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Global Communication Governance Lab

The GCGL supports academic research on key questions related to the structure and governance of communication industries and aims to provide a platform for developing and sharing knowledge and expertise. It provides learning opportunities and physical space for certain dynamic Ryerson students to contribute to professional scholarly research.


Global Communication Governance Lab - Focus on one person talking in a group with a laptop and notes in front of them

Communication policy

Digital technologies

Globalization and communication

Creative work

Social media advertising

Internet governance

Communication rights and the right to communicate

Regulation and political economy of Canadian media and creative industries

Earned Media Influence: Understanding the Affect Economy of Bloggers’ Relations with the New Advertising Industry (Funded by the Canadian Media Research Consortium, 2014-2016): Examines the economy, work and impact of professional social media influence.

The Interactor Commodity: Social Media, User Generated Content, Audiences and Advertising (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014): Examines the relationships between internet users, social media platforms and the advertising industry.

Networks of Exclusion: The Mediation of Cultural Diversity in Ontario's Screen Media Production Industry (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014, Charles Davis is Principal Investigator): Asks who gets to tell which stories in the Candian media and why?

How Effective is Targeted Internet Strategic Communication? Developing a Method for Auditing User Engagement with Social Media Advertising Using Eye-Tracking Technology (Funded by Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design, 2014-2015) Examines the extent to which individual social media users interact with commercial messages.


Director of the Global Communication Governance Lab

Jeremy Shtern - Director of the Global Communication Governance Lab

Jeremy Shtern

Jeremy Shtern is associate professor and a founding faculty member in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Dr. Shtern’s research and teaching focuses on transformations in the structure and governance of communication industries and creative work as they reorganize around globalization and digital technologies.

Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada, external link and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society, external link. He is also author or co-author on a dozen journal articles and book chapters and has made more than 30 paper presentations at scholarly conferences. Dr. Shtern's list of invited guest lectures includes visits to the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, external link and a Keynote at a 2014 International Conference hosted by the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, external link at JMI in New Delhi, India.  Professor Shtern is an innovative and entrepreneurial researcher whose research adds value to Ryerson and provides opportunities for its students. Since completing his SSHRC, external link and FRQSC, external link funded PhD and post-docs, Dr. Shtern’s research program has been supported with more than $250 000 in external research funding.

Dr. Shtern founded and directs the Global Communication Governance Research Lab at Ryerson and is also the founding editor of Canadian Journal of Communication’s Policy Portal; a project that aims to innovate the academic publishing model and increase the impact of Canadian communications research by providing a venue for publishing peer-reviewed, quickly published writing on Canadian communication policy issues.  Jeremy has served as the co-chair of the communication policy task force of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since 2011 and just completed a term on the executive board of the Canadian Communication Association, external link (CCA) in the summer of 2015. Dr. Shtern has served on review juries for SSHRC, FRQSC, the Open Society Foundation and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and has peer-reviewed for leading journals and publishers. He teaches undergraduate courses in the Ryerson School of Creative Industries and regularly teaches and supervises in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture