Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Heritiana Ranaivoson

Senior Researcher

Personal Description

While digital technologies have been here for quite some time already, I am still amazed by the changes they keep triggering in the cultural and media industries and how they allow (or constrain) these industries to innovate. I am particularly interested in the impact these changes have on the diversity of the content these industries produce and recommend. And eventually the policies that are needed in this new environment. I analyse these changes using my background in industrial economics, business modelling and media policy, with a peculiar interest in combining quantitative and qualitative research.

I obtained my PhD in Economics (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 2008 on cultural diversity in the recording industry. I also studied Economics and Management at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France). Since then, and notably since I joined imec-SMIT-VUB in 2010, I have led several research projects at international and national levels for the European Commission (H2020, study contracts), the Unesco, Google, etc. I have published extensively in the fields of cultural and media diversity, media innovation, media policy, audiovisual platforms, and the economic impact of digital technologies on creative industries.