Andreas Mattsson & Vibodh Parthasarathi joins SASNET as affiliated researchers
Andreas Mattsson is a lecturer and program director at School of Journalism at Department of Communication and Media, Lund University. He is also the coordinator for the platform Researchers Meet Filmmakers and initiated the SASNET funded Sweden–South Asia Media Project. Besides his university assignments, he works as a freelance journalist for various Swedish and Nordic newspapers and magazines. Over the past years, he has collaborated with Vibodh Parthasarathi, associate professor at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi on research initiatives, academic workshops and public engagements in both Sweden and India. Their research interests are at the intersection of journalism practice, digital technology and governance in comparative international perspective, with specific concern on values of access and diversity Andreas’ current research project, funded by the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD), is called ”The Role of Social Norms in Fighting Corruption in Local Governments”. Together with Måns Svensson, associate professor in Sociology of Law, he will analyze the dynamics that underlie corruption, and the significance of local informal social norms, in relation to, international anti-corruption conventions and national law, when building counteraction strategies on a local level.
Vibodh Parthasarathi maintains a multidisciplinary interest in media policy and creative industries, his most recent work being the edited double-volume The Indian Media Economy (Oxford University Press 2018). Parthasarathi has been at the forefront of media policy research in India and a winner of numerous grants including from the Ford Foundation, Canada’s IDRC, Social Science Research Council, India New Zealand Education Council, and Open Society Foundation. Currently on extra-ordinary leave from Jamia Millia Islamia, his recent visiting positions include at the University of Queensland, at KU Leuven, and at IIT Bombay. Parthasarathi has been invited to Board or equivalent positions at the Centre for Internet & Society, The Media Foundation, the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster, and the India Open Data Association. He serves in editorial advisory roles at MIT Press and Oxford University Press, at leading journals in his field including the Journal of Communication and Global Media and Communication, and at the public intellectual platform ‘The Conversation’. Parthasarathi’s ongoing research variously explores the deep history of media regulation in India, the risks to media diversity amidst digitalisation, and the emergence of the platform economy in India. He brings to SASNET rich insights from the worlds of academia and public policy across South Asia and wide-ranging experiences from multiple international collaborations and co-publications, the active ones including with scholars from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the United States of America