INFOCORE project has launched
The European Union has launched funding for international research and investigation on the role of media and PR in war and peace building. The European Union has launched € 2,5 Mio funding for a three year collaborative research project which investigates the role media play in war and other violent and hostile conflicts. The Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area the primary focus regions for detailed and complex case studies. Under the Seventh European Framework Program of the European Commission, a team of eleven internationally renowned European and Israeli scientists from nine research institutions in seven countries began work on the project “INFOCORE – (IN)Forming Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution: The Role of Media in Violent Conflict” in January 2014. To assess the roles of media for shaping lay publics’ and political actors’ conflict perceptions and responses to ongoing conflicts, the international consortium analyzes the dynamics of conflict news content over time and identifies recurrent patterns of information diffusion. CCMC is looking forward to participating in this project as an Associate Stakeholder.
“In doing so,” says project coordinator Prof. Dr. Romy Fröhlich from the LMU Munich, “INFOCORE specifically assesses the different roles and functions that individual agendas and resources, professional norms, media organizations and systems, political systems, and characteristics of the particular conflict situations play in the cycle of conflict and peace building. Specifically, we focus on interactions between professional journalists (various media), political actors (including military), experts/NGOs (intelligence, peacekeeping, conflict prevention/resolution, media assistance), and lay publics (individuals, groups, economic actors). And since INFOCORE aims to contributing to the EC’s efforts to enable and strengthen the participation of women in peace and security matters, a gender-sensitive perspective is implemented throughout the project.” All findings and selected data will be publicly available (in due consideration of the effective data protection regulations).