Associate Professor Ingrid Volkmer joins Nobel Prize winners on International Panel

May 15 / 157

Associate Professor Ingrid Volkmer, of the School of Media and Communications, has been appointed to the prestigious International Panel on Social Progress.


The  Panel, similar to the International Panel on Climate Change, will tackle global social challenges including inequality, the future of work and global socio-economic governance.


Coordinated by Princeton University, the Panel will be led by a council that includes several Nobel Prize winners. 


Professor Volkmer's appointment was based on her expertise in globalised political communication. Her book, The Global Public Sphere, published by Polity (Cambridge, UK) in 2014 was praised in a London School of Economics academic review as a "landmark work of scholarship for the age of communicative globalization".


Professor Volkmer will be the lead author in the area of democracy and public spheres in a globalised context for the Panel's 2017 report, "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century".


The Panel's secretariat commented on Professor Volkmer's invitation: "Your academic stature and great competence on transnational public sphere and the media motivates our invitation, as we are trying to gather the highest level of experience for this project."


Volkmer said she was honoured to join the Panel. “This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to policy-making on a global level,” she said.

Story by Rajiv Maharaj

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