Research at CEMESO is currently concentrated on the following thematic areas:

Young people, media literacy and media education


Cross cultural perspectives on media and culture


Mass media as factors of social inequality

The underlying and mostly implicit assumption of most communication research is that equal access to media information and other cultural resources through the media will contribute to empowering people, thus reducing inequality. The reverse assumption, however, is rarely studied, namely that exposure to media increases social and economic inequality. This is what this thematic area of research at CEMESO is about. It tackels the following research question: how do the media contribute to increasing or decreasing income equality by supporting behavioural patterns that are conducive of more or less equal income distribution in society?

Culture and communication in the Brussels metropolitan context