De senaste sex veckorna har Eimanté Zolubiené besökt RCR för att arbeta med sin avhandling om hur risker rapporteras och beskrivs i nyhetsmedia på Internet.

Eimanté är doktorand i sociologi vid Kaunas University of Technology i Litauen. Under sin vistelse i Östersund har hon bland annat föreläst på risk- och krishanteringsprogrammet och presenterat sitt avhandlingsprojekt i olika sammanhang.

Vi ställde några frågor till Eimanté innan hon återvände till Litauen. (Intervjun är på engelska).

Why did you choose to visit RCR?

For me, RCR seemed like a perfect place to do an internship for several reasons. Firstly, the center seeks to develop knowledge about how risk is perceived and assessed and how crises are managed, all for the benefit of society. Secondly, it unites quite a big group of professionals working in the field of my interests. And, finally, it allows analyzing phenomena related to risk in the light of sociological imagination. This was important for me as a sociologist as well.

What is your overall impression of the time spent at RCR?

Time just flies! I have realized this once more after spending more than one month at the RCR.

This internship has definitely enriched my experience and given me a broader understanding of the ways in which researchers can contribute while increasing and strengthening the awareness of risk and crisis situations among society members. From my point of view, interdisciplinary and collaborative activities make the RCR outstanding as well as help to join forces of different entities leading towards a safer and better prepared society.

I found the RCR to be a flexible and relaxed place filled with wonderful people! And finally, I just can’t not mention the perfect idea of fika, which always reminds us of the need of real social communication in a society drowned in virtual interactions and digital information.

Finally, can you explain your doctoral work in brief?

In my doctoral work I aim to reveal how online news media socially construct the general discourse of risk. Particularly, it seeks to shed light on the following research questions:

  1. How can the content and order of the risk discourse be characterized and how has it changed over time?
  2. Who are the speaking voices of the discourse and how do they socially construct the discourse of risk?
  3. What are the similarities and differences among the thematic risk discourses and how do they interact with each other?

I accepted the challenge to analyse the risk discourse emerging in online news media from a holistic approach, including an analysis of different areas of risk: economic, political, cultural, environmental, technological as well as related to health.

I hope to find the answers to my research questions following the principals of the Critical discourse analysis as well as the ideas of System Theory (Luhmann, 1984, 1986) and Discourse Theory (Foucault, 1970). If you are interested in risk communication and some day would like to investigate how risks are communicated in different cultural contexts it would be pleasure for me to join you, analyzing the case of Lithuania.