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Research programme

Amsterdam School of Communication Research / ASCoR

Life in contemporary Western societies heavily depends on media and communication technologies. How we work and how we spend our spare time; what we do as citizens and as consumers; how we relate to others and to ourselves – all of this is now heavily pervaded by new media and communication technologies.

The pervasiveness of our current media and communication technologies presents many exciting challenges for communication researchers: Older notions of media and communication need to be reassessed critically; the new media and communication environment needs to be charted; and the consequences of the rapid changes in media and communication need to be studied thoroughly, both for individuals, groups, and societies. These and other important challenges form the context for the fundamental scientific questions and issues that lie at the core of ASCoR’s research programme 2016-2020.

ASCoR research programme 2016-2020


Research at ASCoR is organised in four Programme Groups, outlined here:

Corporate Communication

Persuasive Communication

Political Communication & Journalism

Youth & Media Entertainment

Excellent results from the Research Assessment 2014

In 2014, ASCoR was assessed by an external international committee. The results can be found in the report 'Assessment of Research Quality of Communication Science in the Netherlands 2008 - 2013'.

Please click below for the complete report.

Full Report 2014, Assessment