Project Team and Approach
The CMCR project is led by Dwayne Winseck, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross appointment at the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. MA and Ph.D. students in the School of Journalism and Communication also play a vital role gathering, analyzing and presenting the data, creating a Canadian Media Industries Database, maintaining the website, and presenting evidence and analyses in a range of published forms. Students applying to the MA or Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply for research assistant positions with the CMCR project.
Current CMRC project team members are listed below:
Dr. Dwayne Winseck – Carleton University – Director
Dwayne Winseck is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross appointment at the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. His co-authored book with Robert Pike Communication and Empire: Media, Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930 won the Canadian Communication Association’s book-of-the-year prize in 2008. He is co-editor, with Dal Yong Jin, of Political Economies of the Media (2011) and several other edited and sole-authored books. He has been the lead Canadian researcher in the International Media Concentration Research Project since 2009. His data and views on media concentration and telecom, media and internet issues are well known and have been solicited or cited widely in the scholarly literature and by the Parliament of Canada, Canadian Senate, Department of Canadian Heritage, the CRTC, WTO, ITU, amongst others. He writes for the Globe and Mail and maintains a well-regarded blog, Mediamorphis. His keynote paper to the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s conference, The Future with High-Speed Broadband, was cited heavily in the Commission’s final report on broadband internet services in May 2012.
Caitlin Turner – Carleton University – Project Coordinator
Caitlin Turner is a PhD student at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University. She also holds an MSc in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary. In addition to being a PhD student, Caitlin works as a contributing writer and member of the Editorial Board at Unrest Magazine and is an Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Peace Studies. Through her work with TechChange: the Institute for Technology and Social Change (Washington, DC), Caitlin has been able to collaborate with institutions such as UNOCHA, IJET and WarChildUK. Her current research interests include, feminist resistance, the impact of ICTs on conflict emergence and escalation, the relationship between mobile ICT use and narrative construction in conflict and post-conflict settings, as well the role of technology in social change processes.
Lianrui Jia – Carleton University – Research Assistant
Lianrui Jia is a first year MA Student in the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University. She holds an Honours degree in Communication Studies from Carleton University. Having grown up in China, her experience has inspired her graduate research. Her research focuses on the political economy and historical development of Chinese media, especially the Chinese Internet.
Periodic and Past Research Contributors
David Ellis is an educator, blogger, public policy consultant and broadband evangelist. Over the past 35 years, he has written many publications and research studies on broadcasting, telecommunications, cultural policy, the Internet and information technology. These include the first Canadian book on the roots of the Information Highway and the first oral history of computer networking in Canada. David received his post-secondary training at Carleton University, the University of Sussex and the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), where he earned a doctorate for his dissertation on translation theory. Since 2005, David has taught several courses on broadcasting, telecommunications and Internet technologies in York University’s Department of Communication Studies. He spends an inordinate amount of time posting to his blog, Life on the Broadband Internet, which examines the intersection of technology and policy, and their role in transforming online culture. David is very pleased to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the important work undertaken by the Media Concentration Research Project.
Ben Klass is a candidate for a Masters Degree at the University of Manitoba, where he is currently completing a thesis project on the political economy of Canadian telecommunications. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (2006). When he’s not reading and writing about telecom, he can be found cross country skiing around the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Eastern Manitoba with a pair of large, unruly dogs.
Daniel Kosir holds an MA in Communications from Carleton University and an Honours degree in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) from the University of Western Ontario. Stemming from his time as a theatrical releasing intern at Mongrel Media – a Canadian film distribution company – his research is focused on the political economy of the film industry in Canada. Specifically, he is interested in the distribution of audio-visual content and how media concentration, government policy at the federal and provincial levels, and the continued presence of large American-based studios in the Canadian market affect what is seen by Canadian audiences. More recently, his focus has shifted to the proliferation of “over-the-top” content distributors, such as Netflix and iTunes, and what effects they may have on the distribution sector. As a research associate for the CMCRP, he is responsible for the collection of data on film production, distribution and exhibition in Canada.
Adam Webb has an Honours degree in Communications from Carleton University. Since his graduation, he worked as Communications Officer for the British Council, and has blogged on telecom-related issues for OpenMedia.ca. In 2012, Adam will begin his Masters Degree at the Oxford Internet Institute where he will study the political economy of new media and investigate net-centric models of control.