Protest media ecologies

Protest media ecologies: communicative affordances for social change in the digital era


This research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant #430-2014-00181.

This project analyzed the protest media landscape, or mediascape, in Spain, Italy and Greece during the anti-austerity protests which started in 2011, using social movement documents, interviews with activists, and media usages to analyze communicative media flows that supported, emerged from, or represented protest movements.

We explored protest media affordances using a comparative research design to collect and analyze complex empirical data through grassroots interviews about media practices and achievements. Moving beyond the binary alternative/mainstream, we studied complex media flows among diverse media, considering how protest movements integrated digital technologies and organizational forms.

This program of research contributed a deeper understanding of the way media discourses about protest movements moved through digital media, and what kinds of affordances this presented for social movement groups and individuals to participate in civil society. 


Sandra Jeppesen
Principal investigator

Professor in Media, Film, and Communications (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada)

Alice Mattoni

Associate Professor in Political and Social Sciences (University of Bologna, Italy)

Emiliano Treré
Research Fellow

Senior Lecturer in Media Ecologies and Social Transformation, School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC – Cardiff University, UK)