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PhD projects

International Journalism; Media freedom; Communication for Development; Humanitarian Communication; Representations of Development,

Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Media freedom; International journalism; Media influence on aid; Humanitarian news; International braodcasting, Media capture, Celebrity humanitarianism; Audiences of distant suffering.


I am an Associate Professor in Media and Global Development. My research and teaching focusses on the intersection of media studies and development studies. I am currently researching media’s influence on  aid, international media freedom initiatives, international journalism and media capture. I have previously published research on foundation-funded news, representations of Africa, celebrities and development, audiences of distant suffering and the political roles of popular culture. I have authored and co-authored books on Capturing News, Capturing Democracy (2024) Humanitarian Journalists (2022), Media and Development (2014) and From Entertainment to Citizenship (2014). Most of my publications are available, open access, below.

I am a co-director of MA in Media and Global Development and BA in Global Development and Media. I convene and teach on the modules: Media, Communication and Social Change, Media, Democracy and Social Change and Media, Communication and Development.  

Through my research, I have collaborated with UNESCO, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), The New Humanitarian and Voice of America. 

I am currently co-supervising six PhD students: Kayonaaz Kalyanwala (Digital media and environmental justice), Sofia Miranda (Mediated discourses of capitalism in Chile), Kang Yan (Chinese literary journalism), Jorge Ruiz Zevallos (Indigenous filmmaking in Peru), John Chirwa (Participatory communication and DRR) and Leila Adamzad (social media discourse).

Before joining the University of East Anglia (UEA) as a lecturer in 2009, I worked as a secondary school teacher. I have taught in secondary schools in the UK, Kenya and in the British Overseas Territory of St. Helena.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Sep 2012

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Sep 2008

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Sep 2004

External positions

External examiner, MA Global Communication and Social Change, Loughborough University

External examiner, MA Media Practice for Development and Social Change, University of Sussex