Daniela Orr (Korbas-Magal), Ph.D.


Dr. Daniela Orr (Korbas-Magal), Post-Doctoral Fellow

With a B.A. in journalism and communication studies and political science, an M.A. (Cum Laude) in political theory, and a background as an officer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, I turned to study the complex relationship between scientists, spokespeople, and the media.

My Ph.D. dissertation was titled: “The practical bias in health and environment risk communication”, and was written under the supervision of Professor Amit Schejter and Professor Zvi Reich at the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University.

I have a vast experience in lecturing research methods, communication theory, and science and risk communication at Ben-Gurion University, the Open University, and Achva College.

Currently I am a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology, Where I carry out research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari. We examine the epistemology of public debates in the social media on public health issues. Along with our research group, we are looking at the facebook debate on the Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV), as well as the debate on the fluoridation of drinking water.

My research interests include science communication, risk communication, epistemology, political and communication theory.

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The Polio vaccination in the social media: Between knowledge and trust

The role social media play in science-related debates: Fluoridation of drinking water in Israel


Orr, D., Baram-Tsabari, A., & Landsman, K. (2016).
Social media as a platform for health-related public debates and discussions: The Polio vaccine on Facebook. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 5(34). DOI:  10.1186/s13584-016-0093-4