Research News

  • September 06, 2019

    Project eyes sector's freedom of expression policies

    An unprecedented look at freedom of expression policies on Ontario postsecondary campuses will offer new insights into how governments, universities and administrators understand their roles in protecting those foundational freedoms.

  • July 11, 2019

    Recent book publications from FIMS faculty members

    "Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism" is a new book published by FIMS Professors Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen and Media Studies PhD candidate James Steinhoff, via Pluto Press.


  • June 25, 2019

    "Smoke Signals" Radio Archives Project gets underway

    The "Smoke Signals" Radio Archives Project, currently funded through a FIMS Fellowship Program, is an ongoing collaboration between Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, and students and faculty members from Western.


  • June 19, 2019

    FIMS Professor Nadine Wathen awarded a new Canada Research Chair

    Nadine Wathen was among nine newly named Western Canada Research Chairs announced, receiving a Tier 1 CRC in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence. The CRC program invests millions each year to attract and retain accomplished researchers.


  • April 09, 2019

    LIS researcher adds new voice to STEM-dominated institute

    Michael Ridley is used to being an outlier. The doctoral student embarked on his PhD in Library & Information Science after he'd retired as a professional librarian and moved on from his role as the Chief Librarian and Chief Information Officer for the University of Guelph.


  • April 03, 2019

    Interdisciplinary connections forged at Research Day

    Graduate students and professors from the faculties of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), Music, and Law at Western discovered interdisciplinary connections at a research day held March 22 at Western Law.

  • March 12, 2019

    Recent book publications from FIMS faculty members

    Check out two recent publications from FIMS faculty, including Cyberwar and Revolution, (Nick Dyer-Witheford and Svitlana Matviyenko), and Political Economy in the Modern State (Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor).


  • July 16, 2019

    Research duo recognized with multiple awards at AEJMC conference

    A paper authored by Professors Romayne Smith Fullerton (University of Western Ontario), and Maggie Patterson (Duquesne University), has been awarded the second annual AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance.


  • January 30, 2019

    Brazilian student finds new friends and family in Canada

    January 30 2019: For most Canadians, the martial art Jiu-Jitsu probably conjures up images of hand-to-hand combat, intense competition, or maybe the epic fight scenes portrayed in popular media.


  • December 20, 2018

    Cup of kindness from clinicians an elixir for better patient health

    From the London Free Press - December 19: In a stressed health-care system with short appointments and time-crunched doctors and nurses, kindness and inclusivity by clinicians might be the best medicine, London Researchers say.

  • November 12, 2018

    Mapping memories nets team Humanitarian award

    Amanda Grzyb and her colleagues don't see their efforts in El Salvador as fitting the traditional definition of humanitarian work. What the team is doing instead, she said, is showing a commitment to working in solidarity with the country's civil war survivors on a project founded on principles of collaboration and anti-colonial methodologies.

  • September 11, 2018

    Catherine Ross named to the Royal Society of Canada

    Catherine Ross, former Dean of FIMS (2002-2007), has been named as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. A renowned scholar in the reading experience and the reference interview, as well as the transitional Dean who largely oversaw the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) through the early years of its creation, Ross is being recognized by the Society for major contributions to her field of study and to Canadian public life.


  • August 31, 2018

    London researchers want to recover El Salvador's forgotten past

    August 29, 2018: Professor Amanda Grzyb recently spoke with CBC News about her ongoing research project titled, "Surviving Memory in Postwar El Salvador." Together with collaborators, Grzyb is working to restore memories from the Salvadoran civil war, which lasted from 1979 to 1992.

  • August 01, 2018

    Labour laws historically out of tune with musicians

    In 2010, pop musician Kesha began an ultimately failed three-year legal fight with her two producers, Lukasz Gottwald and David Sonenberg, over exclusive rights to her singing services and song catalogue.

  • July 31, 2018

    What tell-all crime reporting says about us

    Romayne Smith Fullerton is the co-author of "Naming Names: A Comparison of Crime Coverage Rituals in North America and Europe," forthcoming with Oxford University Press, which looks at how journalists make ethical decisions related to crime coverage in North America and Europe.

  • June 27, 2018

    Work lends 'voice' to dementia patient wishes

    FIMS professor Grant Campbell combines his background in library and information science to understand how to create state-of-the-art information systems to predict and adapt to the needs of people with dementia.

  • April 19, 2018

    'Old friends': Reading reflects key chapters in seniors' lives

    FIMS professor Paulette Rothbauer is one of the first researchers in Canada to explore and document - through conversational interviews with Canadian seniors between the ages of 75-90 - the value and meaning they place on reading.

  • March 02, 2018

    Strategies that Sell: Revealing Deceptive and Misleading Practices in Digital Media

    In this team-talk FIMS LiT.RL, lab researchers will discuss manipulative components of digital news, from seemingly harmless to potentially misleading and intentionally deceptive.


  • November 03, 2017

    Edward Comor presents "Harold Innis on Canada"

    Professor Edward Comor's complete lecture, titled "Harold Innis on Canada," is now available online. The presentation took place on October 19 and is part of Western's Canada 150 Presentation Series.


  • October 25, 2017

    Wi-fi, the internet of things, and your personal information

    Do you know what happens to the data collected by your smart devices? Sam Trosow recently spoke to Radio Canada International about the increasing encroachment on personal privacy, and whether our laws are up to the task of protecting consumers.

  • November 07, 2017

    MPI student travels to Dublin for UA Summit 2017

    It's a bonus for students when an assignment aligns with a topic they're already interested in. It's even better still when the student submits the work to a competition and gains international academic recognition for their effort.


  • September 12, 2017

    Sharon Sliwinski named to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

    Professor Sharon Sliwinski has been named to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists for 2017. RSC announced the names of those included in a press release on September 12, 2017.


  • July 18, 2017

    Recent book publications from FIMS faculty members

    Professor Sharon Sliwinski recently had two new books published. She authored the book "Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought" and co-edited "Photography and the Optical Unconscious".


  • July 04, 2017

    A new outlook: Jayme Bridge, BA'17 (Hons, MIT)

    Jayme Bridge, MIT graduate, discusses her experience traveling to Kenya with the Global MINDS Summer Institute Program. Participants worked on mental health projects in support of low-resource or marginalized populations.

  • March 13, 2017

    Improved access to health information needed in rural communities

    Western News / February 16: Health Information Sciences PhD student Brad Hiebert is looking into how rural male farmers are accessing health-care services and how to improve access for general health information.

  • March 12, 2017

    Jacquie Burkell: Remembering the need to forget

    According to Jacquelyn Burkell, Assistant Dean and professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, the biographical archive we create online hinders our ability to forget the past and as a result, we lose the ability to construct our own stories and sense of self.

  • March 13, 2017

    Separating fact from fiction using a 'fake news' algorithm

    Victoria Rubin, a professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, has been working on deception detection since 2010, more recently focusing on developing an algorithm to detect fake news.

  • February 02, 2017

    Research focuses on how a 'hybrid identity' built the perfect Drake

    (From Western News, January 25): When Drake first broke onto the music scene, he climbed the charts. Fast. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in 2010 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

  • February 08, 2017

    FIMS Graduate Library receives intellectual freedom award

    The FIMS Graduate Library has been awarded the Ontario Library Association's Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award, recognizing them for their work in protecting digital privacy rights and educating students in digital privacy issues, academic freedom, and anti-surveillance technology.


  • February 03, 2017

    Recent book publications from FIMS faculty members

    FIMS faculty members have authored and edited a number of books over the last year, with works including an in-depth exploration of social media research methods, an examination of major crime coverage in Canada, a close look at the genuine experience of reading, and a collection of published essays.


  • December 08, 2016

    Team looks to rescue, reunite refugees with their history

    FIMS professor Amanda Gryzb is working with Molly Todd from Montana State University on a memory project looking to unearth the stories and experiences of Salvadoran civil war refugees while helping the community reclaim its experience and collective history (from Western News, November 30, 2016)

  • September 14, 2016

    Panel: "Freedom of Expression and the Right to Communicate"

    Professor Sam Trosow will serve as a panelist, along with Amy MacPherson, an independent Canadian investigative journalist, for this Inter American Press Association event on Tuesday, September 20th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Middlesex College, room 15. Commentary and response to follow the panel.


  • August 14, 2016

    Writers who write together, write more

    By Dan Brown, London Free Press, published August 14, 2016: A solitary activity, writing often attracts loners. That makes it all the more surprising that a group of students and professors at Western University get together every week to write in a group setting.

  • September 12, 2016

    FIMS professors among SSHRC Grant recipients

    Professor Grant Campbell, Professor Amanda Grzyb, and Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton were among the Canadian researchers named as recipients of 2016 SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Grants in a government press release issued on September 9, 2016.


  • June 21, 2016

    Nick Dyer-Witheford receives Gertrude J. Robinson book prize from CCA

    Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford has been awarded the Gertrude J. Robinson book prize for his monograph titled, "Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex." Professor Dyer-Witheford accepted the award at the Canadian Communication Association's Annual Meeting on May 30 in Calgary.


  • June 20, 2016

    Revisiting social injustices through a historical lens

    The events that Kate Johnson's research focuses on may have taken place over a half-century ago, but they're still just as relevant today. The Library & Information Science professor finds similarities between the RCMP's anti-communist campaign to purge homosexuals from the civil service in the 1950s and today's widespread culture of Islamophobia.


  • April 21, 2016

    Edward Comor named 2016 Faculty Scholar

    Professor Edward Comor has been awarded the title of Faculty Scholar. The award recognizes the achievements and all around contribution of faculty members in teaching and/or research. Faculty Scholars retain the designation for a two-year period. Comor will hold the distinction from 2016 - 2018.


  • March 28, 2016

    Children embrace 'bookness' across all formats

    In a technology literate age, children don't see a difference between e-books and their printed, dog-eared counterparts, with both occupying children's literal and virtual libraries, a new study suggests.

  • March 23, 2016

    Sarah Roberts appears as guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

    Professor Sarah T. Roberts was a guest on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Tuesday, March 22. Professor Roberts was discussing the invisible moderation of your social media feeds (video).


  • February 13, 2016

    Detecting deception in online information and news

    When Associate Professor Victoria Rubin joined FIMS in 2006, she received funding from the faculty to study the credibility of blogs, assessing how online writers express biases and opinions.


  • February 12, 2016

    Discovering the importance of dreams in psychological and political well-being

    FIMS Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinski stumbled across one of Nelson Mandela's dreams by accident. She bought his autobiography - back on shelves just after his death - while stuck at an airport and read it on a long flight.


  • December 04, 2015

    Nadine Wathen to be inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada

    On September 22, the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists announced that Professor Nadine Wathen will be inducted into their ranks.


  • December 03, 2015

    Recent FIMS dissertation & thesis defenses


  • July 22, 2015

    Doctoral student heads back to Norway after successful visit

    Jamie Johnston, a doctoral student visiting FIMS this summer from the Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, Akershus University in Oslo, Norway, is wrapping up her stay this week. She took some time to talk about her trip and what she plans to do next.


  • June 17, 2015

    First open defence conducted in FIMS

    Elise Thorburn, Media Studies PhD candidate, is the first student in FIMS to take on the challenge of an open dissertation defence


  • June 17, 2015

    Thesis and Dissertation Defenses - January - June 2015


  • May 28, 2015

    New Western University study shows 88 per cent of Facebook users 'creep' ex-partners

    Read about the latest research from Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase and Veronika Lukacs looking at 'creeping' on Facebook.


  • March 26, 2015

    Western researchers take lead on violence prevention

    Read this Western News article detailing the recent announcement of government funds which will allow Nadine Wathen's PreVAiL to continue its work into preventing domestic abuse.


  • February 23, 2015

    Nadine Wathen's PreVAiL awarded new funding

    Professor Nadine Wathen's PreVAiL Research Network has been awarded significant new funding by the Canadian government to continue work into addressing family violence.


  • December 04, 2014

    Researching photojournalism in Afghanistan

    In September and October, PhD candidate Saumava Mitra traveled to Kabul to conduct research, taking on a trip both risky and rewarding


  • November 26, 2014

    Results of national survey on impact of domestic violence in workplace unveiled

    Professor Nadine Wathen, postdoc Jen MacGregor, and their research network worked with the Canadian Labour Congress in 2014 to conduct a survey on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. The results of that project are now being released.


  • April 28, 2014

    PhD student turns the page on music legacy

    Media Studies PhD student Jason Netherton is featured in this Western News story from April 24.


  • March 20, 2014

    Professor uncovers the Internet's hidden labour force

    Standing between you and the online world is a faceless group of people who either protect or prevent, depending on your perspective, certain content from seeing the light of day.


  • February 04, 2014

    Jacquie Burkell appears on CBC's The Current

    Professor Burkell discussed online privacy issues with Anna Maria Tremonti for a segment on February 3, 2014.


  • February 03, 2014

    'It was 50 years ago today': Sullivan, Beatles strike early chords of rock mythology

    Associate Professor Norma Coates published this editorial in Western News on January 30, 2014.


  • July 24, 2013

    Field Experience in Zambia: Challenges

    Read some reflections from Daniel Mumba, LIS PhD student, who is currently conducting field research in Zambia.


  • August 31, 2012

    Findings from the Ontario Shelter Research Project released

    FIMS researchers Nadine Wathen and Roma Harris are involved with the study, and participated in a press conference on August 30.


  • August 15, 2012

    FIMS Prof releases new research report on Access Copyright proposed tariff and licenses

    The research report, entitled "Objections to the Proposed Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper," was released on August 14, 2012.


  • July 13, 2012

    Study suggests communities have no real say in school closures

    Assistant Professor Bill Irwin is featured in this article on thewhig.com, from Tuesday, July 10.


  • March 21, 2012

    Belieb it or not, profs study heartthrob's tweet success

    Diane Neal and Nadine Desrochers are interviewed by a London Free Press reporter as part of the Research Day activities that took place on Monday, March 19, 2012.


  • May 26, 2011

    Internet anonymity reduces mental health stigma

    Diane Neal, Faculty of Information and Media Studies assistant professor, is involved in an ongoing research study to examine how university students search for e-mental health information and resources.


  • May 02, 2011

    Digital Labour Group announces new publication

    FIMS' Digital Labour Group publishes special double-issue of the journal /ephemera/.



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