Hello! Here’s a few words about me

Originally from Barcelona, Raul has long stopped referring to himself in third person.

I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Media, and Communication at Karlstad University; and an associate professor in the Department of Media and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger.

My academic background is within economics and business studies. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Science; an advanced bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; and an advanced bachelor’s degree in Research and Marketing Techniques. I also hold a master’s degree in Global Media Studies (IT major), and a master’s degree in Project Management.

I obtained my PhD in 2018, at Karlstad University. My dissertation explores the use of game-thinking and game-mechanics in digital journalism. In 2019 I was awarded the FSMK (Swedish national media and communication research association) Best Dissertation Award.

My current research focuses on broader aspects of digital journalism, audience engagement, and the implications and impact of data and digital technologies in various aspects of daily life. My work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Television and New Media. I have had the pleasure and opportunity to present my research at various international conferences, such as ICA, ECREA, The Future of Journalism, AoIR, and Persuasive.

My teaching is both practice-oriented (such as Web production; Web and digital image; and Business by Web and Web Analytics) and theory-oriented (such as Digital aesthetics; Media and online cultures; and Contemporary media theory and research methods)

At the moment, I am the vice-chair of the Journalism Studies Division of NordMedia. Previously, I had the privilege to server as the president of the Graduate Student Association at Karlstad University; the vice-chair of the Yecrea Network; and the student representative for the Journalism Studies Division and the Mobile Communication Interest Group of ICA, as well as the student representative for the Digital Games Research section of ECREA.

As a result of having a binational background and experiencing the joy of living abroad, I speak five languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, Swedish and Greek.

Outside of academia, I have extended experience working in the field of IT, with 14 years as a web designer and developer.
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