Department of Media and Communications,
The London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K.
The paper looks at the key challenges and opportunities that the growing urbanisation of the world presents to media and communications research in the 21st century. Media and communications research is both well-positioned and slow in addressing many of the cultural and communicational developments associated with urbanisation. The paper will argue for comparative transnational approaches in communication studies that (i.) develop conceptual and methodological tools to record and understand the commonalities and differences between the ways cities are communicated; (ii.) reflect on the globalisation of the media city phenomenon while understanding its internal differences and contradictions; and (iii.) engage with the challenges presented to identity and citizenship in the urban highly mediated contemporary societies.