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[ecrea] CFA ICA 2017 Blue Sky Workshop: 'policy research methods: Improving the craft'
Wed Mar 08 15:43:13 GMT 2017
*ICA 2017 Blue Sky Workshop: “Policy Research Methods: Improving the Craft”*
*Open Call for Abstracts*
There is a pressing need to improve policy research in media and
communication studies in response to theoretical developments in our
understanding of the nature of policy problems, challenges presented by
technological innovation, and changes in law-state-society relations.
This workshop will explore the methodological difficulties for those
conducting research in the current policy environment, examine which
traditional methods continue to prove useful and which do not, and
introduce methodological innovations. Furthermore, it will discuss
various possibilities for institutionalizing scholarly exchange about
methodological insights for policy research. The Blue Sky Workshop
offers a valuable opportunity to gather renowned and innovative scholars
in the research field from around the globe to embark on this vital mission.
This Blue Sky Workshop aims to explore methodological difficulties that
researchers in the field of media, communication and information policy
are confronted with in the contemporary policy environment.
Problems addressed by those doing policy analysis keep getting more
complex. Scholars have realized a long time ago that the question is not
simply which solution to a problem is “best,” whether in a cost-benefit
analysis or normative sense, but rather we are dealing with a
multi-layered onion that is multi-dimensional and surrounded by diverse
stakeholders and interests, by discursive frames and struggles over
decision-making venues. For decades we have been struggling with the
attempt to adapt legal and policy tools developed for one medium or
context to apply to others that are qualitatively new in form and,
because of unceasing technological innovation, always changing. More
recently, we have come to appreciate the importance of policy-making as
it is undertaken by private actors and in informal ways through diverse
means including software and network architecture as well as rules and
self-regulation. Finally, current developments in Western democracies
and beyond give new currency to the difficulties of policy-making and
analysis under conditions in which there are challenges to the rule of
law and media freedom altogether. Together, these developments signal a
sense of urgency in finding better methodological tools to analyze
media, communication and information policy.
This Blue Sky Workshop responds to the pressing calls to improve the
craft of doing policy research in media and communication studies.
Questions to be addressed include:
* What are the key challenges scholars experience in terms of
methodology to deal with the changes in the environment of media,
communication and information policy making?
* Which existing methodologies have proven their sturdiness throughout
* Which new methods have scholars come across that show or have proven
potential to better capture the changing policy environment?
* Which phenomena both old and new do scholars have problems to
properly analyze because methods are insufficient or access to data
Furthermore, the Blue Sky Workshop will discuss various possibilities
for institutionalizing scholarly exchange about methodological insights
for policy research. Thus, the workshop offers a valuable opportunity to
gather renowned and innovative scholars in the research field from
around the globe to embark on this vital mission.
Following a short introduction by the session chairs (Sandra Braman,
Manuel Puppis & Hilde Van den Bulck), Terry Flew (Queensland University
of Technology), Sandra González-Bailón (Annenberg School for
Communication, U Penn), Natascha Just (Michigan State University) and
Dwayne Winseck (Carleton University) will start the discussion with
short interventions before participants will be invited to share their
experiences and views.
Additional confirmed participants include Christopher Ali, Hernan
Galperin, Natali Helberger, Sonia Livingstone, Russell Newman, Juan
Ramon Rodriguez-Amat, Amit Schejter, Dwayne Winseck and Rita Zajacz.
*Those who wish to participate in the workshop should submit an abstract
(up to 400 words)*describing a particular methodological research
problem, strengths and weaknesses of one or more specific methods
currently in use, and/or a methodological innovation of value in the
contemporary environment *to the session chairs until March 30, 2017*.
Sandra Braman (Texas A&M University/USA), (braman /at/ email.tamu.edu)
<mailto:(braman /at/ email.tamu.edu)>
Manuel Puppis (U of Fribourg/Switzerland), (manuel.puppis /at/ unifr.ch)
<mailto:(manuel.puppis /at/ unifr.ch)>
Hilde Van den Bulck (U of Antwerp/Belgium),
(hilde.vandenbulck /at/ uantwerpen.be) <mailto:(hilde.vandenbulck /at/ uantwerpen.be)>
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