Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF - Postdoc Position: Youth, cyberviolence, and social/political participation on the Internet

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    22/07/2019 14:00 - Europe/Athens
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Madrid
    CEU San Pablo University
    School of Humanities and Communication Sciences

USP-CEU welcomes postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record to apply jointly with a research supervisor from USP-CEU to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme (MSCA-IF). Selected candidates will be provided with devoted training and special assistance for proposal development.

The research project would like to address the Effect of Cyberviolence on Young Women’s Social and Political Participation on Internet.


Research Group and Supervisor:

CEICIN, Research Centre for Communication and Childhood (Centro de investigación sobre comunicación e infancia ), is a consolidated research group led by Professor Núñez Ladevéze that focuses on the study of the relationship between the media and vulnerable audiences:

  1. Use of digital services: social networks, new screens, and social audience.
  2. Educommunication: School and Family Mediation.
  3. Opportunities and risks on the Internet: Social and political participation, gender equality and cyber-aggression.

The group has developed 10 competitive projects of which the following are in progress:

  • Programme of activities on digital vulnerability / Autonomous Region of Madrid / H2015-HUM3434 / 175,000 € / 2016-2020
  • From television audiences to social networks: media convergence (CONVERED) / National Research Plan/ CSO2016-74980-C2-1-R 2017-2021 / 61.468 € /2017-2021

Other competitive projects carried out recently include: “Domestic Authority, digital training, and the intergenerational community of learning in families” / National Research Plan / (CSO 2013-42166-R) and “Youth, digitalisation and gender equality” / EIDGE-Comisión Europea/ CECO: M02. 1402. 000 / 2018.

This team has a solid capability to provide training, management and the promotion of knowledge dissemination activities.

CEICIN is providing support to the International Doctorate Program in Social Communication-CEINDO: the PI and one of the researchers are the coordinator and academic secretary; several researchers are part of the Academic Commission and the faculty; they develop educational activities and supervise more than 15 doctoral theses.

This team has been the driving force and is managing the journal known as Doxa Comunicación, (www.doxacomunicacion.es). They have also hosted 5 internships for the Training of University Research Staff, who are linked to projects. It has well-established international relations, has created and promoted research associations, organized international congresses, and has published important works on the subjects being addressed.


Research Project:

The post-doctorate fellow will join a team that is currently focused on strengthening a line of research involving the generation of knowledge regarding opportunities and risks on the Internet for social and political participation, and for gender equality among young people.

The objective is to incorporate innovative research talent that will bring new perspectives and methodologies to the team, so this fellow will be required to master different methodological approaches to the object of study. A solid command of data processing software will be valued.

In the EU, men and women have the same level of digital skills and internet access, but young men are more confident and tend to post more comments regarding articles, follow more debates, and have more opinions about political or social issues than women have, as women are more prone to being self-critical (EIGE, 2019).

In this context, the objective of the research is to investigate the causes that limit the opportunities for participation provided by Internet – both social and political – especially in the case of young women. The main hypothesis states that the normalization of violence on the Internet limits the capacity for expression and participation, especially by women, because they are more exposed to different kinds of cyberaggression.

This line of research responds to some of the challenges posed by H2020, such as making Europe an inclusive, thoughtful and safe society.

The specific objectives of the research are the following:

  1. Identify the types and prevalence of cyberviolence against young men and women on the Internet and the perception of risk. Specifically, the different kinds of cyberbullying, as well as cyberbullying of a sexual nature against women.
  2. Identify profiles of stalkers and the risk factors involved. Pay special attention to the profile of the woman as the aggressor toward other women and partners or former abusive partners.
  3. Determine the profile of victims and risk factors.
  4. Identify the motives or causes of cyber-aggression, especially regarding the role of gender stereotypes; the ability of young people to identify the behaviour of aggressors on Internet and the behaviour of young witnesses of cyber-aggression.
  5. Analyse the impact of risk experiences related to online behaviour, mainly regarding social and political participation.
  6. Examine the resources available to young people for taking acting in risky situations, and whom they can turn to for information and advice when they face situations of risk or experience harm.

This research will be approached using a combination of techniques: discussion groups, in-depth interviews, and surveys.

The results of the research will be aimed at raising awareness in society, and especially among young people, about the need to promote spaces of coexistence, openness and gender equality on the Internet, as well as the need to avoid conformist attitudes toward cyberviolence, to push for more criticism of cyberviolence, the denouncement of such actions, and empathy for the victims.

In short, this research aims to focus on the need to foster women's confidence on the web so that they might increase the amount of presence they have in the digital environment. A list of recommendations that could be implemented by EU member states on e-inclusion policies will be developed.

The results will be disseminated in specialized journals and international congresses, but their transfer to society will be through the development of leadership workshops for women aimed at schools in order for Internet to become a space in which they can freely express themselves, and even promote or lead social or political movements.


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