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Research

Research interests:

The main research interests of the members affiliated to the Media Studies Lab (MSL) focus on two directions: (a) media construction of public issues and media effects and (b) old and new media. Old media still have an influence over the opinions and attitudes of citizens, as they have the power to determine how people understand the information they receive. Through the first research dimension, MSL members are interested in: media construction of public issues, framing effects, the process of agenda setting, third person effect. Through its second research dimension, MSL members are interested in studying how social media has redefined old media practices and the process of agenda building and agenda melding that takes place in the age of social media.

Research projects & achieved results:

Nicoleta Corbu coordinated the research activities of the Romanian team of the project COST-ACTION IS-1308 Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics, as a Member of the Management Committee. Achieved results of the project include:

  • Corbu, N., Balaban-Bălaş, D., & Negrea-Busuioc, E. (2017). Romania: Populist Ideology Without Teeth. In T. Aalberg, F. Esser, C. Reinemann, J. Strömbäck & C. H. de Vreese (Eds.) Populist Political Communication in Europe (pp. 326-338). New York, NY: Routledge.

As a project manager, Nicoleta Corbu coordinated between 2012-2013 the research project "The Euro Crisis: Public Debate, Media Framing and Social Perception" (Center for Research in Communication, College of Communication and Public Relations / 6-8 Povernei Street, District 1, 010641, Bucharest). Selected achieved results include an edited book, several articles, and chapters, among which:

  • Radu, L., Bârgăoanu, A., & Corbu, N. (Eds.) (2013). The Crisis of the European Union. Identity, Citizenship, and Solidarity Reassessed. Bucharest: comunicare.ro.
  • Corbu, N., & Ştefăniţă, O. (2013). The EU Economic Crisis – Reflections in the Opinions of Citizens and Experts. Romanian Journal of European Affairs, 13(3), 5-19.
  • Bârgăoanu, A., Corbu, N., & Radu, L. (2013). The role of government evaluations and EU identity in shaping economic expectations during the crisis: the case of Romania. European Journal of Science and Theology, 9(4), 225-242. (ISI Thompson, Impact factor: 0.389)
  • Radu, L., Boţan, M., & Corbu, N. (2013). The "Core vs. Periphery" Dichotomy Feeds Euroscepticism" in L. Radu, A. Bârgăoanu & N. Corbu (Eds.), The Crisis of the European Union. Identity, Citizenship, and Solidarity Reassessed (pp. 41-64). Bucharest: comunicare.ro.

Between 2008 and 2011, Nicoleta Corbu was team member in the research project "Intercultural communication in the European context. Construction of a Conjunctive paradigm on the new rapport between national cultures and the emergence of European cultural identity" (National Council of Higher Education Research/1 Schitu Măgureanu Blvd, 3rd Floor, District 5, 050025, Bucharest), being responsible for the coordination of research activities regarding European identity. Achieved results:

  • Frunzaru, V., & Corbu, N. (2011). In Search of a European Identity: An Instrumental Approach. Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, Special Issue "Identity and Intercultural Communication. A Romanian Perspective", 13(4), 37-48.
  • Corbu, N. (2010). Cultural Identity as a System: Toward the Crystallization of a European Cultural Identity. Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, 12(1), 121-132.
  • Georgiu, G., Ciocea, M., & Corbu, N. (2009). National or European? The Case of Romanian Political Parties' Platforms for 2009 European Elections. ESSACHES, 2(4), 183-201.

During the same period, Nicoleta Corbu was team member in the research project "The media construction of europeanization as a public problem in the context of the European integration of Romanian society". Selected papers published as part of the project:

  • Corbu, N., Frunzaru, V., Boţan, M., & Schifirneţ, C. (2011). Stabilirea agendei publice referitoare la Uniunea Europeană: alegerile europarlamentare din 2009, în România [Setting the Public Agenda about EU Issues: 2009 Romanian Elections for the European Parliament]. Romanian Journal of Sociology, 3-4, 301-320.
  • Corbu, N., Valeriu F., Boţan M., & Schifirneţ C. (2011). Stabilirea agendei publice referitoare la Uniunea Europeană: alegerile europarlamentare din 2009 în România [Setting the Public Agenda about EU Issues: 2009 Romanian Elections for the European Parliament]. In C. Schifirneţ (Ed.) Europenizarea societăţii româneşti şi mass-media [The Europeanization of Romanian Society and the Media]. Bucureşti: Comunicare.ro, 158-179.
  • Boţan M., Corbu, N., & Frunzaru V. (2011). Dezbaterile electorale televizate ca surse de stabilirea agendei publice [Election Debates as Agenda Setting Agents]. In C. Schifirneţ (Ed.) Europenizarea societăţii româneşti şi mass-media [The Europeanization of Romanian Society and the Media]. Bucureşti: Comunicare.ro, 180-204.