Cato Waeterloos

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.

Cato Waeterloos
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Civic participation
Political Participation
Digital media


Cato Waeterloos is a junior researcher at the imec research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (Ghent University). She joined the research group in October 2018 as a PhD candidate. Cato holds a master’s degree in Communications Sciences with a specialization in New Media and Society. Her master’s thesis focused on digital storytelling and innovative formats in journalism. More specifically, she examined the potential of long-form multimedia journalism among news consumers in Flanders using qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews and observations.

Currently, Cato is working on a BOF-funded research project under the supervision of Prof. dr. Koen Ponnet and Prof. dr. Michel Walrave. During this project, she will explore the role of digital platforms in different forms of political and civic expression and activism.