Ludek Stavinoha


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Ludek is Lecturer in Media and International Development.

His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of humanitarian communication, political sociology, and digital migration studies. 

His current research explores the politics of grassroots humanitarianism, migrant solidarity and border control in Europe through ethnographic research on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Kos. The project focuses on two related areas:

(1) how grassroots volunteers have transformed the humanitarian landscape through everyday practices of care and solidarity in and beyond the refugee camps;

2) how refugees exercise their political agency through everyday acts of resistance within camps and digital media spaces to contest the logic and language of their confinement.

His work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed publications as well as contributions in Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Balkan Insight, EU Observer and OpenDemocracy.

He is also collaborating with Lighthouse Reports - a non-profit based in the Netherlands that leads in-depth cross-border journalistic investigations. 


Previously, his doctoral research explored the role of the news media in the global politics of HIV/AIDS and the campaign for access to life-saving medicines in the Global South.

Ludek teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, in areas including humanitarian communication, media representations of development, and media framing of social movements. He is co-Director (with Dr Martin Scott) of the new BA Media and International Development programme.

Before joining the School of International Development in September 2015, he was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath (2013-2015) and also taught at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Academic Background

  • 2014 - PhD in Sociology, University of Strathclyde
  • 2007 - MA in European Studies (cum laude), Maastricht University
  • 2006 - BA in European Studies, Maastricht University

Teaching Interests

I am the programme co-director (with Dr Martin Scott) of the BA Media and International Development programme. I currently teach on the following modules:


  • Humanitarian Communication (Convenor)
  • Wars and Humanitarian Crises
  • Communication for Development
  • Public Policy and Welfare
  • Migration and Development


  • Media and International Development
  • Global Media Studies
  • Conflict, Civil Wars and Peace


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions