Applied Policy Research

Media Ecosystem Observatory

The Media Ecosystem Observatory is an emerging project that investigates the integrity of the public sphere. Professor Taylor Owen is a co-principal investigator of the project. The objective is to develop an evidence-based model for information ecosystem health, in order to both better understand the online harms and digital threats to democracy, and to safeguard against it.


The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University (CIPSS) and Université de Montréal (CEPSI) brings together researchers interested by issues related to international peace and security as well as global governance and international cooperation. Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh directs this initiative, which facilitates research through public activities such as academic presentations and its annual Student Conference. 

Digital Democracy Project

The Digital Democracy Project is a joint initiative led by the Ottawa-based Public Policy Forum and the Max Bell School of Public Policy. The project will study the media ecosystem in the run-up to and during Canada’s October 2019 federal election by monitoring digital and social media and by conducting both regular national surveys and a study of a metered sample of online consumption. 

Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge Winners Announced 

The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge has awarded 18 Research Awards ranging from $3,000 to $75,000 to research teams from Canada and abroad, in support of academic research into the impacts and uses of digital media during the 2019 Federal Election in Canada.


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