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


Our Research


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:
Policy Impacts

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




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.


Teaching Resources

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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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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

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