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Research Centres & Networks

Staff in the School of Communications are also actively involved in a number of research centres and professional networks, including:

    FuJo: The Institute for Future Media and Journalism

    FuJo is an innovative and experimental space for journalism and media research. It provides a platform where journalists, communication scholars, social and data scientists, software engineers and philosophers can come together. We will test thinking, create new formats, bounce new ideas and technologies and research best practice.

    The Institute brings the experience and reach of DCU’s top rated School of Communications and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences together with researchers from the the DCU arms of the SFI research centres, the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the ADAPT Centre for Content Creation, along with the Institute of Ethics and the Centre for Cloud Computing. For more on FuJo visit the dedicated FuJo site

    Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe (JRP)

    Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe (JRP) is a comparative research project which addresses this disconnection between ideals and practice in journalism, analyzing how different dimensions of professional roles materialize in the news product.
    Paschal Preston and Eugenia Siapera, both of DCU School of Communication, are co-ordinators of the Irish leg of the Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe (JRP) project.

    The main objective of the project is to compare journalistic role performance cross-nationally, understanding the influence that different media systems have on the practice of journalism, as well as the gap between role conceptions and professional practice. Specifically, this study connects the characteristics of different professional role conceptions that have been theoretically and empirically operationalized and validated in comparative contexts (that is journalists understanding of what role they should play in society), with the study of news production (the visibility of such a role in news content).

    Both data and results will be made comprehensively available on this website, becoming an interesting resource for scholars, policymakers, journalists, as well as international institutions. Funding is provided by the respective national research councils, universities and/or local organizations of the participating countries. For more SEE :


    CELSIUS – Cultural, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Science.
    Celsius is a DCU research cluster studying Cultural, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Science. It is an interdisciplinary group bringing together researchers from a range of academic and professional backgrounds who analyse from various perspectives issues and implications of current developments in science, technology, environment and medicine.


    EROSS - Expressions Research Orientations: Sexuality Studies is a DCU-based research group aimed at investigating in an open fashion the varied processes and variations in sexual cultures, sexual identities and gender role formation. In so doing, we wish to elaborate on the many debates informing the artistic, cultural, economical, ethical, historical, and social foundations of sexuality, at personal and societal levels. EROSS, a cross-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary research cluster, welcomes academics, researchers and professionals whose aims are to enhance sexual literacy, generate well being and advocate social justice.

    The Anti Bullying Centre

    ABC – the Anti Bullying Centre. As well as research on bullying the centre also provided resources and support to those who wish to address bullying in schools and the workplace.Since it was founded the Centre has led the field of research in school and workplace bullying in Ireland and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in bullying research. In 2013, the research element of the Anti Bullying Centre moved to the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University and ABC-Research is now jointly led by Professor O’Moore and Dr. James O’Higgins Norman.

    Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland

    Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland - The NPHFI exists to facilitate contact between researchers and writers in the field of newspaper, periodical, journalism and printing history, and to strengthen institutional links between third level teaching and research institutions, libraries and other organizations concerned with media history.

    The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) [2013 - 2015]

    The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) [2013 - 2015] Paschal Preston is a member of the international Scientific Advisory Committee of the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) which undertakes its next round of comparative studies in 2013-2015. The WJS is an academically-driven project founded to regularly assess the state of journalism throughout many countries of the world. The Study’s primary objective is to help journalism researchers and policy makers better understand worldviews and changes that are taking place in the professional orientations of journalists, the conditions and limitations under which they operate, as well as the social functions of journalism in a changing world. The WJS project “aspires to the highest standards of scientific collaboration, democratic participation and collective publishing”. The next round of WJS comparative studies will cover 70 countries with the planning and conduct of the research taking place over the 2011-2014 period. DCU team members ( Paschal Preston, Kevin Rafter) are working to fund, conduct and manage an Irish input to the latest round of the WJS study, 2012-2014. For more info on WJS see

    Irish Newspapers Digital Archive Project

    DCU Media History Archive