Pieter Maeseele (PhD Ghent University) is Associate Research Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp (Belgium), where he is vice-chair of the research group Media, Policy & Culture . As media sociologist, his research and teaching focus on the relation between media and democracy, and more specifically in what ways media and popular culture contribute to democratic debate, citizenship and pluralism. His primary focus is on news and journalism, and on how both professional and alternative forms of journalism report on issues of public significance and what that teaches us about media pluralism in the 21st century. More recently, this also includes the role and performance of popular culture in this regard, and more specifically late-night political satire television and critically acclaimed TV fiction series.
Current and past research efforts center on scientific and environmental issues as well as political and economic developments, such as climate change, energy, human rights, online privacy, austerity policies and protests, new political and social movements, ethical consumption, GM food, etc. Furthermore, he holds expertise in putting up media monitors on these issues.
International recognition as a leading expert in his field is evident from his various positions in international academic associations: he is currently Chair of IAMCR’s Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group, and member of the Management Committee of the European network for argumentation and public policy analysis (COST) and the Belgian Science, Technology & Society Network (B.STS) He was previously Vice-Chair of ECREA’s Science and Environment Communication Section, and a member of both PCST’s Scientific Committee and ICA’s Outstanding Article Award Committee. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Science Communication, Journal of Alternative and Community Media, Journal of Science Communication, and Frontiers, and the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication and World Scientific Publishing book series.
Together with prof. Steve Paulussen and several civil society organisations, he started the Tegenlicht Meet Ups UAntwerpen in 2018, in which students can discuss public affairs with experts, lecturers and other interested people. In 2019 he is organizing the Class of the Century, in which inspiring figures and experts are invited to analyze societal challenges and opportunities together with pupils from secondary education. The theme of this edition is 'Diversity & polyphony in media'. Together with colleagues from Ghent University, the University of Leuven and the Free University of Brussels he organizes the annual inter-university doctoral schools course 'What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia?', providing a forum in which PhD students can reflect on the university of today and tomorrow.
Finally, together with colleagues from the Université Libre de Bruxelles he is organizing the 12th edition of the OurMedia/NuestrosMedios Conference, which will be taking place between 27 and 30 november.
For more info, please visit his personal webpage here.