is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp. As media sociologist, his research agenda has evolved from a focus on social and political issues relating to science, technology and the environment in media, to a broader focus on the relation between media and democracy. In his teaching and research, he seeks to answer the question how to evaluate mediated public discourse on its contribution to democratic debate and citizenship.
The primary focus is on news and journalism, and more particularly, on how both professionalized-commercial and digital-alternative news media report on issues of public significance and what that teaches us about media pluralism in the 21st century. Current and past research efforts center on issues such as climate change, new (bio)technologies, energy, economy and austerity, human rights, ethical consumption, and new political and social movements.