Fall 2020
3rd year undergraduate class
University of Ottawa
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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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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.
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 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.
Graduate Student Supervision
MA & PhD in Communication
Complete your MA 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's of Digital Transformation and Innovation program is 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.
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