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Josep Rota



Areas of Expertise

  • Research methods
  • International communication
  • Communication and national development

Rota has taught courses, mostly at the graduate level, on communication and development, international communication, communication and cultural identity, research methods and statistics, new information technologies, international affairs, and development policy and planning. He is a member of Ohio University’s Center for Political Communication.

Research and Publications

Author of more than 150 publications, scholarly papers and presentations on topics such as communication and development; media uses and effects; communication and democratization; diffusion of information; uses and effects of new information technologies; communication and cultural identity; and issues in international affairs.
Former member of the Editorial Boards of Diálogos, the official journal of the Latin American Federation of Schools of Communication; the Journal of Communication, the Howard Journal of Communication , and the series on Communication, Culture and Social Change published by Hampton Press.

Other Professional Activities

Director and proprietor of an applied research and communication consulting company (1976-83) based in Mexico City that did work for various international organizations, Mexican government agencies, and private clients in Mexico, twelve other Latin American countries, the United States, France and Spain.

He has been a consultant to organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Mexican government, the government of Mexico City, NOTIMEX (the national news agency of Mexico), ALASEI (the Latin American Agency of Special Information Services), IMPRODIR (one of Mexico's largest marketing and public opinion research companies), FELAFACS (the Latin American Federation of Schools of Communication, which affiliates more than 300 schools of communication throughout Latin America), the government of Catalonia (Spain), and various other public and private organizations.

PhD in Communication, Michigan State University
MA in Communication, Michigan State University
BA in Mass Media, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City