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PhD projects

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

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Personal profile

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Media freedom; International journalism; Foundation-funded journalism; Representations of Africa; Celebrity humanitarianism; Audiences of distant suffering.


I am an Associate Professor in Media and International Development. My research and teaching focusses on the intersection of media studies and development studies. I am currently researching media’s influence on humanitarian 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. These issues are also explored in my book Media and Development (Zed Books, 2014). Most of my publications are available, open access, below.

I am a co-director of MA in Media and International Development (MAMID) and BA in Media and International Development (BAMID). I convene and teach on the modules: Media, Communication and Social Change (MSC), Global Media Studies (GMS) and Media and International Development (MID).  

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), Alena Mizinova (Intersecting identities in prolonged low-intensity conflict), Sofia Miranda (Mediated discourses of capitalism in Chile), Zhe Xu (Mediated cosmopolitanism and distant suffering in China), Kang Yan (Chinese literary journalism) and Jorge Ruiz Zevallos (Indigenous filmmaking in Peru).

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