France – Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse (IEP)

Brief description of the legal entity

As a state-owned college created in 1948, the main mission of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse (IEP) is the formation of senior executives in private and public organisations. IEP’s alumni aim for a career in the fields of public affairs, social relations, international relations, development, finance, management, media and communication. The IEP welcomes more than 1500 students in its several programmes. Within the last few years, the IEP has undertaken a reform of its academic programmes with the overall objective to increase international exchange through harmonisation of European university diplomas and international programmes. One of the main research interests of the IEP is the transformation of the journalistic and political fields, especially the transformation of the conditions and changes in production and political discourses.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

The French partner will prepare and conduct the workshop “Media Accountability” in the Arabic World. Furthermore, represented by Olivier Baisnée, the IEP develops and edits the final report in cooperation with the German Erich Brost Institute. Being a scientific manager of the French team in the EU funded research project “Adequate Information Management in Europe” (AIM), Baisnée is well familiar with the structures and workflows of international research projects. With regards to the objectives of the MediaAcT project, Baisnée contributes his expert knowledge on EU journalism and journalism cultures, as well as qualitative research methods.

Short profile of the staff member

Olivier Baisnée, PhD, works as an associate professor in political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse. After a MA in Political Science (1998) he finished his PhD at the Centre de Recherches sur l'Action Politique en Europe (CNRS Research Centre in Rennes) in 2003. As a Post-Doctoral-Researcher he joined the Centre national de la recherché scientifique of the University of Lille before. His research interests are the political sociology of the EU including democracy theories and the sociology of journalism. He has published widely about the European Public Sphere, EU journalism in general, and the news production of EU correspondents in specific. Olivier Baisnée published articles in academic reviews and wrote several chapters in international publications.

Sandra Vera Zambrano, PhD, currently works as research assistant for the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Toulouse. Previously, she has worked as research assistant for the Amsterdam University ("Globalisation of humor" project funded by the NWO Veni Grant) and for the New York University ("Online media project" funded by the Steindhart School of Culture, Education, and Humanities). She has also worked as lecturer for the University of Toulouse. Her scientific interests concentrate on sociology of medias, sociology of journalism, gender and cultural studies.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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