Toni G. L. A. van der Meer (PhD, 2016) is Associate Professor of Communication Science and part of the Corporate Communication progam group at the University of Amsterdam.
My research line can broadly be defined as “disruptive communication.” Under this umbrella term, I study different key challenges in our contemporary mediated society. For example, my research interests includes: (1) communication in times of crisis (e.g., corporate communication during crisis or communication patterns during crisis situations like the COVID-19 pandemic), (2) biases in news coverage and selection (e.g., NWO-funded Veni grant about negativity bias in news coverage), (3) the effects and spread of mis- and disinformation, (4) mediatization and politicization of corporations (.e.g., corporations increased engagement with socio-political issues), and (5) stimulating (digital) news literacy (e.g., motivating healthier and less biased news selection).
My work appeared in over 50+ publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals, primarily in communication science journals but also in more interdisciplinary journals. I presented my studies in over 20 different international conferences (e.g., the International Communication Association (ICA) and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)). I serve as an editorial board member for two international journals (Communication Research and Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research).
I teach courses like “The Crisis of Trust” and “Organizations, Media, and Society.” Furthermore, I serve as a board member of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR).