The project Mapping Global Media Policy serves to monitor, categorize and analyze key issues, significant developments and recent trends in the governance of media, information and communication on a global level. Its main goals are:

  • to build and share knowledge on the complex field of global media policy
  • to identify the relevant actors, processes, outcomes and resources, as well as the interactions between them
  • to foster access to information and reflections on global media policy
  • to enhance actors’ capacity to effectively intervene in relevant policy settings and thus reduce barriers to meaningful participation
  • to stimulate collaboration between scholars and stakeholders worldwide

The project focuses on the following activities:

  • gathering, categorizing and classifying information on actors, processes, outcomes and resources of global media policy through an interactive online platform and an elaborate resource database
  • enhancing the understanding of relevant dimensions and dynamics of global media policy through the use of visual mapping tools
  • developing scientific analysis on key issues, current trends, best practices, and policy and research gaps
  • organizing discussion fora, including workshops, conferences, and online fora, to bring together leading scholars as well as multiple policy stakeholders for debate on key problems of global media policy

The platform, the database structure and related resources (including visual maps) are available for scholars, research groups and other interested actors, to plan, conduct, integrate and enrich research and advocacy activities. You can use the platform to access existing data, but you can also contribute content on the basis of your own areas of interest and expertise, and thus contribute to the development of a global community of knowledge in this field. If you wish to become a contributor, please contact us.

About Us

Mapping Global Media Policy is an independent project initiated by the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). It has been hosted and supported by an academic consortium led by Media@McGill, a research and public outreach hub based at McGill University (Canada), and including University of Padova (Italy) and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University (Hungary).

The project is run by a Steering Committee that includes Prof. Marc Raboy (McGill University), Prof. Claudia Padovani (University of Padova), Prof. Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney) and Dr. Arne Hintz (Cardiff University/Central European University). The Steering Committee collaborates with scholars and institutions worldwide.

The project is also based on the regular contributions from Ronald Ashri (Istos, technical development), Elena Pavan (University of Trento), and several research assistants, including Jocelyn Harrington, Ilana Hanukov and Gretchen King (all McGill University).

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