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Maria Edström

Senior lecturer

Maria Edström
Senior lecturer
Associate Professor
+46 31 786 4992

Postal Address: Box 710, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1 b , 41313 Göteborg

Journalism Media and Communication (More Information)
Box 710
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4950
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1 B , 413 13 Göteborg

About Maria Edström

Maria Edström received her Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Gothenburg,Sweden, in 2006. She has a background a journalist, primarily in radio and print.


Gender, representation and human rights has been in focus for Edström during many years. Together with some colleagues she started a media watch group “Everything is Possible” in 1992. The network is still active and takes a part in collecting data for the Global Media Monitoring Project.

Edström is also involved in ethical issues and the question of freedom of expression. During nine years she was a board member of the Swedish Broadcasting Commission, a national authority that oversees radio and television broadcasts (2007-2015).

Edström served as was a regional coordinator (2009-2011) in the world wide-study “Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media” organised by International Women’s Media Foundation, IWMF.

During 2011-2012 Edstrom served as a research officer at The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research and during 2012 -2014 she worked as a research officer at Nordicom, a knowledge centre for media  & communication research, and was in charge of the Nordic Gender & Media Forum. 

Research Areas

Gender & media representation, ageing, gender equality, journalism, freedom of expression.

Current Research Project

Gender equality in the news media. 

  • Comparing gender and media equality across the globe: a cross-national study of the qualities, causes and consequences of gender equality in and through the news media. Project leader Monika Djerf- Pierre, professor in Media - and Communication research (2015-2019). Read an article about the project here.
  • Global Media Monitoring Project, scientific coordinator for Sweden  2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2015.
  • Images in the media buzz 1994-2014.

Ageing and media

Studying representation of ageing in the media as a part of the large research centre Agecap, Centre for Health and Ageing,

Recently finished project

Market-driven and Democracy-driven Freedom of expression. Project leader Eva-Maria Svensson, professor in Law (2013-2106).

Other fields of interests: Freelance journalists as flexible workforce. Consumer journalism


Mainly journalism on various levels; graduate and undergraduate courses such as Investigative journalism, Freelance journalism, Media, Journalism and Global studies. Currently teaching mainly at undergraduate level.

Part of the project team of  AGEMI -Advancing gender equality in media industries (2017-2019), financed by European Commission’s Directorate –General for Justice and Consumers.  The project  will bring journalism, media and communication students together with media professionals so as to foster a gender equality perspective within both journalism and media education and professional journalism practice, and bridge the transition between education and employment. It comprises educational components as well as knowledge-sharing among journalists students, media professional and academics. Involved parties: University of Newcastle (leading the project), JMG,  University of Padova, the European Federation of Journalists and the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM). 

Other tasks

Several former engagement in journalism issues, among other board member of Sim(o), Institute for Media Studies, 2013-2015.

  • Served as an official delegate for the Swedish Government to the sixty-second session of the UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW62), March 2018.
  • Served as an expert for EIGE 2011-2013 on gender and media.
  • Lectures frequently on gender and media nationally and internationally.
  • Member of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Gender, Media and ICT
  • Co-chair at the Gender section of IAMCR); International Association of Media and Communication Research (2008-2010)

Former member of Gender Links International Advisory Board for GMDC, Gender and Media Diversity Center.

Tweeting on @gendermaria


Search the university image database for more photos. (Search on the name or on JMG).

Latest publications

Selling short media accountability? The importance of addressing market-driven claims on media freedom
Andrew T. Kenyon, Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edström
Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics European Challenges and Perspectives, 1st Edition, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

It is Time to Expand Freedom of Expression and Include Women
Maria Edström
WOMEN LEADERS – Empowering future generations , Stockholm, GLOBAL UTMANING, Report chapter 2019
Report chapter

Agents of Change - Journalists with Aging Competence
Maria Edström
IAGG-ER Conference 2019 May 23-25., Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Ålderism i dagens mediala Sverige
Dimitrios Kokkinakis, Maria Edström
Språkbruk, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Media, capability and ageing
Maria Edström, Annika Bergström
Nordmedia 2019 Communication, Creativity and Imagination: Challenging the Field. Aug 21-23, Malmö, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Advancing gender equality in the media industries through the use of mobile journalism as innovative practice
Maria Edström, Torbjörn Fraenckel
World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) Paris July 9-11, 2019 , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Representations of age discrimination in law and media
Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edström
IAGG-ER Conference 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Ålderism i svenska nyhetsmedier.
Dimitrios Kokkinakis, Maria Edström
Svenskans beskrivning 37, 8–10.5.2019, Åbo, Finland., Poster 2019

The Swedish paradox of gender equality and the media.
Maria Edström
The EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality, Women in the Media, France 12-13 November 2018, Bryssel, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

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"Utan jämställdhet ingen yttrandefrihet"
Maria Edström
Den svære ytringsfrihed - nordiske røster /Den svåra yttrandefriheten – nordiska röster, Copenhagen, Nordic Council of Ministers , Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Afterword: Gender equality in the media - A shared responsibility
Maria Edström
TemaNord 2017:527 Women and men in the News. Report on gender representation in Nordic News content and the Nordic media Industry., Copenhagen, Nordic Council of Ministers, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Trovärdighet till salu? Etiska dilemman när reklam och journalistik blandas samman
Maria Edström
Truedson L. (red.). Näjtiv, kånntänt, brändidd– ska textreklam bli räddningen för journalistiken? , Stockholm, Institutet för Mediestudier, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book


Trovärdighet till salu?
Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edström
MEG - Mediedagarna 2016. 7-8 april 2016, Göteborg., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Visibility Patterns of Age and Gender in the Media Buzz
Maria Edström
6th European communication Conference (ECREA). Prague: 9-12 November 2016, Prague, ECREA, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Selling short media accountability? The importance of addressing market-driven claims on media freedom
Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edström, Andrew T. Kenyon
ECREA Pre-conference: Media Accountability at the Crossroads: European Challenges and Perspectives at the University of New York in Prague (Czech Republic), 8th November 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Mobilisering och undanskjutande – Paradoxen i svensk politik kring stereotyper, jämställdhet och yttrandefrihet
Eva-Maria Svensson, Maria Edström
G16, Gränser, mobilitet och mobilisering Norrköping 23-25 nov 2016., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Media researchers as mediators. Experiences from Nordic Gender & Media Forum.
Maria Edström
ECREA, 6th European Communication Conference, Nov 9-12, Prague, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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