Research project awarded a development research grant by the Swedish Research Council

2017-12-15

A three-year research project about gender and social media in contentious elections was awarded the Swedish Research Council's Development Research Grant.

A research team at the Department of Government consisting of Pär Zetterberg, Elin Bjarnegård, Malin Holm and Sandra Håkansson was assigned SEK 3 900 000 for Gender and social media in contentious elections. 

Gender and social media in contentious elections.

The purpose of the project is to explore how social media affects political candidates in repressed states and whether male and female candidates are affected differently

Per Zetterberg

Social media has changed the preconditions for public debates. For instance, they are suggested to have both positive and negative impacts on political candidates in repressive regimes. On the one hand social media may give opposition candidates and other marginalized groups new possibilities to organize and conduct campaign activities. On the other hand social media may provide repressive regimes with new tools to silence and intimidate opposition candidates. In the project we will take a closer look at these dynamics during an election campaign. We will also investigate whether male and female candidates are affected differently by social media, says Pär Zetterberg who heads the project.

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Research project awarded a development research grant by the Swedish Research Council

2017-12-15

A three-year research project about gender and social media in contentious elections was awarded the Swedish Research Council's Development Research Grant.

A research team at the Department of Government consisting of Pär Zetterberg, Elin Bjarnegård, Malin Holm and Sandra Håkansson was assigned SEK 3 900 000 for Gender and social media in contentious elections. 

Gender and social media in contentious elections.

The purpose of the project is to explore how social media affects political candidates in repressed states and whether male and female candidates are affected differently

Per Zetterberg

Social media has changed the preconditions for public debates. For instance, they are suggested to have both positive and negative impacts on political candidates in repressive regimes. On the one hand social media may give opposition candidates and other marginalized groups new possibilities to organize and conduct campaign activities. On the other hand social media may provide repressive regimes with new tools to silence and intimidate opposition candidates. In the project we will take a closer look at these dynamics during an election campaign. We will also investigate whether male and female candidates are affected differently by social media, says Pär Zetterberg who heads the project.