Grant Recipients

2018 Early Career Researcher emma Annual Conference Grant 

José María Valero Pastor, Miguel Hernández University, Spain

“It has been a great pleasure to participate in the 2018 edition of the EMMA Annual Conference, as it has allowed me to get in contact with a lot of inspirational scholars from all over Europe, and to join the outstanding EMMA community. Furthermore, this experience has provided me new academic approaches to the topics I investigate, so I has been very productive for me”.

José María Valero Pastor is a research associate and PhD student at the Department of Social and Human Sciences of Miguel Hernández University in Elche, Spain. His research interests are media innovation and, more specifically, transformation in the internal organization of journalistic companies. He also focuses his investigations in knowledge management and transference in this organizations and its effects upon the culture of this companies.  He is also graduate in Journalism from Miguel Hernández University, where he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Media Innovation. During the 2016/2017 academic year, he was selected to benefit from a research grant awarded by UMH, and he is now part of the Department of Social and Human Sciences of the UMH thanks to another grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. He has assigned teaching in the subjects of Redacción Periodística, Lenguaje y Técnicas del Periodismo Impreso and Reporterismo in the Journalism Degree of the UMH, and has been coordinator of the Content Module and tutor of Final Master’s Works in Journalism Innovation Master from the UMH.


2018 emma Summer School Grant 

Dongjoon Lee, University of Warwick, UK

“Since I attempt to investigate the theories of organisational studies and management in the creative sector, my current project has been quite a challenging journey across different fields of business, management and cultural studies. The emma doctoral summer school has provided a great opportunity to clarify my ideas and to earn the insightful feedback from other PhD participants. At the same time, Bournemouth was beautiful with beaches and nice weather. This will be a memorable event!”

Dongjoon Lee is conducting PhD in creative industries at the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, the University of Warwick. The current thesis topic is about the organisational change and leadership in the creative industries in the Korean pop music (K-pop) context. The study attempt to analyse the narratives of artist-leaders setting out a vision and a brand identity. He holds a Juris Doctor in law and a Bachelor of Business administration and is an awardee of Korean Oversees Government Scholarship. Previous research papers and projects include Governmental communications and Cultural policies and legal issues in Tourism.


Samuel Tickell, University of Ghent, Belgium

“It was an incredible opportunity to receive the emma Summer School Grant and attend the School in Bournemouth. It gave me the opportunity to present my research and gain insight from my peers and other professors in the industry – something that is invaluable. Equally, hearing from other researchers in the area and learning about funding and publications will undoubtedly assist me greatly in the future. The School was exceptionally well organised, in a beautiful location and has allowed me to network with my peers. Without doubt, this grant and the emma Doctoral Summer School has already proven to be beneficial.”

Samuel Tickell is undertaking his PhD in the Research Group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (MICT) at the University of Ghent in Belgium. He has worked in public relations and motorsport communications for more than 10 years in Australia before moving to Belgium. His research interest in motorsport broadcasting and fan engagement comes after working as media on motorsport events including Formula 1, the World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship. Moving into research, the emma Doctoral Summer School Grant helped him to develop as a researcher and improve his research project which is looking into the move OTT for the World Rally Championship and fan behaviour.


2017 Early Career Researcher emma Annual Conference Grant

Laura Olkkonen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

“The emma conference was a great forum for gaining the latest insight and for meeting an inspirational crowd of international scholars with shared interest in media management. With the emma Early Career Researcher Grant, I was able to get involved in the emma community that felt very welcoming for young scholars.”

Laura Olkkonen has received her PhD in 2015 from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has published her work on corporate responsibility and stakeholder relations in media organizations in Journal of Media Business Studies and Journal of Media Ethics. Currently she works at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT School of Business and Management, Finland, where she focuses on corporate responsibility, sustainability and business ethics. At emma 2017 conference she presented a study of how the biggest Finnish media companies report their corporate responsibility and how they combine business ethics and journalism ethics.

Gianna Ehrlich, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

“It was an amazing experience to participate in my first emma conference in the beautiful city of Ghent. The various panels, especially the session on brand management in the media industry, provided valuable insights for my own research interests and the community is very friendly and engaging. I am looking forward to being part of next year’s conference in Warsaw!”

Gianna Ehrlich is a research associate and PhD student at the Department of Communication of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She works in the Media Business Division. Her research interests include media branding and advertising research with a focus on hybrid advertising techniques. The study she presented at this year’s emma conference in Ghent examined the effects of Native Advertising on brand equity of media and advertising companies, persuasion knowledge of the recipient and media credibility. Gianna Ehrlich is a co-speaker of MedienökonomieJR (Media EconomicsJR), which is a network for early-career researchers with a link to the Media Economics Group of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK). It addresses scholars who are interested in a variety of issues in the field of media economics and media management and search for an informal, uncomplicated and interdisciplinary exchange.