A Vibrant Research Culture

Carleton’s Communication and Media Studies program is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and collegial intellectual community with research at its heart. Many faculty members and graduate students hold grants and scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as other public and private funders.

Align Media Lab

The ALiGN (ALternative Global Network) Media Lab is a research and public engagement lab hosted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. It was founded in 2016 by Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society and a faculty member of Communication and Media Studies program. ALiGN Media Lab was established with the support from the Canada for Innovation Foundation (John R. Evans Leaders Fund) and the Ontario Research Fund.

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Bridging the Silos: Autistic Menopause Study

Bridging the Silos: Autistics and Menopause is a research partnership between autistic advocates and academics studying experiences of menopause by autistic people in Canada, the UK, and beyond. Bridging the Silos is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The project asks how autistic people experience menopause and how they can better access information, services, and supports that might help them.

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Global Media & Internet Concentration Project

The Global Media and Internet Concentration Project is co-directed by Professor Dwayne Winseck at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The project aims to develop a comprehensive, systematic and long-term analysis of the internet, media and telecom industries around the globe to better inform public and policy-related discussions about these issues.

CU Food and Media Hub

CU Food and Media Hub works to advance communication scholarship that uses food as an object of analysis and subject of knowledge mobilization. It acts as a communication hub for the nascent interdisciplinary cluster of food researchers at Carleton University, and facilitates collaborations with researchers at other institutions.

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The Place of Sound

The Place of Sound is a radio show/podcast produced by Dr. Vincent Andrisani in the School of Journalism and Communication. Airing on CKCU, the show explores the idea of ‘place’ through the ears of students, and is part of a broader research and pedagogy project on sonic geographies.

Populist Publics

Populist Publics: Memory, Populism, and Misinformation in the Canadian Social Mediascape explores how populist narratives enter and circulate in public discourse on social platforms. Over the course of this 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2025), Dr. Sandra Robinson and Dr. Jennifer Evans, will study how harmful speech about immigration, multiculturalism, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights are circulated by far-right groups to become normalized as legitimate discourse within the Canadian mediascape.



Re.Climate is a centre for climate communication and engagement that involves faculty and students in the SJC. It was co-founded by Chris Russill, an academic director at the centre, and partners with researchers, professionals, and practitioners across Canada to improve the theory and practice of climate communication.

It is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre and connected with both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Public Affairs

It was established in 2023 with support from McConnell and from Ivey Foundation.

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The Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Laboratory is a research group based in the School of Journalism and Communication and directed by Professor Benjamin Woo. Drawing on audience- and media industries-studies approaches, the lab explores the place of comic books and related media in contemporary culture.