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Dr. Amanda J. Porter

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 89493
  • Room nr:5a-64
  • E-mail:a.j.porter@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der economische wetenschappen en bedrijfskunde ( i,l&i )
  • Position:Postdoctoral Researcher


Tuesday and Thursday.


  • Technology and social media 
  • Interorganizational/Stakeholder collaboration
  • Communicative constitution of organizations
  • Globalization & environmental communication
  • Qualitative methodologies


My research adopts a communication lens to investigate relationships between organizations and stakeholders using technology and social media to respond to complex social problems. I have investigated these relationships most recently in the context of the climate change debate. I examined how social media was used as a mode of participation to debate the global governance of climate change and how meanings around climate change were negotiated and constructed between climate researchers and laypersons in online communication forums.

In other research projects I examined how participatory technologies enabled and constrained civic participation in the context of interorganizational community partnerships. I have also examined how communication technologies supported the formation of an emergent organization in the context of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.


  • Hellsten, I., Porter, A.J., & Nerlich, B. (Forthcoming). Rio 1992 and 2012: A comparison of news coverage in British and Dutch national newspapers. Journal of Environmental Communication.
  • Porter, A. J. & Hellsten, I. (Forthcoming). Investigating Social Media Responses to Complex Social Problems Using a Multi Determinant Framework: The Case of Climategate on YouTube. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.
  • Porter, A.J. (2013). Emergent Organization and Responsive Technologies in Crisis: Creating Connections or Enabling Divides? Management Communication Quarterly, (27)1, 6-33.DOI: 10.1177/0893318912459042
  • Kuhn, T. & Porter, A.J. (2010) Heterogeneity in knowledge and knowing: A social practice perspective. In H. Canary & R. McPhee (Eds.), Communication and organizational knowledge: Contemporary issues for theory and practice.(pp. 18-34). Routledge.


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