Two Doctoral Research Fellowships

Two Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) are available at the Department of Media and Communication(IMK), University of Oslo (UiO).

Description of subject area

IMK is an interdisciplinary department, approaching media and communication from social scientific, humanistic and technological perspectives. In line with the department’s new strategy for 2030, it will be prioritized to follow-up UiO’s bold efforts to develop more competence and knowledge about conservation and development of democracy, climate and the environment. The doctoral project must be innovative and relevant to the current research that takes place at IMK. The successful candidate will take part in research groups within relevant areas at the department, and applicants must enclose a project description with topics or research questions within one or more of the research areas outlined below:

  • Children, adolescents and digital media
    • Research on children’s and adolescents’ digital lives, how they use digital media, digital skills, adolescents as natives of a global media culture (global natives), digital parenting, children and adolescents’ safety and rights online, political socialization and children’s democratic rights, and regulations on children’s digital life.
  • Media aesthetics
    • Media aesthetics follows a humanistic tradition that emphasizes technologically mediated communication, sensory and experiential aspects of media expressions in a cultural and social perspective. This includes research on the form and content of media texts, perception, media history, and media development and innovation.
  • Political communication
    • Research on political communication between different actors, in different public spheres, and political influence through strategic communication. This includes research on lobbying, political rhetoric, election campaigns, opinion processes and influences, algorithms and artificial intelligence, fake news, media policy, journalism in digital media, freedom of expression, media, power and democracy.
  • Screen cultures
    • Screen cultures is a research and educational initiative that studies how screen media shape people´s experience and understanding of themselves and the world. This includes research on development, use and experience of new and established screen media, such as film, television and new digital platforms. Ambivalence, resistance and attempts at withdrawal or digital detox are relevant perspectives.
  • Method and analysis of digital media
    • Innovative/creative methods for research on communication, utterances and changed usage patterns in digital media. Including an increased focus on data collection on digital/social media and analysis of big data.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.