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Dr Mary Francoli Leverhulme Visiting Fellow In New Media and Internet Politics

Posted on 19/05/2006

I am interested in the impact of new media such as the Internet on governance, the state and society.  Currently, my research is largely focused on the idea of the ‘digital commons’ and how new forms of ‘e-participation’ impact the relationship between citizens and their elected representatives.  I have also been looking at how governments – particularly the Canadian government – are adopting ‘e-government’ strategies, and researching the institutional and policy changes that are required for these strategies to be realized. Beyond issues related to e-government and e-democracy, I am interested in challenges that new technologies – including spam, VoIP and satellite radio – pose for communication policies and communication industries.

  • BA Acadia University
  • MA University of Western Ontario
  • PhD University of Western Ontario
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I was born in Canada and was educated at Acadia University in Nova Scotia between 1993 and 1997. In 1997 I moved to The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where I received my Masters degree in Political Science.  In 1998, I left The University of Western Ontario to complete an internship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, before returning to Canada to complete my PhD. I was awarded my doctorate in Political Science in June 2005.  During the latter part of my degree I worked for the Parliament of Canada as a Senate policy advisor.

I have previously taught at The University of Western Ontario (as a graduate teaching assistant) and at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication (full-time 2005-2006) as well as at Carleton's Political Science Department (summer 2006).

From September 2006 I will be joining the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London as a Visiting Fellow (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).


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