Interactive communication, telecommunication and multimedia 

This line of research comprises a vast programme of research into Information and Communication Technologies (ITC), focusing on aspects of convergence, planning and social demands, as well as media mutations, new media and new content and services. The study of the consequences arising from the emergence of net-based communication is another relevant aspect of the activity carried out in this line which includes studies on the Information Society. The programme is complimented by pioneering experimental research, which had already begun in 1990, aimed at designing, producing and testing interactive television programmes and offline and online multimedia applications.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by and from companies and institutions such as DGMCS, DGICYT, ICB, BSCH, DGA, FUNDESCO, IDATE, UQAM, EU (MEDIA, ALFA and LEONARDO Programmes), CAC and NATO.


Communication and studies of genre

Studies of genre are another line of research undertaken by GRISS, with studies of production routines and the presence of women as objects and subjects of information in radio and television (1989). This line is extended by the arrival of interactive systems and is focused on discovering the changes that are caused by the use of technologies in the processes of manufacturing information products and the consequences that arise for the professionals involved in such processes.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by, and from companies and institutions such as IM, Ministry of Culture, ICD and the Ministry of Social Affairs.


Audience and reception studies

This line of research deals with qualitative audience surveys that we have undertaken both in the field of the study of techniques as in their application to specific audience surveys for radio and television. Additionally we have undertaken the study and verification of various qualitative techniques and their application to the types of relation to television and its consumption, to the use of radio and television by local audiences, to the types of consumption of new media, the reception of political communication, radio consumption and children’s television, teenage consumption, etc. For the qualitative studies we have used various techniques proven by the Social Sciences, but we have mainly opted for an ethnographic methodology.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by, and from companies and institutions such as DGICYT, CICYT, DGMCS, CIRIT, Istituto Gemelli, INPUT, CIC, Planeta, SER and Onda Cero


Studies of genre and production routines

This line of research deals with those studies we carry out on the organization and the production activity in audiovisual media and new digital media and production routines, as well as their consequences for content. The projects undertaken in this line focus on currents in news making and gate keeping complemented by professional sociology and studies of content. Additionally we focus on the study of genre, their function and transformation, as well as formal, aesthetic and structural innovations arising from technological innovation.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by, and from companies and institutions such as DGMCS, CIRIT, AICE, ICD and CIC.


History of audiovisual media

The analysis of the communication media is addressed from an historical perspective, which allows an in depth understanding of its development and the structural trends of each period. The pioneering studies on the history of radio broadcasting in Catalonia in 1981 were in this line and have been followed by an important number of contributions both dealing with radio and television media and have recently seen the addition of research into interactive media.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by, and contracts with, institutions such as CIRIT, IORTV, CIC, Direcció General de Radiodifusió i Televisió, Ministry of Culture, The Association of Journalists in Catalonia, EMUC, The Diputació of Barcelona, DGMCS, FUNDESCO, ANTENNACINEMA and IDATE.


Innovation in formats, genres and advertising insertion methods

The transformation of the comunication system, derived from the digitalization process and the consequent deregulation has increased the competitiveness that gives advertising a central role in the financing of the resulting system. Traditional media have had to change their advertising strategies and develop a wide range of formats and insertion methods that could help them to get a piece of the cake in a context with more competitors than ever. On the other hand, new digital and online media increase competitiveness for the same resources and benefit of interactive possibilities. All this stresses the innovation of genres, formats and advertising insertion methods.

Projects developed in this field benefited from financing obtained in competitive official announcements and contracts with companies and institutions like InfoCorp, Consell Assessor de la ràdio i la televisió a Catalunya, DGMCS, GCO, Fundación Alternativas, CAC and ICD


Experimental research in image, sound and synthesis

This line of research deals with the phonoaesthetic expression of voice, the acoustic model of credibility and its interaction with images. This line of experimental research centres on producing sound visual, and audiovisual texts, which are played to captive audiences in the group laboratory, to verify or refute the hypotheses formulated.

Several of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by CIRIT, DGR, CICYT and DGCYT.


Políticas de comunicación, estructura del sistema audiovisual e industrias culturales

Esta línea se centra en el análisis y estudio de las políticas de comunicación, elemento clave en la organización, diseño y planificación de los sistemas audiovisuales, así como en la configuración de los mecanismos de regulación y control, la garantía de democratización y la modelización de los servicios públicos. Las industrias culturales, son industrias, pero trabajan con material “sensible” y por tanto la reglamentación es una exigencia básica de las políticas de comunicación democráticas.

Los diferentes proyectos realizados en esta línea han contado con la financiación en convocatorias competitivas y contratos con instituciones como DGICYT, CAC, MCYT, DGA, DGMCS, CIRIT, IORTV, EUROMEDIA, IDATE, FUNDESCO, AICE o FUNDACIÓN ALTERNATIVAS.


Communication policies, structure of the audiovisual system and cultural industries

This line of research deals with the analysis and study of communication policies, a key factor in the organization, design and planning of audiovisual systems, as well as the configuration of the mechanisms of regulation and control, guaranteeing democratisation and modelling public services. Cultural industries are industries, but they work with “sensitive” material and therefore regulation is a basic demand of democratic communication policies.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions organised by, and contracts with, institutions such as DGICYT, CAC, MCYT, DGA, DGMCS, CIRIT, IORTV, EUROMEDIA, IDATE, FUNDESCO, AICE or FUNDACIÓN ALTERNATIVAS.


Television programming

This is a study on international trends in television programming, the structure of genres, the emergence of new formats, the structure of production, grid design and modelling, broadcasting techniques, generalist and specialised offers, the circulation of products, trends in advertising, policies on advertising placement.

Various of the projects in this line of research have obtained funding in competitive competitions and from companies and institutions such as VQPT-RAI, RTVE, AQPCT, MEDIASET, MCYT, CAC, BASKERVILLE and INFOCORP.