About Us

The SPP Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) is a research center of Central European University in Budapest dedicated to advancing media and communication scholarship and policy and the democratic potential of the media.

The Center produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. CMCS research and activities address media and communication policy, social media and free expression, civil society and participation, fundamental communication and informational rights, and the complexities of media and communication in transition.

The Center was initiated in 2004 through the joint efforts of CEU and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars and academic institutions; offers innovative courses across several CEU departments; provides trainings and consultancies; and organizes scholarly exchanges through workshops, lectures and conferences on current developments in the field.

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CMCS research interests and priorities include:

  • Media and communication policy: Regulations, governance, policy and information economies across media sectors and platforms;
  • Fundamental communication rights: Freedom of expression, freedom of the media, access to information and the right to privacy in the information society;
  • Media and civil society: Community, alternative and civic media, civil society engagement with policy processes, participation in public discourse;
  • New media and technology: New technologies, social media and advocacy, the transformation of broadcasting and journalism in the digital era, convergence, and mobile communications;
  • Media in transition: Media development and democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.


The CMCS collaborates with the Department of Public Policy in offering a Media, Information and Communications Policy Stream as part of the Master in Public Policy,  having played a key role in establishing this specialization, and collaborates with the Department of Political Science in offering a Certificate in Political Communication as part of the Master in Political Science. CEU also offers a PhD program at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations where students might choose to focus on communications-related topics.


CMCS is part of a global network anchored by the Center for Global Communications Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, which also includes the Programme for Media Law and Policy at Oxford.