Mass Media: The Trust Crisis
March 2018- March 2022; Role: Principal Investigator
This project argues that epistemically deficient media regulation fosters untrustworthy epistemic behaviour in the media, which, in turn, generates untrusting behaviour in the media consumer. It investigates such epistemic deficiencies and aims to impact media regulation.
Sub-project #1: Global Challenges Research: Mass Media in the Developing Countries of the Former Soviet Union:The Trust Crisis (details here)
According to the 2017 Freedom House report, public trust in media in the countries of the former Soviet Union is at an all-time low.
This project: (1) Argues that media regulation in target countries is epistemically deficient in several important ways, and (2) Aims to shed light upon the impact that said epistemic deficiencies have for (a) the trustworthiness of mass media and (b) the trusting behaviour of the consumers.
Global Challenges Research Funding for Small Pilot Projects (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, application submitted): pilot project researching the decline of trust in the media in the Republic of Moldova. For more details, go here.
British Academy Global Challenges Networking Grant (application in progress)
Sub-project #2: Mass Media: Trust and Trustworthiness (with Adam Carter and Christoph Kelp)
AHRC Research Grant - Early Career (application in progress).
The current media trust crisis is undoubtedly politically problematic; at the same time, it is also symptomatic of an interplay of various kinds of epistemic failings: for one, media consumers trust sources they shouldn’t and distrust sources they should; such defective trusting on behalf of the media consumer in turn encourages untrustworthiness in media purveyors; media purveyors of fake and otherwise misleading news prey on consumers who lack the capacity to trust well, which further disempowers such media consumers. This project investigates the interplay between trustworthiness of the media and trust in the media.
Knowledge-First Social Epistemology
March 2017- March 2021; Role: Principal Investigator (co-investigators: Adam Carter and Christoph Kelp)
Knowledge first epistemology takes knowledge as central to epistemological affairs and ventures to analyse other epistemic standings in terms of knowledge. This project extends the knowledge-first approach to issues in social epistemology, such as testimony, trust, disagreement and group belief.
Leverhulme Research Project Grant (application in progress)
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (application submitted)
The Mind Association Conference Grant (awarded, GBP 2000)
The Analysis Trust Conference Grant(awarded, GBP 500)
The Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo Conference Funding (awarded, EUR 15.000)
Epistemic Norms, A Function-First Account
October 2016 - March 2017; Role: Principal Investigator.
JuMo Early Career Mobility Funding (EUR 14.500)
FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) (conference funding, EUR 3.000)
Van de Wielefonds (conference funding, EUR 1.500).
Assertion: The Context Sensitivity Dilemma (PhD Project)
October 2013 - December 2016; Role: Principal Investigator.
Graduate Student Subsidy 89th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association (awarded by: The Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association)
Doctoral Research Allowance (awarded by KU Leuven, EUR 6.750).
Doctoral Research Scholarship (awarded by KU Leuven, EUR 105.000).