Photo from research trip to Afghanistan of very old camera

Photo taken by PhD student Saumava Mitra on a research trip to Afghanistan in 2014, where he studied photojournalism in post-conflict societies

Faculty and student research at FIMS is characterized by the special attention given to information and communication technologies (ICTs), including their social, cultural, and political contexts. FIMS researchers approach this work from the perspective of the industries that produce information, news and entertainment; the cultures associated with them; and the technologies through which they are produced, distributed, and stored.


A particular hallmark of FIMS’ research is interdisciplinarity, facilitated by a non-departmentalized faculty.  Key areas of research include:

  • Political economy of media, information, and technology
  • Cultural industries and institutions
  • Communication, consumption, and culture
  • The social construction and use of media and information
  • Information and media policy
  • The organization and management of information
  • Computer-based systems and environments

Excellence in Research

The disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological breadth of research is demonstrated by our granting success at all three of the Canadian federal granting agencies in the past five years:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Faculty Profiles

Learn about individual faculty research interests by viewing their profiles .

Chairs & Fellowships

The FIMS research community is enriched by the presence of research chairs and visitors. Please see more information on the FIMS Asper Fellowship in Media , and the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism & New Information Technology.