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Andre, Marie Kettlie

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À propos

Marie K. Andre (PhD in Communications, 2011) is a Scientific Researcher at the Network of Unesco Chair in Communications, Orbicom. She has 5 years of experience in various orders of education: 
a) Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); 
b) Université de Montréal; 
c) Riverside School Board. She has undertaken several internships and has done research work in Latin America and in the Caribbean through international cooperation. In addition, she has over seven years of experience in public relations and communications within non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Her areas of expertise extend to:

a) Com and Pol. – USA (Ph.D.): Human Communications − Conceptual, cross-cultural and international dimensions of communication studies (particularly in the United States), − Ethics and Republican conversation − Communications, United States and public space − American foreign politics.

b) Com and Dev. (M.A.): Communication and international development; International development and conflict resolution.

c) ITC and social media (CoLab): Social usages of ICT’s and ethical issues; Communication foundations of sociotechnical designs; New technologies, sustainable development and collaborative platforms.

Her research interests focused on understanding human communications, mainly using the works of Lee Thayer on active reception and his five areas of studies in communication to have a better understanding of how the world works. Her main research centered on the ethics of Republican conversation in the ongoing continuation of permanent war in the United States. She has argued that this state has produced a fundamental contradiction in the American republican “conversation” in the way that the very conditions of producing a democratic republic include anti-democratic agendas.

She has also conducted research on how to empower locals to structure their own reconstruction process. For instance, she conducted an ethnographic investigation on the prospects of social reconstruction with four target groups of Haitians, resulting in a portfolio entitled « Social Reconstruction Initiatives ».

She participated in the implementation and the management of a research project, Mon portail Colab, subsidized by the Quebec government to design a collaborative platform for socio-economic enhancement of knowledge in Quebec’s innovation communities. One of her functions was to act as a designer of public communications strategy or a mediator for cultural intervention through social media and collaborative platforms. Finally, in the line of her research, she came to develop a profound interest for collaborative platforms and living labs. Since they appear to be the new tools for social development by allowing communities or individuals to share knowledge, she wonders what kind of rules or ethics apply to the users and the designers to ensure good collaboration and the sustainability of the networks. Her current research activities include:

• Designing platforms to enable users to act responsibly and morally − designing new governance strategies and ethic norms to support virtual habitats and cities.
• Communication design for social change − sustainable development and democratization of creativity process and creativity in general.
• Finding ways to facilitate complex interactions between different entities: for instance within digital media and human activities generated in social, political and economical complex environment.

Professional Experience

Research Associate 2012 – to present
ORBICOM – International Secretariat of UNESCO Chairs in Communication

Research Associate 2010 – 2012
UQAM – Laboratoire de communautique appliquée (LCA/ Colab)

Lecturer and Head TA (seasonal) 2006 – 2011
Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal

Research Assistant 2003 – 2010
UQAM – Laboratoire de communautique appliquée (LCA)

Director of Communications 2002-2003
Quebec Council for Latin America

Communications Officer 2002
Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

Communications Officer and Administrative Assistant 2000 – 2002
ORBICOM – International Secretariat of UNESCO Chairs in Communication

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