Media and communication studies

Media and communication studies analyses related phenomena in organisations, society and culture. Key fields of research include changes in media and the public sphere, promotional culture, political communication, communication policy, science communication, the global media landscape, crisis communication and the philosophy of communication.

Researchers in media and communication studies collaborate with colleagues from a variety of fields, and utilise international networks in their research projects. The aim is not only to produce high-quality research, but also to engage with society and participate actively in public discussion.

Media and communication play a central role in the activities of various institutions and organisations. Modern democracies are based on public discussion, political communication and the creation of imagined communities. Companies, NGOs and other institutions need media and communication to make themselves visible and promote their goals. Organisations also need media and communication to increase the commitment and engagement of their staff or activists. Media – both traditional and new digital media – maintain public spaces in which key social issues are addressed and negotiated. Media and communication are also closely connected to the exercise of power which is communicative in modern societies: the pen is mightier than the sword.

Media and communication studies explores the above social phenomena from diverse and critical perspectives by analysing the role and methods of media and communication as well as related social changes. The discipline examines topics including media activities and presentations, journalism and political communication, communication policy, organisational communication, promotional communication, and science communication.

At the University of Helsinki, media and communication studies covers a wide range of research.

Current focus areas include:

  • The public sphere
  • Media
  • Organisational communication
  • Political communication
  • Communication policy
  • Science communication

For more information about research and grant-funded researchers, see the university research portal

Discipline coordinator: Professor Esa Väliverronen, DSSc

Professors
JH
Juha
Herkman
Professor
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
AK
Anu
Kantola
Professor
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
Risto
Kunelius
Professor
Media and Communication Studies
EV
Esa
Väliverronen
Professor
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications

Assistant Professors and Associate Professors
Mervi
Pantti
Associate Professor
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
JS
Johanna
Sumiala
Associate Professor
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Theology, Media and communications

University Lecturers
Kari
Karppinen
University Lecturer
Faculty Common Matters
Field of science Media and communications
KL
Katja
Lehtisaari
University Lecturer
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
Lotta
Lounasmeri
University Lecturer
Faculty Common Matters
Field of science Media and communications

Field of science: Political Culture, Political Communication, Media History, Journalism

Janne
Matikainen
University Lecturer
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
TM
Tuomo
Mörä
University Lecturer
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications

University Researchers
MH
Minna
Horowitz
University Researcher
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
AK
Antti Heikki
Kivijärvi
University Researcher
Media and Communication Studies

Postdoctoral Researchers
AH
Anu Annika
Harju
Postdoctoral researcher
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications, Languages
Jenni
Mäenpää
Postdoctoral researcher
Media and Communication Studies
PT
Pekka
Tuominen
Postdoctoral researcher
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Social and cultural anthropology

Doctoral Students
TH
Timo
Harjuniemi
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
JH
Jockum
Hilden
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
AK
Arto
Kekkonen
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications, Political science, Computer and information sciences
AK
Aino
Koskenniemi
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
MM
Martta
Myllylä
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
JR
Jenni
Rinne
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Political science
SS
Stefanie
Siren-Heikel
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
MT
Minttu
Tikka
Doctoral Student
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications

Professors of practice
OI
Outi
Ihanainen-Rokio
Professor of Practice
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications
PS
Pekka
Sauri
Professor of Practice
Media and Communication Studies
Field of science Media and communications

Below is a list of the research projects currently under way in media and communication studies. 

More research projects involving the discipline are listed in the research portal

Here you can find some blogs (in Finnish) by our staff and partners. Follow us to learn about current hot topics!

  • Mediayhteiskunta blog
    The “Media society” blog written by Esa Väliverronen, professor of media and communication studies
     
  • Janne Matikainen
    The blog written by Janne Matikainen, docent of media and communication studies, on phenomena in the online world
     
  • #P3 Platform
    The P3 Publics, Politics & Promotion research group comments on public life and activities.
     
  • Rajapinta blog
    The “Interface” blog on digital research
     
  • Petro Poutanen
    Petro Poutanen, a media and communication studies researcher and consultant, writes on organisational communication and creativity.
     
  • Media & Viestintä
    “Media & Communication” journal

Media and communication studies researchers cooperate with organisations in the field as well as with political and governmental actors, NGOs, research institutes and researchers in Finland and abroad. They engage with the public in various ways, for example, by producing research, commenting on current phenomena in the media and public debate, writing columns and blogs, giving popular lectures, and offering expert assistance and training for various communication-related issues.

Practical courses taught by professionals in the field also help maintain connections with the community.

Alumni activities promote contacts with former students who are now in the job market.

Postal and street address for media and communication studies

PO Box 54
00014 University of Helsinki
Phone 0294 1911 (University of Helsinki exchange)

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