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Communication for the Commons - A Comparative Study on Socio-Economic Innovation in Portugal and Catalonia

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Projeto de doutoramento “Communication for the Commons - A Comparative Study on Socio-Economic Innovation in Portugal and Catalonia”

Referência: SFRH/BD/136809/2018

Área científica: Ciências sociais > ciências da comunicação

Orientação: Mayo Fuster Morell; Co-orientadora: Cristina Parente (IS-UP); Membro do comité de supervisão: Alice Mattoni

Cronograma: setembro 2018-outubro 2021

Resumo: The present research project is concerned with the role of communication in advancing socio-economic innovation and aims at providing knowledge on strategies to build resilient infrastructure for the commons – hereby broadly understood as the community’s governance of shared resources.  Starting from the hypothesis that the contemporary commons have not yet reached significant resonance in Portugal when compared to similar geopolitical contexts, the research will analyze how co-ops, associations, networks and informal collectives are using communication to promote and support the emerging models of work and consumption. Anchored in a comparative analysis between Portugal and Catalonia (a prolific region in terms of alternative economic practices), the research follows a multiphase mixed methods design combining literature review, a questionnaire survey, ethnographic fieldwork and a final participatory action-research phase in Porto, to develop a communication platform and strategy for a commons-oriented network, which can serve as a model for other urban contexts.

Instituição proponente: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Instituições de acolhimento: Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia (IN3/UOC) e Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto (IS-UP)
Instituição parceira: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (FLUP)
Entidade de Financiamento
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
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