Department: Ciencias de la Comunicación y Trabajo Social

Research institute: IUNE institute

Area: Journalism

Research group: Laboratorio de Investigación sobre Medios y sus Efectos


Research field: Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas

Doctor by the Universidad de La Laguna with the thesis Tratamiento informativo de las crisis humanitarias una aproximación a través de la teoría del 'framing' 2013. Supervised by Dr. José Manuel de Pablos Coello, Dr. Concha Mateos Martín.

Dr. Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu is a senior research fellow in the 'Viera y Clavijo' Excellence Program at the Department of Cognitive, Social and Organizational Psychology at the Universidad de La Laguna. Ardèvol-Abreu obtained his doctoral degree in Communication Science for his dissertation about news media framing of humanitarian crises in December 2013, after having completed predoc research stays at the Universities of Texas at Austin (with Professor Emeritus Maxwell McCombs) and Autónoma de Nuevo León (México). For this work he was awarded the International Doctor’s Degree Extraordinary Prize (2014). Dr. Ardèvol’s research interests focus on new media and political communication. He is particularly engaged in the enquiry about positive and negative effects of internet-based media use on civic and democratic life. His latest publications explore potential implications of new media-related phenomena for democracy and political participation: conspiracy beliefs, fake news, citizen journalism, political polarization, or online political discussion. Closely connected to research in political communication—from both a theoretical and empirical perspective—, Alberto has examined the effects of media portrayal of immigration, minorities, and impoverished countries. Already in his doctoral thesis, and relying on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods (in-depth interviews and media content analysis), he tackled some of these issues in ‘Humanitarian crises in the media: an approach through the framing theory’. Alberto Ardèvol Abreu’s publications on these topics also include the visual coverage of immigration, ethical standards and recommendations for news reporting on war and humanitarian crises, and communication strategies to promote the integration of minorities. Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu is also engaged in theory building and theory testing in Communication (especially in connection with framing and agenda-setting theories). He has participated in research projects on the third level of the agenda-setting theory (together with Professor McCombs at the University of Texas), and the typology of news media frames. Some of his short- and medium-term research objectives as a media psychology scholar include further exploring the connection between new media use (including social media, online media more generally, and smartphone use) and psychological well-being (e.g., stress, anxiety, and life-satisfaction).