Research Projects

NEPOCS (Network of European Political Communication Scholars

A group of 18 social scientists, all of whom share an interest in political communication research from a comparative international perspective.

Worlds of Journalism Study

Founded in 2010 to assess the state of journalism throughout the world. The study’s main objective is to help journalism researchers, media practitioners and policy makers better understand the worldviews and changes that are taking place in the professional views of journalists.


This project examines how the current changes in the political information environments in European democracies affect the conditions for a healthy democracy. This is done through a series of comparative, innovatively designed studies, including web tracking, comparative surveys, focus groups and survey embedded experiments in 14 European countries and the US.

DEDALUS (DEveloping DAta Literacy courses for University Students)

The project is aiming to equip students
with the necessary competences to cope with future digital challenges and to create an additional value for the enterprises and industries where they would be employed. [Funded by ERASMUS+]

I-POLHYS (Investigating POLarization in HYbrid media Systems)

I-POLHYS analyses political polarization through a political communication lens. It contends that, in contemporary media systems, the increasing
variety and complexity of actors, media technologies, logics, contents, and practices affect political polarization in manifold ways. For this reason, I-POLHYS develops and applies a multimedia and multi-actor research framework to approach political polarization as a multifaceted phenomenon. [Funded by Ministero dell’Università]

PHARM (Preventing Hate Against Refugees and Migrants)
The goal is to monitor and model hate speech against refugees and migrants in Greece, Italy and Spain in order to predict and combat hate crime and also counter its effects using cutting-edge techniques, such as data journalism and narrative persuasion. [Funded by H2020]

MediaDelCom The project is financed by the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020. 17 teams representing 14 EU countries participate in MEDIADELCOM. The project is coordinated by the University of Tartu (Estonia) and has started in March 2021, lasting until March 2024. The overall objective of MEDIADELCOM is to develop a diagnostic tool (multiple scenario building model) for policy makers, educators, media critical bodies and institutions, as well as for media experts and journalists, which enables the provision of holistic assessment of risks and opportunities concerning deliberative communication and consequently social cohesion in Europe.