Founded in 1990, COMTEC’s research
agenda is focused on : i) social, cultural and policy aspects of
new ICTs in the Irish and European contexts, ii) the changing features
and roles of communication and cultural industries, iii) geographical
and spatial dimensions of socio-cultural change.
Role in the
COMTEC will focus on the role and
consumption of Internet-based ‘new media’ and their relationship
to more ‘mature’ media and established processes of public
communication. COMTEC will develop WP4, The WWW and Public Communication
which will act as an intellectual and practical bridge between thematic
projects 1 and 2. COMTEC will also have responsibility, together
with WP2 and WP5, for the final deliverable on policy issues arising
from the overall project. These responsibilities are in line
with COMTEC’s past work on multimedia content applications and the interplay
between successive generations of communication technologies and
Recent and relevant research Top
Co-ordinator of multimedia ‘content’
studies in the Social Learning in Multimedia (SLIM) project, 1996-1998
(funded by the TSER sub-programme in the Fourth Framework Programme).
Consultancy to Irish government bodies
on Information Society and communication technology matters.
Industry funded research on a major
Information Age Town social experiment.
Current multi-country comparative
research includes: a) role of communication and transport technologies
and urban change; b) study of print and electronic media coverage
of contemporary European political and social developments.
Authorship of new book on Re-Shaping
Communications and co-editor of book on Democracy and Communication in
the New Europe.
Member of several relevant
European research and policy networks including: ENCIP, COST 248 (1995-1998),
COMTEC has well-developed links
with most other Centres involved in this proposal. Network and it has successfully
collaborated with many of them in prior research actions.
COMTEC provides postgraduate research
training facilities and the centre has recently received external funding
for five doctoral studentships in digital multimedia research areas.
COMTEC staff’s research training activity is complemented by participation
in taught Masters programmes in the areas of: i) Multimedia (Design and
Content); ii) Communication and Cultural Studies; iii) Film & Television
Studies provided by the DCU School of Communication.
1. Prof. Paschal Preston
2. Dr. Roderick Flynn
3. Dr. Katie Ward
4. Aphra Kerr (PhD researcher)
5. Prof. Farrel Corcoran