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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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Technology’s mixed blessing for women journalists in Nordic nations
Maria Edström
Women Journalists in Turbulent Times: The gendered impact of historical shifts on newsrooms, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Sweden: Women Reach Parity but Gender Troubles Persist
Maria Edström
The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism , Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book


Freelance Journalists as a Flexible Workforce in Media Industries
Maria Edström, Martina Ladendorf
Journalism Practice, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Påverkar omsorgsansvar våra åsikter?
Helena Rohdén, Carin Staland Nyman, Maria Edström
I framtidens skugga. Fyrtiotvå kapitel om politik, medier och samhälle. SOM-rapport nr 56, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Myndigheter eller gräsrötter? Båda behövs.
Maria Edström
Vem granskar granskarna? : svensk mediegranskning 1988-2012 / Torbjörn von Krogh (red.), Stockholm, Stiftelsen Institutet för Mediestudier, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Intersectionality to the rescue? A cross-national analysis of equal opportunities policies and tools in four national contexts
Maria Edström, Eva-Maria Svensson, Barbara Bagilhole, Nicky Lefeuvre
8th European Feminist Research Conference, Budapest, 17-20 May 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Flexible Careers for Traditions or Modernity - Gendered Negotiations among Freelance Journalists
Maria Edström, Martina Ladendorf
ECREA 4th European Communication Conference, Istanbul, 24-27 okt 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Gendered consequences of the commercialisation of freedom of speech
Maria Edström, Eva-Maria Svensson
Gardens of Justice, Critical Legal Confernce, Stockholm, 14-16 sept 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Youth Have Their Say on Internet Governance
Catharina Bucht, Maria Edström
Göteborg, Nordicom, Göteborgs universitet, Edited book 2012
Edited book

Räkna med Kvinnor!
Maria Edström, Maria Jacobson, Simone Lindsten
Göteborg, Report 2012

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