Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Dr Václav Štětka

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Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies

Václav received his PhD in sociology from Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, where he then worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Studies. Between 2009 and 2013 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, working on an ERC-funded project Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Václav moved to Prague in 2013, having been appointed a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Charles University. There, he established the Political Communication Research Group which focuses on the role of social media in political communication and civic participation. In 2016 he joined the Department of Social Studies, Loughborough University, becoming Lecturer and member of the new Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

His research interests encompass political communication and the role of new media, media systems in Central and Eastern Europe, media ownership and journalistic autonomy.

Václav was a member of the Executive Board of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) between 2015-2016, and since 2016 he is Vice-Chair of the Political Communication Section of ECREA.

Since 2018 he is member of the Network of European Political Communication Scholars (NEPOCS).

Apart from the Oxford-based MDCEE project (2009-2013), Václav has participated in a number of international research projects and networks, including EU Kids Online (2006-2009), COST A30 “East of West: Setting a New Central Eastern European Media Research Agenda” (2005-2009) or COST IS 1308 “Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics” (2014-2018).  In 2013 he was awarded a research grant by the Czech Science Foundation as Principal Investigator of the project “The role of social media in political communication and civic participation in the Czech Republic” (2014-2016). Since 2015 he has been participating in the project Media Pluralism Monitor (European University Institute, Florence) and contributing to the Digital News Report (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford).

Václav’s teaching profile has included courses on media globalization, political communication and new media, as well as classes on communication research methods, particularly on content analysis.

  • Stetka, V.; Surowiec, P.; & Mazak, J. (forthcoming in 2018) Facebook as an instrument of election campaigning and voters’ engagement: comparing Czechia and Poland. European Journal of Communication (accepted for publication).
  • Maier, J.; Faas, T., Rittberger, B., …, Stetka, V., …& Zavecz, G. (2018) This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens’ and its consequence for EU democracy – evidence from a quasi-experiment in 24 countries. Journal of European Public Policy, Vol.25 (4), 606-629.
  • Surowiec, P. and Štětka, V. (eds.) (2017) Social Media and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Routledge. 207p.
  • Surowiec, P. and Štětka, V. (2017) Introduction: social media, politics and democracy in post-transition Central and Eastern Europe. In Surowiec, P. & Štětka, V. (eds.) Social Media and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Routledge. 207p., pp. 1-20.
  • Mackova, A.; Stetka, V.; Zapotocky, J.; & Hladik, R. (2017) Who is afraid of the platforms? Adoption of and strategies for use of social media by politicians in the Czech Republic. In Surowiec, P. & Štětka, V. (eds.) Social Media and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Routledge. 207p., pp. 23-44.
  • Hladík, R. and Štětka, V. (2017) The Powers that Tweet, Journalism Studies, 18 (2), 154-174.
  • Vochocová, L.; Štětka, V.; Mazák, J. (2016). Good girls don’t comment on politics? Gendered character of online political participation in the Czech Republic. Information, Communication & Society, 19 (10), 1321-1339.
  • Cisar, O. & Stetka, V. (2016). Czech Republic: The Rise of Populism from the Fringes to the Mainstream. In Aalberg, T. et al. (eds.) Populist Political Communication in Europe. Routledge.
  • Stetka, V. & Mackova, A. (2016) Walking the Party Line? Determinants of Facebook's adoption and use by Czech parliamentarians. Medijske Studije 7(14):157-175.
  • Stetka, V. (2015). The Rise of Oligarchs as Media Owners. In Zielonka, J. (ed.) Media and Politics in New Democracies. Europe in a Comparative Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 85-98.
  • Vochocova, L.; Stetka, V. & J. Mazak (2015). Good girls don’t comment on politics? Gendered character of online political participation in the Czech Republic. Information, Communication & Society, published online first 25 Sep 2015. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1088881
  • Hladík, R. & Stetka, V. (2015). The Powers That Tweet: Social Media as News Sources in the Czech epublic. Journalism Studies, published online first 4 Aug 2015. DOI:     10.1080/1461670X.2015.1046995
  • Balčytienė, A., Bajomi-Lázár, P., Stetka, V. & Sükösd M. (2015). Oligarchization, de-Westernization and vulnerability: Media between democracy and authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of Media, Cognition and Communication 3 (1), pp.119-141.
  • Jebril, N., Loveless, M. & Stetka, V. (2015). Media and Democratisation: Challenges for an Emerging Sub-Field. Medijske Studije 6 (11): 84, 98–97, 98.
  • Lilleker, D., Tenscher, J. & Stetka, V. (2015). Towards Hypermedia Campaigning? Perceptions of New Media’s Importance for Campaigning by Party Strategists in Comparative Perspective.  Information, Communication & Society 18 (7): 747–65. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2014.993679.
  • Stetka, V. & Vochocová, L. (2014) A dialogue of the deaf, or communities of debate? The use of Facebook in the 2013 Czech Parliamentary Elections campaign. Teorija in Praksa 51(6),1361-1380.
  • Stetka, V. & Mazák, J. (2014) Whither slacktivism? Political engagement and social media use in the 2013 Czech Parliamentary Elections. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 8(3), article 7. doi: 10.5817/CP2014-3-7
  • Stetka, V. (2014) The watchdogs that only bark? Media and political accountability. In Głowacki, M.; Lauk, E.; Balcytiene, A. (eds.) Journalism that Matters. Views from Central and Eastern Europe. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 35-60.
  • Štětka, V. and Örnebring, H. (2013) Investigative journalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Autonomy, Business Models and Democratic Roles. International Journal of Press/Politics, 18(4), 413-435.
  • Štětka, V. (2012) From Multinationals to Business Tycoons: Media Ownership and Journalistic Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe. International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 17 (4), pp. 433-456.