The Pol Comm Tech Lab is an academic research group focused on exploring the intersections of politics, communication, and technology.
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Led by Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, the Pol Comm Tech Lab includes students and researchers from communication studies, political science, law, computer science, and more.

The Pol Comm Tech Lab conducts research in six areas: 

  • Mean Tweets: Examines the impact of online harassment on political journalists in Canada.
  • Global Journalism Innovation Lab: Policy impact of explanatory journalism.
  • Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge: Mapping the digital ecosystem of the 2019 federal election to support increased civic and digital literacy.
  • Connected Canada Initiative: Unpacking what it means to be a digital citizen in Canada today.
  • Political Bots: Examining types of bots and their relationships with other political actors.
  • Search, Social Media, and Political Opinion Formation: Investigates the roles of social media, search, and personal influence in people’s political opinion formation process.

The Lab also produces a podcast hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Dubois: Wonks and War Roomswhere political communication theory meets on the ground strategy.

Find more about the Lab at

Elizabeth Dubois


The Lab is led by Dr. Elizabeth Dubois

Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Join the lab

  • Undergraduate students may join the Lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Directed Studies Courses, and the CLTS’ Technoships Program.
  • Graduate student supervision can be completed through a MA and PhD in Communication, or MSc and PhD in Digital Transformation and Innovation. 
  • Postgraduate, Post-Doctoral, and Visiting Fellows may work with the Lab through other opportunities. 

For more information on research, publications, current opportunities, or how to get involved, please get in touch with via [email protected].