“More and Better” Research? Critical Communication Studies and the Problem of Policy Relevance

Authors

  • Bram Dov Abramson McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Jeremy Shtern University of Montreal
  • Gregory Taylor McGill University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2008v33n2a1977

Keywords:

Policy, Regulation/CRTC, Methodology, Telecommunications Policy

Abstract

Abstract: This article is a programmatic and reflexive report on a conferenceworkshop entitled Converging in Parallel: Linking Communications Research and Policy in Emerging Canadian Scholarship, held at McGill University November 9-10, 2006, and what we believe it suggests about improving the policy relevance of critical research in the field of communication studies in Canada. After canvassing three broad areas of communication policy research activity—methodology, linkages, and research topics—the report suggests several steps to address challenges identified in these areas.

Résumé : Cet article est un rapport programmatique et réflexif sur un colloque intitulé Converging in Parallel: Linking Communications Research and Policy in Emerging Canadian Scholarship, tenu à l’Université McGill les 9 et 10 novembre 2006. L’article évalue ce que, à notre avis, ce colloque a à proposer pour rendre les recherches critiques en communication au Canada plus pertinentes pour la formulation de politiques. L’article, après avoir passé en revue trois champs de recherche sur les politiques communicationnelles (la méthodologie, les connections possibles et les sujets de recherche), présente plusieurs manières de surmonter les défis identifiés dans ces domaines.

Author Biographies

Bram Dov Abramson, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Bram Dov Abramson is a student candidate in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lawyer Licensing Process. McCarthy Tétrault, Suite 4700, TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON, M5K 1E6.

Jeremy Shtern, University of Montreal

Jeremy Shtern is ABD doctoral candidate in the Département de communication, Université de Montréal, and researcher at Media@McGill. McGill University, Ferrier Building, 2nd Floor, 840 avenue Docteur-Penfield, Montreal, QC, H3A 1A4.

Gregory Taylor, McGill University

Gregory Taylor is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University. McGill University, Ferrier Building, 2nd Floor, 840 avenue Docteur-Penfield, Montreal, QC, H3A 1A4.

Published

2008-06-01