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Dr. Chris Armstrong

Research Associate, LINK Centre

Dr. Chris Armstrong—PhD (Wits), Master of Journalism (Carleton), BA (Queen’s)—joined the LINK Centre in 2003. His teaching focus areas are broadcasting and digital media, and his research work spans across broadcasting policy, media studies, intellectual property rights, access to knowledge (A2K), knowledge governance, and open innovation. He established the LINK Centre's Certificate in Broadcasting Policy and Regulatory Trends in 2006, and participated in its re-launch in 2017 as the Certificate in Broadcasting and Digital Media Policy-Regulatory Trends.

Armstrong's PhD dissertation focused on South African TV policy, and he has published articles on community media, broadcast digital migration, Africa's A2K movement, and knowledge management in African small-enterprise innovation settings. He served in 2005-06 as a Researcher for the LINK Centre's Commons-Sense Project on Africa's digital information commons, and from 2007 to 2011 as Research Manager of the eight-country African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) network. He then participated in the expansion of ACA2K, in 2011, into the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network, and served as Open AIR’s Publishing and Communications Consultant from 2011 to 2014. He is currently an Open AIR Research Associate, working with Open AIR researchers in both South Africa and Canada, doing research on the maker movement.

Armstrong was one of the editors of the books Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (UCT Press, 2010) and Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press, 2014). He serves as Publishing Editor of the LINK Centre journal, The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC).

Before joining LINK, Armstrong served for five years as a community radio trainer, producer and project officer with two South African NGOs: the Centre for Democratic Communications (CDC) and the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF). Before that he worked as a print and radio journalist in Canada, Japan and South Africa.