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Peter Berglez’s research primarily focuses on media and journalism’s role in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. His studies, which are both theoretical and empirical, stem from a critique of domestic media’s national “container” thinking. Despite today’s transnational reality, in which nation-states and continents are deeply interlinked by technology, environmental crises, financial systems, epidemics, etc., everyday media still tends to cover reality as if nation-states were autonomous and disconnected. This is a democratic problem as it produces a distorted picture of everyday social reality. His contribution to the understanding of the concept of global journalism facilitates analyses of media’s coverage of transnational and cross-border phenomena such as climate change and terrorism. He has also developed a model for practicing global journalism, which is different from traditional foreign reporting, in the context of media production.
Berglez has published his research in journals such as Journalism Studies, Environmental Communication and Media, Culture & Society, and is the author of 33 pieces of scientific work. Either as a project leader or co-researcher, he has been involved in projects funded by the Swedish Research Council, Formas, and the Swedish Development Agency. In addition to his work on global journalism, he has lead a research project about cross-professional interaction on Twitter, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Peter Berglez is Professor of Media and Communication Science at Jönköping University. His received his doctorate in 2006 from Örebro University, and became an associate professor at the same university in 2011. He has been involved in several research projects, both as project leader and co-researcher, focusing on different aspects of traditional and social media’s role in society, mainly in relation to war/conflicts, globalization, and the environment. Between 2004 and 2015, he taught global journalism theory in the MA program in Global Journalism at Örebro University where he also was one of the originators of the MA program J-Connected. Berglez has been a member of the steering committee of the digital media program Hyper Island and is serving as an academic consultant for the international news magazine The Conversation. He has worked as an expert consultant and/or given talks for the Academy of Finland, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, and Norway’s National Council for Quality in Higher Education, to mention a few.