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(IN)FORMING CONFLICT PREVENTION, RESPONSE AND RESOLUTION:
THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN VIOLENT CONFLICT

Objective

INFOCORE focuses on the conditions that bring about different media roles in the cycle of conflict and peace building. It generates knowledge on (1) the social processes underlying the production of conflict news, and (2) the inherent dynamics of conflict news contents, (3) in a systematically comparative fashion. Based on this perspective, we identify the conditions under which media play specific constructive or destructive roles in preventing, managing, and resolving violent conflict, and building sustainable peace. The project will provide detailed knowledge on the process of conflict news production. Specifically, INFOCORE focuses on interactions between (1) professional journalists (in various media), (2) political actors (including public authorities, military), (3) experts/NGOs (in intelligence, peacekeeping, conflict prevention/resolution, and media assistance), and (4) lay publics (individuals and groups, including economic actors). INFOCORE analyzes these actors’ different roles (as sources/advocates, mediators, and users/audiences) in the production of (1) professional news media, (2) social media, (3) and semi-public intelligence/expert analysis. To assess the roles of media for shaping lay publics’ and political actors’ conflict perceptions and responses to ongoing conflicts, we analyze the dynamics of conflict news content over time. We identify recurrent patterns of information diffusion and the polarization/consolidation of specific frames and determine the main contextual factors that influence the roles media play in conflict and peace building. Specifically, we assess the roles of individual agendas and resources, professional norms, media organizations and systems, political systems, and characteristics of the conflict situation. INFOCORE implements a gender-sensitive perspective throughout the project, contributing to the EC’s efforts to enable and strengthen the participation of women in peace and security matters.
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Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Address

Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 726 028

Administrative Contact

Romy Fröhlich (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 256 464

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 208 876

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 238 946

Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 205 608

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 236 700

VISOKA SKOLA ZA NOVINARSTVO I ZA ODNOSI SO JAVNOSTA PRIVATNA USTANOVA

North Macedonia

EU Contribution

€ 212 258

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 175 700

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 238 911

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613308

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 222 926,53

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 491

Coordinated by:

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany