Prof. Giovanni Boccia Artieri

University of Urbino


Giovanni Boccia Artieri is a sociologist, writer and teacher Italian and full Professor in Sociology of Communication and Digital Media. Currently he is the Dean at the Department of Communication and Human Studies of the University of Urbino CarloBo.

He is Coordinator of the Ph.D. program on Humanities. His main research interests revolve around media theory, with a specific focus on social network society and participatory culture. Current research projects include social history of the Internet; social television; big data/deep data research methodology; social network sites as a ground to observe and study emergent social phenomena.

He is also President of the Degree in Advertising Media Information, coordinator of the Research Doctorate in Sociology of Communication and Entertainment Sciences and Vice Director of LaRiCA, research laboratory on advanced communication. His research interests concern the relationship between media, identity and society; the languages ​​and expressive forms of completed modernity; participatory cultures and trans medial narratives; connected publics and productive publics.

Prof. Shannon A. Bowen

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina
United States

Dr. Shannon A. Bowen is a Full Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina (US) where her research focuses on ethical decision making within the highest levels of organizations.

Dr. Bowen teaches and researches ethics across corporations, pharmaceutical firms, governmental entities, and the public relations industry. Bowen is one of three joint-editors for the journal Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.

Dr. Bowen sits on the Board of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society, the Board of Directors of the non-profit International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), serves several journal editorial boards including the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and is a Contributing Editor of Media Ethics magazine.

She has published in numerous journals and won several awards, including top paper awards, an ethics grant from the International Association of Business Communicators, and the “Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Research Prize”. Until 2012, Dr. Bowen was tenured in the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland; her dissertation on Kantian ethics won the “Robert Heath Outstanding Dissertation Award”. Her MA in Journalism and Mass Communication is from the University of South Carolina, and her BA is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Bowen is passionate about ethics. She hopes that her work researching and teaching ethical decision making can create a better society, in which more responsible and transparent organizations interact honestly with informed, engaged consumers and citizens. Dr. Bowen noted, “In the world of studying public relations, lobbying, and corporate policy, ethics is never boring!”

Prof. Mohan Dutta

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
Massey University, New Zealand

Mohan J Dutta is Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication. He is the Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), developing culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change, advocacy, and activism that articulate health as a human right. Mohan Dutta’s research examines the role of advocacy and activism in challenging marginalizing structures, the relationship between poverty and health, political economy of global health policies, the mobilization of cultural tropes for the justification of neo-colonial health development projects, and the ways in which participatory culture-centered processes and strategies of radical democracy serve as axes of global social change. Based on academic-activist collaborations, the culture-centered approach uses fieldwork, resistive strategies for performance and dialogue-based reflexive participation to create entry points for listening to the voices of communities at the global margins.

The social impact in Mohan Dutta’s work bridges activist interventions and academic knowledge production, delineating the tensions, divergences and convergences when academics, activists, and communities come together in co-creating transformative practices. He is interested in theorizing the nature of productive practices of academic performance situated at the intersections of subaltern politics, activist commitments, and academic research. In his most recent performance work, he has served as the visiting artistic director for Rittwick, a grassroots group in West Bengal, India working on performance for social change. He has also directed the “Singaporeans Left Behind” “Voices of Hunger” and “Respect our Rights” campaigns and documentary films.

Prof. Dutta is the winner of the 2016 International Communication Association (ICA) “Applied/Public Policy Communication Research Award”, and the 2018 “Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award”. He serves on the Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) Cultural Contexts of Health (CCH) group.

Professor Dutta has published more than 100 articles in international academic journals and he wrote the following books “Communicating health: A culture-centered approach” published by Polity Press; “Communicating social change: Structure, culture, agency” in collaboration with Taylor & Francis, and more recently “Voices of Resistance” (Purdue University Press).

Prof. Vilma Luoma-aho

University in Jyväskylä

Vilma Luoma-aho is professor of Corporate Communication and Vice Dean of Research at JSBE University of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics in Finland, and a visiting professor at IULM, Milan. She is an expert on intangible assets in organizations: her recent research focuses on young people and influencers, and her newest books are on public sector communication (Wiley-Blackwell). She has published in the leading journals of public relations and is active in consulting and working with the communication industry in Finland.

Luoma-aho is active in consulting businesses and public sector organizations with their stakeholder engagement, and served as the Chairman of the Board of ProCom, the Communication Professionals in Finland between 2016-2019, and currently serves as chairman for Social Science Division of MATINE, the Scientific Defence Council under Finnish Ministry of Defense and sits on the board of the technology company VALU. Currently she leads research projects on strategic communication and young people and social media funded by the Academy of Finland: #Agents – Agency of Young people in social media.

Luoma-aho has won several awards for teaching, the communication profession and research including “Best Teacher in Intercultural Setting” at JYU in 2008 and “Communication Professional of the Year”, ProCom, 2014 and Best Theoretical Paper at CCI 2019. She is the author and editor of several books including “Public Sector Communication – Closing gaps between citizens and public organizations (2019). She is the professor in charge for the Finnish data of the European Communication Monitor, and currently working on social media influencers, strategic communication and intangible assets in the public sector.

Phillip Wd Martin

Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH Boston
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Broadcast Media

Phillip Martin is Senior Investigative Reporter for WGBH News and a contributing reporter to PRI’s The World, a co-production of WGBH, the BBC and PRI; a program, which he helped develop as a senior producer in 1995.

Phillip is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Sigma Delta Chi award for Best Investigative Reporting and the 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Investigative Reporting (large-market radio). He also was honored with 2013 New York Festivals and United Nations UNDPI Gold Awards. He was part of a team of reporters that was honored in 2002 with a George Foster Peabody Award to NPR for coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the US. He has received numerous other journalism and civic engagement honors over the course of his career.

Since joining WGBH in the spring of 2010, Phillip has reported on human trafficking, politics and race, the Boston Marathon bombing, gangs, terrorism, Whitey Bulger, carbon offset schemes, police shootings, training and race, the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements, and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics.

On WGBH­-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and hosted PBS’s World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage.

Phillip worked as a supervising senior editor for NPR West and was NPR’s first national race-relations correspondent from 1998 to 2001. He was the executive producer for Lifted Veils Productions, a nonprofit public radio journalism project “dedicated to exploring issues that divide and unite society”. His Color Initiative an occasional series of reports about the global impact of skin color ­aired on The World from 2007 to 2010.

Phillip is a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow from 1997 to 1998 and a 1997 U.S. Japan Media Fellow. He earned a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and studied international protection of human rights law at Harvard Law School as well as journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in the Program for Minority Journalists.

Prof. Elena Semino

Lancaster University

Elena Semino is Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science. She hold a Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Fuzhou University in China. She was Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster.

Her research interests are in health communication, medical humanities, stylistics, and metaphor theory and analysis. In her work she combines qualitative analysis with corpus linguistic methods. She has been working on health communication/medical humanities focusing on representations of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives; metaphor, cancer and the end of life; (figurative) language, creativity and chronic pain.

From 2012 to 2014, indeed, she led a team working on Metaphor, Cancer and the End of Life, with funding from the ESRC.  She act as advisor on the project Metaphor in Palliative Cancer Care at Linnaeus University (Sweden).

She has a long-standing interest in first-person accounts of the experiences of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives and she is involved in a study of mind style in an autobiographical narrative of schizophrenia with Dr ZsófiaDemjén (University College London). She is a collaborator on the Language of Voice-hearing project at University College London, and Principal Investigator on the corpus-based interdisciplinary project Narratives of Voice-hearing– a collaboration between the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science and Hearing the Voice at Durham University.

She is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Translating Science for Young People and on the ESRC-funded project Linguistic Challenges of the Transition between Primary and Secondary School – both led by Prof Alice Deignan in the School of Education at the University of Leeds.