Participants

Research team

We are ten researchers from the universities of Södertörn, Wrocław, Tampere, Kaunas and Helsinki. Click on our names to see more information about each of us from our home university.

Auksė Balčytienė is a Professor of Journalism at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas. Her scholarly interests lie in media and modernization theories, media’s responses to democratization, comparative journalism and communication cultures, political communication and the European public sphere.

Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska is a Professor and Chair at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wrocław. Her research interests focus on political communication, comparative media systems, transformation of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe, and journalism studies.

• Elena Johansson was a Researcher at the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University until 2017. She teaches at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and at Stockholm University. Her research focuses on political communication, professional journalistic cultures and social media.

Karl Magnus Johansson, Lead Coordinator, is a Professor of Political Science at the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University and a Part-Time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. His research interests include political institutions, executive leadership and communication. 

Milda Malling is a PhD candidate at the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University. Her PhD thesis project deals with political communication culture, mainly informal relations between journalists and their political sources.

Tom Moring is an Emeritus Professor of Communication and Journalism at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include political communication, media and election campaigns.

• Risto Niemikari is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere. His research interests include political philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation.

• Jacek Nożewski is a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wrocław. His doctoral thesis is devoted to “Social media users’ news activity” through which he investigates information flow in social media and how particular users, including professionals and ordinary users, get involved in news conveyance.

Gunnar Nygren is a Professor of Journalism at the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University. His primary research interests are local journalism, professional roles of journalists and changing journalistic practices.

Tapio Raunio is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Tampere. His research interests cover legislatures and political parties, the Europeanization of domestic politics, semi-presidentialism and the Finnish political system.