Doctoral programmes

Research lines

The doctoral programme in Information and Communication is structured around four large research lines:

El programa de doctorat d’Informació i Comunicació s’articula sobre quatre grans línies de recerca: Studies on the value and use of information, Communication and audiovisual media, Libraries and information services, and Culture and digital content. It should be noted that, in line with the regulations and in order to ensure their scientific feasibility, there is a consolidated research group behind each of these research lines.

These research lines and the sublines into which they unfold are described in more detail below.

This research line tackles issues related to the collaboration, production, gender and communication of scientific production. It unfolds into several sublines:

  • Scientific communication

  • Scientific collaboration, production and assessment

  • Infometrics and bibliometrics

  • Information in healthcare

  • Structure and development of research from a gender perspective

This research line analyzes issues relating to the communicative process, media quality, the function of public service of the media, the role of the media in democratic societies, media discourse, digital skills in the knowledge society, technology and the construction of messages, metanarrative, and the theories of communication and of cultures. It unfolds into several sublines:

  • Communicative process

  • Digital skills in the knowledge society

  • Technology and the construction of messages

  • Discourse, narratives, genres and informative and communicative content

  • Theories of communication and of culture

  • The media and democracy, media quality, and public service media


This research line deals with issues related to the profile of information professionals, the different kinds of library and information units, user studies and the quality of information services. It unfolds into several sublines:

Studies on the quality of information services

  • Methods for the analysis of user satisfaction 

  • Reading habits and reading promotion programmes

  • Resources and methods for user training

  • Services for special needs audiences

  • Public libraries

  • University libraries

  • Heritage libraries

  • National libraries

  • Archive history

  • Professional profile and training

  • Professional deontology

  • Special collections

  • Formation and disintegration of heritage collections

  • Book and reading history

  • Documental heritage and memory institutions

  • Quantitative and qualitative studies on school libraries

  • Impact of school libraries on learning outcomes

  • System and service models

  • Studies on editorial production for children and teenagers

This research line is concerned with issues relating to the cultural and managerial aspects of digital collections and with the structural and exploitation features of digital content (architecture, usability, accessibility and visualization). It unfolds into several sublines:

  • Digital libraries

  • Digital publication

  • Digital heritage

  • Digital content preservation

  • Digitalization of analogic documents

  • Sustainability and repository auditing

  • Open access science

  • Economic studies on culture

  • Informative documentation

  • Metadata

  • Information architecture

  • Accessibility

  • Data visualization

  • Semantic systems and semantic interoperability