Karen Donders (Scientific Coordinator)
Karen Donders lectures Policy Analysis, Policy Advocacy, Political Economy of the Press and European Media Markets at the Communication Sciences Department of the VUB. Karen specialises in public service media, media policy, private television, competition policy and media, and the political economy of European media markets, and policy analysis methodology. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2010, benefiting from a grant of the Institute for European Studies (VUB as well). She published a re-worked version of her Ph.D. thesis with Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. ‘Public service media and policy in Europe’ is generally recognized as an important theoretical and empirical contribution to the field of public service media research. Karen has published widely on this and other related topics in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Javnost, European Journal of Communication, Media Culture and Society, Journal of Media Law, Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, and European State aid Law Quarterly. She is also lead and co-editor of books such as ‘Handbook of European Media Policy’ (with Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, with Prof. Dr. Caroline Pauwels and Prof. Dr. Jan Loisen), ‘Private television in Western Europe’ (with Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, with Prof. Dr. C. Pauwels and Prof. Dr. J. Loisen), ‘Exporting the Public Value Test’ (with Nordicom, 2011, with Prof. Dr. H. Moe), and ‘Rethinking European Media Policy’ (with VUBPress, 2009, with Prof. Dr. C. Pauwels, Prof. Dr. H. Kalimo and Prof. Dr. B. Van Rompuy). She is a member of the RIPE (the international organisation behind the two-annually organised conferences on public service media) organisation committee and of the EuroCPR (European Communication Policy Research) scientific committee. Together with Professor Dr. H. Van den Bulck from Antwerp University and Flemish public broadcaster VRT she will organize RIPE 2016, taking place in Belgium. Karen is also member of the Communication Law and Policy group of ECREA and IAMCR. Having her own consultancy firm, she also regularly advises media regulators, ministries of media, media companies and interest groups. Among others she has been involved in the European Broadcasting Union’s Vision 2020 project, which outlined future strategies and main guidelines for public service media institutions in 2020. Karen is also involved in the negotiations of VRT’s new management contract; a process on which she has previously also advised the Flemish government. Karen heads the Media Unit at the Center for Studies on Media Innovation and Technology (SMIT), which is a partner institute in imec. The unit hosts approximately 30 junior and senior researchers studying policy, market and user aspects of mediated communication. Karen is also part of the VUB’s interdisciplinary Brussels Research Center for Competition Policy (BCCP), which brings together legal, economic, political sciences and communication sciences expertise on national and European competition policies.