Jonas De Meulenaere

Research and teaching assistant at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, UGent.

Jonas De Meulenaere     |     +329 264 67 11


Social media
Media practices
Social capital
Civic engagement


Jonas De Meulenaere holds a master of science in media and communication, obtained at Ghent University (2010). After graduating he started as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he was part of the imec-SMIT-VUB research group (2011-2014). There he was involved in several imec research projects that focused on digital media in the home and video quality. From 2014 onwards Jonas works as a research and teaching assistant at Ghent University, supporting the courses Media Psychology and Sociology and Academic Writing. 

In terms of research, Jonas is interested in the wider diffusion and appropriation of media in the everyday life, with special attention for social media. From a mainly media sociological perspective, he is interested in how social media relates to collaborative consumption, gentrification, civic engagement, community engagement, place attachment and place making, community building, social capital and social relation maintenance among other things. In his research he approaches social media from a user point of view, how media are appropriated in everyday practices and as such aims to disentangle the black box of social media therein. Specifically in his PhD, Jonas investigates how social media are appropriated within urban neighbourhood networks and how this relates to the development of social capital, both online and offline, individually and collectively. His supervisors are Prof. dr. Koen Ponnet and Prof. dr. Cedric Courtois.