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The notion of collaboration and network-building is at the heart of CGCS’s work on media and communication. Our projects bring together academic institutions, scholars, NGOs, civil society groups, policymakers, regulators and private consultants from diverse national contexts.

Through our partnerships with academic institutions, civil society groups and individual scholars and practitioners, we seek to develop research capacity and professional networks that will further the field of international communication studies. We promote partnership on all levels, encouraging informal, ad hoc collaboration (for example, by connecting a lawyer seeking advice on a media case with an international expert) as well as institutional support (for example, helping to develop academic centers by recruiting faculty, assisting with research agendas, developing funding proposals, and providing curriculum support).

We work to continuously expand the network so it can support the needs of academics and students furthering global and comparative communication studies, as well as practitioners seeking empirically-grounded research for public-policy related activities.

Central European University (Budapest)

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University

Based at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) acts as a bridge between East and West by conducting cutting-edge research and providing valuable expertise for academia, NGOs, policy-makers and regulators.

The Center offers innovative courses in media and communication studies across various CEU departments, organizes workshops, lectures and conferences on current developments in the field, and operates within an international network of acclaimed scholars and academic institutions. 

One of the features of the CGCS-CMCS partnership is the creation of a two-year Annenberg Post Doctoral Fellowship in Global Communication Studies. The first post-doc, Kate Coyer, spent her fall semesters at Annenberg and her spring semesters at CEU and is currently the director of CMCS.

Ellen Hume is the current Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at Central European University.

CMCS activities include:

  • Annual CEU Summer University Course organized with CGCS
  • ICA Regional Conference: Beyond East and West: Two Decades of Media Transformation after the Fall of Communism (June 25 - 27, 2009)
  • Enabling Europe: The Future of Policymaking around Citizens' and Community Media (May 16-18, 2007)
  • ICA Pre-Conference: Influencing Outcomes: Communications Research and Global and Regional Policy Transformations" (June 16-17 2006)
  • Re:Activism conference, an International Conference on the Fate of Activism in the Digital Age (October 14 - 16, 2005)
  • Coordination of the 4-year A30 COST Action "East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda," which seeks to develop a cutting edge, joint European social science research agenda with a clear focus on newly emerging problems of Central and Eastern European media in a comparative perspective.

Communication University of China (Beijing)

The National Center for Radio & TV Studies (NCRTS) at the Communication University of China (CUC) houses the Center for Communication Research, a project initiated by the Annenberg School for Communication with a grant from the Markle Foundation.

NCRTS aims to:

  • Forge a link between graduates and scholars from universities and research centers in China and to assist in linking those scholars with their counterparts abroad;
  • Make a diverse source of research in communication studies available to scholars in China;
  • Bring informed comment and insights to bear on the current development of China's communication law and policy.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hu Zhengrong, Director, National Center for Radio & TV Studies; or CGCS.

Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford)

The Oxford Internet Institute is an academic center for the study of the societal implications of the Internet.

Annenberg students attended the Oxford Internet Institute's Summer Doctoral Programs from 2005 to 2007.

Programme for Comparative Media Law & Policy (Oxford)

The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University was founded by Professor Monroe Price and is part of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

PCMLP provides a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the playing out of human rights debates in media systems and the impact of media changes on democratic values and economic development. PCMLP is also the UNESCO Chair in Communications Law and Policy for the United Kingdom and manages the Media Know How Project, which provides and disseminates information on British and other European media law and policies that can be used to help develop and reform aspects of Russian media law and practice.

PCMLP also serves as a partner on the annual Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute in Global Media Policy.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Oxford)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, founded in 2006, is headed by former CGCS Visiting Scholar David Levy.  

In 2009, Annenberg PhD student Chris Finlay served as the first Annenberg Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford.  Finlay was asked to examine how new media technologies are influencing the development of the major media narratives of the 2012 London Olympics.

Stanhope Centre (London)

The Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research, launched in London in 2002, serves as a hub for researchers, activists, and policymakers and provides a forum for open dialogue and scholarship related to media law and policy around the world.

Ongoing activities include:

  • The Stanhope Werkstatte--a group of young academics working to understand the general problem of Internet technology and policy;
  • Research on media in conflict and post-conflict zones and their relationship to crisis;
  • Hosting media and communications scholars in residence; and
  • Offering student research internships for MA and PhD students working in the field of media policy research.

The Stanhope Centre works closely with CGCS and offers opportunities to collaborate with academics in the London area, as well as internship options for American and other non-British scholars. Five Annenberg PhD students have conducted internships with Stanhope.

Stanhope Centre highlights:

  • Working with MA/PhD students across London. Numerous internship opportunities have brought a constant flow of graduate students from the LSE, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Cardozo Law School, Oxford University, Cambridge University and the Annenberg School.  While some of the students have had internships during the summer, others have complemented their MA programmes and have received supervision from Stanhope staff on their dissertations.
  • A long-term research project on flows of information in Somaliland.  This research project uses an innovative set of methods to understand the role of particular types of information in the state and nationbuilding process.
  • The East African programme is also in its final stages as two Stanhope Associates are working on a publication of Oral Histories of Eastern African Editors.
  • Working with the Annenberg School and Albany Associates on public opinion research in Darfur.

Past projects have included:

  • A UK government-funded East African Journalist Fellowship, run jointly with the LSE's Crisis States Research Centre.
  • MetaLogo ICT project, which is funded by the EU and led by GTZ.
  • In conjunction with Annenberg, Stanhope prepared a study of the Iraqi media landscape for the National Commission for Media and Communications in Iraq.  This study was featured at a conference on media development in Iraq held under UNESCO auspices in Paris in November 2006.
  • Stanhope Centre was a member of an Internews Europe-led consortium which was selected to implement a media regulation project in Russia.
  • In 2006, Stanhope hosted a group of TV Managers from Hunan Province, China, who were enrolled in a training programme by the University of Westminster's China Media Programme.