People and research profiles media and communication studies

The current Media and Communications concentration is a very dynamic as well as diverse research environment. It currently includes over 20 nationally and internationally active junior and senior researchers whose work is linked by the interdisciplinary exploration and critique of a variety of types of communication and mediation across an array of social practices and global and local contexts.

Academic and Research Staff

Dr Ylva Ekström

Ylva Ekström is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies. She defended her PhD in 2010 on the dissertation "We are like Chameleons": Changing Mediascapes, Cultural Identities and City Sisters in Dar es Salaam. She has worked several years with education and research in the area of communication for development and social change, and has done extensive field work in primarily East Africa. Her research interests include the role of media in everyday life and for identity construction; gender and representation; new media, culture and social change, and she is methodologically primarily engaged in ethnographic research. She is currently involved as researcher in the Vinnova-funded project TROPHY: Managing the Digital Transformation of Physical Space.

Dr Therese Hedman Monstad

Therese Hedman Monstad is a Senior Lecturer whose research draws on Organisational Communication theories, as for example, Communication as Constitutive of Organisation (CCO) perspectives to explore the constitutive dimensions of communication in work interactions focusing on issues- and crisis management, health communication and organisational change processes involving tensions, participation, authority negotiation and digitalization. Her work appears in academic journals such as for example New Media and Society, in edited books and research- and authority reports.

Dr Peter Jakobsson

Peter Jakobsson is Senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media. His research interests include digital media policy and regulation, currently focusing on the concept of the digital/neoliberal media welfare state. He has also written about various aspects of the relationship between social class and the media, in particular representations of social class, but also the role of social class in media production. He is co-editor of a forthcoming Special issue on Machine intelligence for Culture machine - an international open-access journal of culture and theory, and co-editor of a forthcoming special issue on Class and/in the media for Nordicom review.

Professor Michał Krzyżanowski

Michał Krzyżanowski currently holds the Chair in Media and Communications at Uppsala University which he joined after holding a number of professorial and leadership positions at Universities in the UK, Sweden, Poland and Austria. He is one of the leading international scholars working on critical discourse studies of race, ethnicity and the politics of exclusion in the context of communication, media and social change. He has published widely on discourse and discrimination in media and political contexts. Michał is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Language and PoliticsCo-Editor of the Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies and sits on a number of boards in various journals in critical discourse studies as well as critical and qualitative social research.

Professor Amanda Lagerkvist

Amanda Lagerkvist is a media phenomenologist and a founder of existential media studies. Drawing inspiration from existential philosophy she explores the digitalization and automation of the lifeworld. Her research interests include media philosophy, media and memory, death online, anticipation, biometrics, diversity and disability. She is now heading the project “BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds” (2020-2024) within the national programme on AI, humanity and society: WASP-HS. Her monograph in progress, Existential Media (contracted with OUP), focuses on digital-human vulnerabilities and limit situations, in light of the philosophy of Karl Jaspers. She is the initiator of the interdisciplinary research network DIGMEX, and the editor of Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture (Routledge, 2019 with a foreword by John D. Peters).

Dr Johan Lindell

Johan Lindell is Associate Professor in Media and Communications. He is a media sociologist specialised in field theory and the works of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Lindell's research focuses on media consumption, fields of cultural production, social media, lifestyles and cultural stratification as well as the Nordic media system. He has published his research in a wide range of international journals including European Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Poetics, New Media and Society and Journalism Studies. Lindell is currently involved in two externally funded research projects: 1.) The Field of Television Production and 2.) Measuring Mediatization, both funded by the Ander Foundation for Media Research.

Dr Daniel Lövgren

Daniel Lövgren is a Senior Lecturer who conducts research on the role of communication in organisation, both as a constitutive force of organizing, but also as a means to communicate with internal and external constituencies. He has a particular interest in how institutional conditions impact organisations. His research interests include how ideas and ideal of the private sector influence public sector organisations, the role of identity and identification in universities and elderly care organisations, and how small scale food and drink producers and collectives relate to a sense of place and the idea of a common good. He currently also works on the Swedish Research Council Research Project "Strategic Communication and Organizing in the Scandinavian Higher Education Sector: Towards the Promotional University?”.

Dr Carl Öhman

Carl Öhman is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Uppsala University, Sweden, which he joined in 2021 after completing his doctorate and master's at the University of Oxford, UK, under the supervision of Professor Luciano Floridi. Prior to that, he earned a double BA in sociology and comparative literature at Uppsala University. Carl’s research spans across several topics in media and communication research, but mainly concerns ethical and political issues associated with emerging (digital) technologies. Notable examples include the ethics and politics of digital human remains, Islamic prayer bots, and the ethics of deep-fake pornography. His texts have appeared in such academic journals as Nature Human Behavior and Big Data & Society. In 2020 he was named the UK’s #1 early career researcher in the arts and humanities by Scopus/Elsevier. Beyond academia, Carl is also a well-known commentator in news and popular media including The New York Times, TIME Magazine, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde or Der Spiegel.

Dr Cecilia Strand

Cecilia Strand is a Senior Lecturer who has previously worked 2003-10 as a development practitioner in Lesotho, Namibia and Uganda, parallel to completing the dissertation Perilous Silences and Counterproductive Narratives Pertaining to HIV/AIDS in the Ugandan, Lesotho and Namibian Press. A decade long focus on human rights advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Ugandan LGBTQI community’s struggle for equal rights in particular, has resulted in numerous articles, book chapters and conference contributions. Currently, she is part of a Swedish Institute funded research project, studying human rights advocates’ understanding of digital security and risk mitigating digital practices. The project also explores how increased mediated visibility, which is often understood as a necessary component of human rights advocacy, is related to increased vulnerability in repressive contexts.

Dr Göran Svensson

Göran Svensson, PhD, has taught media, communication and journalism at Uppsala since 1988 and has also previously been Media and Communications’ Interim Chair and Subject Leader. He is also a trained journalist with experience in print, radio and freelance journalism. The basic goal of his research is to bridge critique/criticality and institutions, and to investigate the impact thereon of traditional/digital mediated communication. He currently conducts research in three main areas: media criticism and accountability, digital and public diplomacy, and digitalisation processes of institutionalisation in media and journalism. He has published in Sociologisk forskning, Javnost-The public, Media, Culture and Society, Nordicom-Review, Journal of Social Science Education, and has been the editor of the sociological textbook Sweden- Everyday life and Structure as well as a contributor to the Swedish Handbook in journalism research and to several reports by IMS, Institutet för mediestudier.

Dr Matilda Tudor

Matilda Tudor is a Research Fellow in Media and Communications. As a media phenomenologist, she works at the intersections of existential media studies and critical theory, particularly focusing on feminist and queer perspectives. She has been exploring the existential implications of living with and through digital media among sexual minorities in Russia, developing an original framework for a queer digital media phenomenology. Currently, she is working on digital-human vulnerabilities in relation to biometric AI within the WASP-HS project BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds.

PhD Students

Sandra Bergman

Sandra Bergman is a PhD student in media and communication studies with her work focused on organisational communication. Previous research has been regarding the development of leadership communication. Currently, she is studying how team communication practices are affected by non-human agents being part of the team structure.

Kateryna Boyko

Kateryna Boyko is a PhD student in Media and Communication Studies with research interests in identity construction, online communities, and the intersection of entertaining content and politics. Her doctoral research explores civic cultures of torrent communities in Eastern Europe. In particular, she focuses on conjunctions and interplays between civic and file-sharing practices, in how and under what conditions illegal file-sharing becomes embedded in the civic context. Kateryna also holds a Master degree in Journalism from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University while her second MA degree in Media Studies was obtained at Södertörn University (Stockholm). There she worked on how self-proclaimed unrecognized state-actors such as “Islamic state” and “Donetsk people’s republic” convey images of the state and community in their local media.

Alexandra Brankova

Alexandra Martin Brankova is a PhD student at the Department of Informatics and Media (IM) and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on Russian patriotic and nationalist organisations and their ways for constructing national identity through competing discourses, digital practices for user engagement and interconnectivity. Alexandra has graduated the MSc Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from the University of Glasgow. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Glasgow for a project about illicit economies in the Republic of North Macedonia. Her main research interests are related to national identity construction, nationalism, critical discourse studies, new media, and digital methods with a specific Area Studies focus on Post-Soviet spaces, the Russian Federation and South-East Europe.

Maria Rogg

Maria Rogg is a PhD student in Media and Communication Studies whose key interests are at intersection of philosophy, science and technology and design anthropology. Using existential media studies, her research explores bodyhacking as a negotiation of agency and emerging subjectivities in an age of automation. The central concern in her work are the limits imposed by biometric artificial intelligence such as strategies to resist it. Maria is part of the research project BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds and attends the WASP-HS graduate school on challenges and consequences of autonomous systems and AI in society. She holds MA from Södertörn University and has previously worked on designs of mediated citizenship during convergence festivals.

Emma Rönngren

Emma Rönngren is a PhD Student in Media and Communication at the Department of Informatics and Media (IM) and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES). Her research project explores the reception of Russia’s strategic narratives among young Russian speakers in the Baltic states from a media perspective. The doctoral project is set to finish in 2024. She is editorial assistant of the Journal of Baltic Studies and was elected as PhD representative in the IRES board in 2019.

Last modified: 2021-07-19