International Doctoral Summer School “The values of the commons in the digital society”

The International Doctoral Summer School “The values of the commons in the digital society” is an open space for international PhD students to get together and discuss, reflect on and learn about the relevance of the commons and the public realm in our current societies.

The main theme of this course will be the public value of public service media within the European framework, considering the impact of digital platforms (research, reach and crisis). However, we aspire to create an open space to debate, reflect on and exchange ideas that will broaden the focus from Communication Studies to other Social Sciences, such as Political Science, Psychology, Pedagogy, Economics and Business, Computer Sciences, Philosophy, Languages and Literature and even Artificial Intelligence and Engineering.

The main purpose of this Summer School is to gather a broadinternational, and diverse group of Social Sciences PhD students to discuss the relevance of the public realm and public services in our current societies. 

This transfer activity has the direct collaboration of the RTVE-USC Institutional Chair on Public Service Media in Europe and all its members.

Informative flyer Doctoral Summer School. VALCOMM

Course structure

The activity will be certified as a 30-hour course, divided in two different kind of sessions: keynotes and panel discussions with experts (both professionals and scholars) will take place in the mornings, while workshops and feedback sessions will take place in the afternoons.

Moreover, social activities will also be included in the program to encourage networking among all the participants. 


The International Doctoral Summer School will be held in Santiago de Compostela, from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 September 2023. 

Opening Keynote: Bernard Miège, professor emeritus of the Université de Grenoble-Alpes (France).

More guests to be confirmed.

The current schedule is as follows:

Confirmed guests

Bernard Miège (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Professor Emeritus of Communication and Information Sciences at Université Grenoble-Alpes (France). Bernard Miège holds a PhD in Economics and in Humanities and is one of the most influential scholars in the study of the Cultural Industries, public space and the media. He chaired the French Society of Information Sciences from 1990 to 1994 and was the founder of two collections at the Presses universitaires de Grenoble. His successful research, academic and professional career earned him honorary doctorates from the University of Italian Switzerland (2007), the University of Quebec in Montreal (2006), the University of Bucharest (2004) and the University of Kinshasa (2001). 

Madiana Asseraf-Jacob (European Broadcasting Union, EBU)

An expert in Digital Media, Strategy and Business Innovation, Madiana Asseraf-Jacob is Head of Business Development and Young Audiences at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), where she manages strategic programmes to help public service media develop content to connect with all audiences, especially young audiences. 

Gregg Young (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie, VRT)

Project manager and creative producer with proven experience in the film and television industry. Expert researcher and product owner in immersive media projects. Contributor to startups driving media technology at VRT Innovation. Led VT’s project to win the Technology Innovation Award at NAB with the Content4All project in 2020. Since 2021 he is Head of Video Snackbar at VRT Innovatie, a position he shares simultaneous with the Investment Team – Media Invest Vlaanderen (VRT + PMV).

Wesa Aapro (Yleisradio, Yle)

Wesa Aapro works as Metaverse Lead at Yle Innovations and is a Creative Technologist at Yleisradio. He looks at innovation from a storytelling point of view. He currently works with synthetic media and CGI and his broad experience is in creating digital services and games for young people while continuing to define the open and decentralised web3 and its culture.

Igancio Gómez (Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE)

Ignacio Gómez holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from ICADE. His professional relationship with RTVE and the digital area began in 2007. Since then he has been Deputy Director and Director of Multimedia Content, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Director of Analytics and New Projects and since the summer of 2018, Director of RTVE Digital and RTVE Research where he is overseeing the group’s digital distribution strategy and all the development of digital products and services, and leveraging the value of data to identify business opportunities and audience growth amid the disruption of digital media and the profound transformation of the audience’s media consumption habits.

Ángel García Castillejo (Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE)

Ángel García Castillejo began his professional career in 1986 as a practising lawyer at the La Rioja Bar Association and later at the Madrid Bar Association. From 1997 to 2003 he held various positions of responsibility at the Telecommunications Market Commission, such as deputy director of Audiovisual, deputy director of Telematic and Interactive Services and deputy director of Market Offerings. In 2003, he began his doctorate in Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid, a degree he has held since 2009, where he has been a lecturer in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication since the beginning of his doctoral studies. Currently, since 2021, Ángel is a member of the Legal & Policy Committee of the EBU and Director of Audiovisual Policy, Public Service and International of CRTVE.

Javier Mosquera Gómez (Destino Bergen)

Javier Mosquera Gómez has been in charge of Social Media at Land Rober Tunai Show of the Galician Radio and Television Corporation (CRTVG) since 2015. Alumni of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), he is currently in charge of strategies, content creation, monitoring, conversations, listening, targeting and capturing new audiences on social networks. Expert in programming languages, Javier is passionate about real online communication, mainly since the emergence of blogs and social networks that were ideal for reaching and segmenting a large part of the public. He has been a freelancer since 2014 and has been behind the online communication strategy of companies such as Frinsa or Estrella Galicia. He is currently a contributor to the Radio Galega programme «Lambóns Dixitais» and coordinates online strategies for the LandRober Tunai Show on TVG, trying to combine transmedia strategies to capture new audiences for TV.

Senén Barro Ameneiro (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela) 

PhD in Physics from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and director of CiTIUS. Rector of this same university between 2002 and 2010, where he promoted the research of the ‘Campus Vida’, Campus of International Excellence in 2009. He focuses his studies on Artificial Intelligence at the service of society. 

Javier Marcial Felici (Universitat Jaume I) 

Graduate in Audiovisual Communication and PhD from the University of Valencia. He holds a degree in Hispanic Philology and Philosophy and Educational Sciences from the University of Valencia, a Master’s degree in Communication and Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and is Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the Universitat Jaume I. He is director of the Research Group «Research in Technologies Applied to Audiovisual Communication» (ITACA-UJI), whose interests focus on the study of visual culture, the relationship between technology and visuality, the theory of the image, the political economy of communication and the analysis of audiovisual texts. At the same time, Javier Marzal Felici has combined this research activity with his professional practice in the photographic, radio and television media, and his teaching activity as a lecturer in image theory, technology, audiovisual production and production.

Paulo Faustino (Universidade do Porto)

Paulo Faustino holds a European PhD in Media Management from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid., He is currently non-executive chairman of the publishing house Formalpress/Media XXI – Publishing & Consulting Company and co-founder, along with Terry Flew, of the Journal of Creative Industries and Cultural Studies (JOCIS). He is a board member of IMMAA, co-founder of EMMA and professor at FLUP in Porto and FCSH in Lisbon. His research lines approach the field of economics and media management. 

Carles Llorens (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the UAB in 2001 and recipient of a Marie Curie fellowship from 1996 to 1998 at the Université de Namur (Belgium). Professor at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and researcher of the Spanish part of the study for the European Commission «Indicators for media pluralism in the Member States – Towards a risk-based approach» and IP of «Pluralism and media groups in Spain: the concentration of audiences». His research focuses on audience studies and audience participation in public media. 

Carlos Arcila Calderón (Universidad de Salamanca) 

Professor at the Department of Sociology and Communication at the University of Salamanca (Spain). Member of the Audiovisual Content Observatory (OCA). European PhD in «Communication, Social Change and Development» from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been lecturer at the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), Universidad del Norte (Colombia), Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) (Venezuela); post-doctoral researcher at the URJC; and associate researcher at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) (Venezuela). He is currently a lecturer in Fiction Audiovisual Directing in Audiovisual Communication, Public Opinion and Media in MUCAII and Educational Research in the Audiovisual Communication specialisation in MUPES. His line of research is focused on the adoption of ICT, the study of media and social networks, computational methods and big data.

Ruth de Frutos (Universidad de Málaga) 

With a degree in Journalism from the University of Valladolid, she holds a PhD in Journalism with an international mention from the University of Malaga (Extraordinary Doctorate Award 2015-2016). After her PhD, she completed her second postgraduate degree – previously she had studied the Master’s Degree in Journalism and New Scenarios -, the Official Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Development Policies at the UMA (Extraordinary Master’s Degree Award). She researches journalism, human rights and gender. Since 2011 she has participated in various international, national and regional contracts and research projects, as well as educational innovation and international cooperation for development.

Olga Blasco Blasco (Universidad de Valencia) 

Professor of Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business in the Department of Applied Economics at the Universitat de València. She is a member of the research group Quantitative Methods for the Measurement of Culture and a participant in the VALCOMM Project, where her research focuses on European public broadcasters in the digital ecosystem and the funding crisis.

Ana López Cepeda (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) 

Ana María López Cepeda holds a degree in Journalism and a PhD in Communication and Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and a degree in Law from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). She is currently Professor in the Faculty of Communication at the University of Castilla-La Mancha where she has held the position of Vice-Dean since September 2017. She is Principal Researcher of the Sociology of Communication Research Group at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Specialised in the area of Media Structure and Public Communication Policies (with a doctoral thesis with honours cum laudem and extraordinary prize), she works on research on European and Spanish audiovisual policies, copyright and journalism and media structure, transparency and corporate social responsibility.

Manuel Goyanes Martínez (Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid) 

PhD in Journalism with European mention and Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is currently a lecturer and researcher in media management and sociology of communication sciences at the Carlos III University of Madrid. Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at the Media Management and Transformation Center, directed by Rolf A. Lundin. Author of a monograph and more than 60 articles in international journals on the management and sociology of the media company and the sociology of communication sciences. His works deal with European public broadcasters, study methodologies and management in today’s digital society and have been published in journals such as Journalism, International Journal of Communication, International Journal on Media Management, Journalism Practice and El Profesional de la Información.

Xosé Pereira Fariña (CRTVG + Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

Xosé Pereira is the director of the Innovation and Business Area of the Galician Radio and Television Corporation (CRTVG). With a PhD in Communication and Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela, he was dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USC between 2009 and 2014. His research focuses on the analysis and design of information systems and digital information architecture. 

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