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Communication Studies

Research group

Communication Studies research group views communication as a human activity that enables interaction, keeps communities together, and creates a common understanding.

We understand communication both as an organized and planned activity, such as how a company communicates with their stakeholders online and as spontaneous activity typical of human beings, such as online comments on news or interaction at workplaces.

We are interested in topical issues and current affairs and approach them from the points of view of knowledge, communication, and media. Changes in technology, environment and culture form a relevant context for our research.

The mission of Communication Studies is to provide reasoned views and solutions to social, cultural and economic issues from the perspective of Communication. The values ​​that guide our research are curiosity, independence, responsibility and critical thinking.

 

 

 

The research group focuses on organizational communication, digital media and technical communication in combination with each other. An important part of the research group are doctoral students who study in the Doctoral programme of Social Sciences.

We are constantly looking for talented and motivated people interested in the research of communication, both as doctoral students and for various project assignments. On these pages, you will find information about the activities of our group, and you can also contact us directly.

The contact persons of the Communication Studies research group are Professors Merja Koskela and Tanja Sihvonen.

Research projects

Project Duration Actors
Short videos as news sources for young people (Lyhytvideot nuorten uutislähteenä) - Marketing and Communication, Communication studies
Citizens as agents of change in decarbonizing suburban and rural housing (DECARBON-HOME) - Marketing and Communication, Marketing and Consumption Research, Communication studies
DISRUPTING THE MEDIA SCENE. Adopting emerging technologies as a vehicle for transforming the audience relationship and business models in journalistic media - InnoLab, Communication studies, Digital Economy, Marketing and Communication
Banks saving-related communication in the social media - Communication studies
RegeRa - Communication studies, Marketing and Communication
Conceptualizing Blockchains - Communication studies
Talking Machines – Electronic voice and the interpretation of emotions and self-understanding in human–machine communication 1960–2020 - Communication studies

Research group members

Full professors

Kuva
Merja Koskela

Merja Koskela

Professor
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498353
Toimisto
Fabriikki F237
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Kuva
Tanja Sihvonen

Tanja Sihvonen

Professor
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
Puhelin
+358294498269
Toimisto
Fabriikki F232
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Other researchers, doctoral students and emeritus professors

Kuva
Maria Eronen-Valli

Maria Eronen-Valli

University Teacher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
Puhelin
+358294498624
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Kuva
Heidi Hirsto

Heidi Hirsto

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498260
Toimisto
Fabriikki F230
Open profile page
Kuva
Cecilia Hjerppe

Cecilia Hjerppe

Doctoral Researcher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Toimisto
Fabriikki F228
Open profile page
Kuva
Suvi Isohella

Suvi Isohella

University Teacher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498366
Toimisto
Fabriikki F239
Open profile page
Kuva
Mona Khattab

Mona Khattab

Yliopisto-opettaja, english
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498316
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Kuva
Liisa Kääntä

Liisa Kääntä

Researcher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
Puhelin
+358294498375
Toimisto
Fabriikki F240
Open profile page
Kuva
Sebastian Laitila

Sebastian Laitila

University Teacher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498580
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Kuva
Ella Lillqvist

Ella Lillqvist

Assistant Professor
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498655
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Kuva
Hanna Limatius

Hanna Limatius

Assistant Professor
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498605
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Kuva
Mikael Mäenpää

Mikael Mäenpää

Project Researcher
School of Technology and Innovations, SC-Research
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498441
Toimisto
Fabriikki F229
Open profile page
Kuva
Niina Nissilä

Niina Nissilä

University Lecturer
Levón Institute, Open University
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498394
Toimisto
Fabriikki F231
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Kuva
Anita Nuopponen

Anita Nuopponen

Professor Emerita
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
Toimisto
Fabriikki F234
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Kuva
Rebekah Rousi

Rebekah Rousi

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498627
Toimisto
Fabriikki F236
Open profile page
Kuva
Virpi Salojärvi

Virpi Salojärvi

Assistant Professor
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498405
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Kuva
Alesja Serada

Alesja Serada

Grant-Funded Researcher
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Toimisto
Fabriikki F238
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Kuva
Teija Waaramaa

Teija Waaramaa

University Lecturer
University of Vaasa
firstname.lastname@uwasa.fi
Puhelin
+358294498327
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Kuva
Meniina Wik

Meniina Wik

Doctoral Student
School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies
Toimisto
Fabriikki F228
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