Research Initiatives

Our faculty are well known for their cutting-edge methodologies and innovative research
and have developed transdiciplinary strategic initiatives to address
the most pressing global communication issues of our time.

Health Communication Initiative

The Health Communication Initiative explores the complexities of health communication in an increasingly global world and provides guidance and locally-specific solutions on how to influence effective health-related communication.

The Transformation Project

The Transformation Project focuses on communicatively transforming lives and relationships at all levels of human interaction, promoting creative change processes that encourage healthy communication patterns, collaborative group behavior, and equitable forms of social organization.

Civil, Critical and Creative Communication

Civil, Critical and Creative Communication mobilizes resources from rhetoric, performance, and critical-cultural studies to explore the intersections of civil, critical, and creative communication.

The Empty Space

The Empty Space is a performance venue that features scholarship developed by students and faculty. Performance projects foster theoretical and practical explorations of performance and performativity with a humanistic focus on social discourse.

Center for Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication is the production, transmission and exchange of messages in the service of an organization’s specific goals. The Center for Strategic Communication promotes advanced research, teaching and public discussions of the role of strategic communication in the public sector.

Faculty Research

Faculty and students in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication are engaged in a wide variety of research areas. We believe that advanced research, teaching and public discussion of communication in today's society must interrogate the very means by which we conduct and represent our knowledge.