Gordon Gow, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Director, Faculty of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
4-26 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Director, Faculty of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies


Area of Study / Keywords

Communication studies internet studies social media political economy of communication community and international development


I am a professor of media and communications currently serving as Interim Director of the Media & Technology Studies unit at the University of Alberta. I also teach in the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT program). Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2006, I was a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics where I was Director of the Graduate Programme in Media and Communications Regulation and Policy.


My research and teaching interests revolve around the social impact of digital media and technology. I have been leading collaborative research projects in digital leadership and literacy through a technology stewardship initiative with Canadian and international partners. My expertise extends to a range of areas including communication for development; community informatics; political economy of communication; communication policy and regulation; science and technology studies.

In addition, I have a longstanding interest in the field of media ecology, with a focus on the work of Marshall McLuhan, Harold Innis, and others associated with the Toronto School of Communication. I also maintain a collection of books, recordings, and other hard-to-find published material by and about Marshall McLuhan, who was born in Edmonton.


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the social impact of digital communications, looking at a variety of topics including the social construction of technology, contemporary issues in social media, online communities, digital leadership and transformation, community informatics and ICT for Development.

Graduate students with interests in these areas of research are invited to consider applying to the MA in Communications and Technology (MACT) program. Qualified students interested in pursuing doctoral studies with me will need to consider applying through Individual Interdisciplinary Studies or to contact the graduate advisor in the Department of Sociology.


I am pleased to be working with the Arts Resource Centre at the University of Alberta on a new initiative using Mastodon to establish a decentralized social media infrastructure for supporting research on community-based alternatives to big tech. Please get in touch if you are interested in knowing more about it.


COMM 590 - Conference Course in Communications and Technology

Offered by asynchronous Internet communication, in the classroom, or as a tutorial.

SOC 302 - Topics in Sociology

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of the instructor. Note: Consult the Department for any additional prerequisites. Course may be taken more than once if topic(s) vary.

Browse more courses taught by Gordon Gow


Alternative Social Media for Outreach and Engagement

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow
Publication Date: 2020
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b97Lb1fDYnOwDZBZ7hI1yROjWb3WcYKp/view?usp=sharing

Fostering effective use of ICT in agricultural extension: participant responses to an inaugural technology stewardship training program in Trinidad

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow, A. Chowdhury, J. Ramjattan, W. Ganpat
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c1U2BnTKNIU77aiNTeuGa6szPIjvL8_D/view?usp=sharing

Introducing a Technology Stewardship Model to Encourage ICT Adoption in Agricultural Communities of Practice

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow
Publication Date: 2018
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17QScmLsAXp1MkvNivkxOskMxvoGg8Nld/view?usp=sharing

Technology Stewardship Training at the University of the West Indies

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow
Publication Date: 2018
External Link: https://vimeo.com/272220978

Technology stewardship training with the University of Peradeniya [video]

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow
Publication Date: 2016
External Link: https://vimeo.com/203134225

Project Backpage Using text messaging to initiate outreach support for victims of human trafficking

Author(s): Gordon A. Gow, T. Barlott, K. Quinn, J. Linder, A. Soler, G. Edwards, S. Hossain
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Journal of Human Trafficking
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 259-274
External Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwjZ8EhyDFTNSWRDLUpzSllQbWs

Stewarding technology for inclusive innovation (video)

Author(s): Gordon Gow
External Link: https://youtu.be/N2Yefqf9wDw