Papers accepted to this conference can be presented either within one of the three panels (see below), or in the open sessions. The three panels hosted this year by QRC are the following:

  • Ageing, communication and technologies
  • Panel head: Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, IN3 - Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Catalonia), Spain

    We are experiencing a world that is increasingly mediated by digital devices and influenced by their proliferation. How do digital technologies mediate experiences and practices of older people? What role do Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and mobile communications play in older individuals’ everyday lives? Does ICT use contribute to the development of personal autonomy of seniors (and if so, how)? How are ICTs perceived by these individuals? Are these technologies useful, intrusive, necessary, essential? What are the motivations for adopting and rejecting different ICTs? What are the motivations for giving up using ICTs? What are the relevant generational and cultural differences? How are digital technologies affecting inequalities and digital divides? And how is the current economic crisis affecting these patterns? Topics of the panel belong to different disciplines and will mainly, but no only, focus on:

    • Ageing in the networked society;
    • Ageing and digital mediated practices;
    • Ageing and digital consumption, production, and presumption;
    • Ageing and ageism related to digital technologies;
    • Ageing and civil engagement.

    This panel is organized in collaboration with the ACT Project.

    Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol is senior researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Open University of Catalonia and co-director of the Research Group “Mobile Communication, Economy & Society”. She is as well part-time lecturer at the Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy, University of Barcelona. Mobile communication has been one of her main areas of study since 2003, with a combined sociological and economic focus. Her interests are set both in developed and in developing countries. Particularly, she is interested in the intersection of ageing and mobile communication. She has published different books and articles on her areas of expertise.

    Dr. Mireia Fernández Ardèvol
    Mobile Technologies and (G) Local Challenges Research Group, Co-director IN3, Open University of Catalonia


  • Communication and the emotion economy
  • Panel head: Liz Yeomans, Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Emotion viewed as social and cultural practices that take place outside the individual is well documented (e.g. Hochschild, 1983; Katz, 1999; Ahmed, 2004; Greco and Stenner, 2008; Wulff, 2008; Fineman, 2010). An ‘outside in’ perspective of emotion focuses on the patterns and functions of emotions when they are in circulation within different social and cultural contexts. This is in contrast to an ‘inside out’ perspective which is concerned with the psychological states of the individual (Ahmed, 2004; Fineman, 2010). Within the emotion economy, public figures and private individuals alike ‘open up’ to reveal intimate details in exchange for audience approval; leaders and managers are advised to ‘empathise’ with their employees and customers to encourage feelings of loyalty; and on social media, codified patterns of emotional expression are rapidly circulated and established. An emotion economy perspective therefore urges us to view communication forms as part of a system of emotion regulation, exchange and distribution, while establishing new codes and rituals in doing so. Contributions may include, but are not restricted to:

    • Emotion economy and mass media;
    • Emotion economy and organisational communication – advertising, corporate; communication, strategic communication and public relations;
    • Emotion economy and interpersonal communication;
    • Emotion economy and intercultural communication;
    • Emotion economy and political communication;
    • Emotions economy and online communication – YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

    Dr Liz Yeomans teaches and researches in public relations and communication at Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Her doctoral work developed perspectives in public relations drawing on gender and emotional labour theories within the sociology of work. Liz’s diverse interests include theories of empathy and their implications for public relations; gender identities in public relations; student internships; blogger relationships; and critical-interpretive research methods. Liz is the co-editor of the popular international student textbook, Exploring Public Relations (with Ralph Tench) which is now in its 3rd edition. She has published several journal articles and has presented her work at international conferences. In 2014, Liz hosted an Erasmus Intensive Programme ‘Women in PR in Europe’ together with partners from Istanbul University and LMU, Munich.


  • Digital explorations: research with and about digital media
  • Panel head: Ana Adi, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany

    The rise in popularity and penetration of the Internet across the world, its increased adoption both by organisations and individuals as well as the rise of big data present numerous opportunities for researchers. This panel seeks contributions that highlight ideas and techniques that can inform and shape future online research. Topics can include but are not limited to:

    • Traditional methodologies and their online application;
    • New media methodologies – new methods, new designs?
    • Digital humanities – methods and methodologies;
    • Social media research;
    • Digital media/social media research – reliability and validity implications;
    • Online tools for data analysis;
    • Crowd sourcing research and data;
    • Co-creating research;
    • Visualisation and interpretation of data and online data.

    Prof. Dr Ana Adi is the Head of the Department of Corporate Communication at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She is a digital humanist who teaches, researches and provides consultancy on matters related to digital media communications strategy and social media monitoring and measurement. She also writes about the Olympics looking in particular at topics related to history, discourses about and memory of the Games. Ana has a very international background in public relations and strategic communication having worked, learned and taught in USA, UK, Belgium, Bahrain, Thailand and Romania. She is a polyglot and an avid traveller and supporter of internationalization in education. As a board member of the Social Media Global Education Connection Project, Ana is also a promoter of the use of new and social media for research and teaching.

    Her work is showcased on Twitter: @ana_adi.