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. Recently, this also includes attention for the role and performance of popular culture, and particularly late-night political satire television and long form television drama.
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.
In tandem with several civil society organisations, he organises the Tegenlicht Meet Ups UAntwerpen since 2018, in which students can discuss public affairs with experts, lecturers and other interested people. He is a driving force behind the slow science platform and network in which academics reflect on academia and society, and on the university of the future. 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. In 2019 he was responsible for the Class of the Century on 'Diversity & polyphony in media', in which inspiring figures and experts are invited to analyze societal challenges and opportunities together with pupils from secondary education. Finally, together with David Domingo from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, he organized the 12th edition of the OurMedia/NuestrosMedios Conference (27-30/11 2019), where media scholars and media activists met to discuss their research and experiences.
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