Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

The Applied Urban Communication Research Grant is an annually endowed prize given to foster and promote significant inter-disciplinary communication research contributions that extend the boundaries of “applied research” by investigating real-life communication phenomena affecting urban communities. The prize is to be awarded to fund the development of original research that meaningfully centralizes the concerns of everyday citizens and their struggle to define, identify with, and/or construct “spaces” for discourse and/or engagement within cities.

The recipient of the prize will receive a medal and a $2,500 grant-in-aid to be awarded to fund communication research related to urban communication. Nominees will be evaluated based on the potential impact of their work as well as the quality and rigor of their contribution. Nominees must be members of ECA. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association.

2014

Kristin Scott

Kristin Scott

Kristin Scott, New Century College at George Mason University

Kristin Scott is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies and a term assistant professor of Integrative Studies at New Century College at George Mason University. In her dissertation project, The “Digital City”: A Critical Examination of the Discursive Practices of Urban Digitality, Kristin examines the recent digital technological initiatives of New York City, San Antonio, and Seattle. She considers what economic, political, and social factors and goals motivate a certain claim to urban digitality in each of these cities; how each city complicates or problematizes current debates about digital public spheres; the role of digital technologies in the functioning of each city’s civil society and urban sustainability efforts; and how abstract, ideological concepts of the “digital city” articulate with each city’s actual digital technological claims and programs. Her research interests include urban digital sustainability, visual, media, and digital cultures, urban mobilities and spatial practices, and the securitization and militarization of urban spaces.


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