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Global Communication and Media Research


Alexis S. Tan

This book identifies and analyzes priorities, themes, projects and publications in the world’s leading communication research institutes, centers and doctoral programs. It also presents an assessment of the state and future of communication research by prominent international scholars in communication. Using these data sources, the book provides a comprehensive review of communication and media research outside the United States, a critical gap in the literature. It is a useful reference for U.S. and international communication scholars, and can be a textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in international communication, global communication and communication theories.

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Chapter 2. International Communication Research Centers, Institutes, and Graduate Programs


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This chapter is a resource guide to 83 international communication research centers, institutes, and graduate programs in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America (Canada), and Oceania. The guide presents detailed information on research priorities, research projects, publications, and ongoing international collaborative projects. It is organized by continent and country. This organization does not assume monolithic cultures based on geography. It is based on the probability that geographical proximity may influence similar research agendas based on shared societal problems. For a summary, a list of the research units, graduate programs, research priorities, and sponsored journals is in Appendix 2.

The research centers, institutes, and graduate programs included in this guide were located in universities identified as a “Best Global Universities in Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences” by U.S. News and World Report (2017). The research units in China were identified from rankings by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (2017). Web sites of the universities and communication research units provided the information for this guide and analysis.

Our web site analyses presented several challenges. While most sites were current (2016–2017), many had not been updated in years. Some sites ← 17 | 18 → were not accessible (requiring passwords); were not available for translation into English; had broken links; were extremely difficult to navigate; or gave little information. Therefore, the units included in this guide do...

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