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

Hugo Ekström

Hugo Ekström is currently Research Assistant in Media and Communication Studies at Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University. Drawing on Critical Discourse Studies, his research focuses on political communication, radical right-wing populism, and the normalisation of racism and exclusion in the new media landscape. He holds a Master’s degree in Digital Media and Communication Studies from Uppsala University. His Master’s Thesis explored the communication of Swedish right-wing parties online in the process of mainstreaming and normalisation of radical right-wing populist discourse, especially related to immigration and its alleged connection to criminality.

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 digitalisation. Her work appears in academic journals such as for example New Media and Society, in edited books and research- and authority reports. Since 2021, Therese is Associate Head for Education of Department of Informatics and Media

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. Since 2021, Michał is also Deputy Head and Associate Head for Research of Department of Informatics and Media. Since 2022 he also serves as Director of Research at CEMFOR – Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism of Uppsala University.

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 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.

Pedro Camelo

Pedro Camelo is a PhD student at the Department of Informatics and Media (IM), Uppsala University currently working on his PhD in the wider area of Critical Discourse Studies of Media and Political Communication. In his doctoral dissertation, Pedro examines discourses on right-wing populism and neoliberalism in Brazil, with a special focus on its impact on various policy fields including, inter alia, education. Previously, a Masters student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a member of the Media and Public Sphere research group (EME-UFMG), Pedro examined debates on ”Escola Sem Partido”, an ultraconservative organization targeting Brazilian education. Pedro’s wider research interests are related to issues of political communication, critical discourse studies and deliberative democracy, with an emphasis on Brazilian sociopolitical processes and dynamics.

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. Rogg researches the existential and ethical limits and potentials of biometric AI through biohacking as an existential media practice. She is part of the project “BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds” funded by WASP-HS. In her own work, Maria applies critical data studies, existential media theory and feminist new materialisms to study how biohackers experience and circumvent incongruences between embodied existence and their digitally abstracted selves. Through a collaborative and phenomenologically oriented design ethnography, biohacking is illuminated as a mode of twisting biometrics to intervene emergent subjectivities and alternative futures.

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.

Yanthe Zebregs

Yanthe Zebregs is a PhD student in Media and Communication Studies. Her key research interests concern the roles of mediation and (political) communication, specifically in the context of inequalities and (changing) cultural and political structures. Her doctoral dissertation uses abortion discourse as empirical entry point, to engage with the wider nature of democratic and political dynamics. Drawing on Critical Discourse Studies of media and political communication – and researching both global and national media and communication contexts –- Yanthe’s work deconstructs the ideological underpinnings of contemporary global discourses on abortion and on wider women’s rights. She holds a Master degree in Global Media Studies from Stockholm University, Sweden, where she previously also worked as a research assistant for a project on news representations of, and challenges to, social inequalities and threats to communication rights.

Last modified: 2022-10-21