Disinformation and adherence to conspiracy theories
Through various subsidized projects, Dr. Carignan, in her capacity as UNESCO-PREV Chair, is studying different aspects of the phenomena of disinformation and conspiracy theories such as the ways adhesion to theories takes place, the links between this belief and sympathy for victims of violence, or the behaviour of people who share conspiracy theories online. With this extensive research, which is looking at these phenomena in 8 different countries, the team hopes to better understand the conditions of the concerning rise of conspiratorial thought. This will be crucial information for future interdisciplinary work on how to deal with the phenomenon.
Researcher: Marie-Ève Carignan