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Who's who in the Department of Media and Communications

Academic staff

Omar Al-Ghazzi

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi
Assistant Professor | Programme Director MSc Media & Communications (& Research track) in Lent and Summer Term 2018

Expertise: global communication and comparative journalism; digital activism; collective memory; Middle East and North Africa North Africa North Africa


Dr Nick Anstead
Assistant Professor | Programme Director MSc Politics & Communication

Expertise: campaigning; citizenship; eCampaigning; ePolitics; elections; internet; new media; political participation; political parties


Dr Shakuntala Banaji
Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Studies | Programme Director MSc Media, Communication & Development

Expertise: Bollywood; Hindi cinema; South Asia; audiences; children; creativity; film studies; media education; media literacy; media; online participation; political contexts; young people; youth civic participation


Professor Charlie Beckett 
Director of Polis, the Media Policy Project and the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust & Technology

Expertise:  African media; American media; American politics; blogging; development; governance; international media; internet; journalism; new media; newspapers; online media; politics; radio; television


Dr Bart Cammaerts
Associate Professor | Programme Director MSc Media & Communications (& Research track) | On sabbatical in Lent Term and Summer Term 2018

Expertise: access; alternative media; democracy; participation; power; public sphere; social change and resistance; trans-nationalisation


Professor Lilie Chouliaraki
Chair in Media and Communications | On sabbatical in Michaelmas Term 2017 and Lent Term 2018

Expertise: corporate communication and branding; humanitarian communication; media ethics; media representations of suffering and violence; public sphere and civil action


Professor Nick Couldry 
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory | On research secondment in Michaelmas Term 2017

Expertise: celebrity culture; media and journalism ethics; media audiences; media power; reality media; social theory; sociology of culture; voice and listening

Jelena Dzakula

Dr Jelena Dzakula
LSE Fellow

Expertise: communications policy and regulation; citizenship; technological innovations; digital government


Dr Lee Edwards
Associate Professor | Programme Director MSc Strategic Communications

Expertise: social; cultural and civic uses and effects of public relations; diversity; ‘race’; inequality and public relations; the sociology of public relations as a professional field; young people; public relations; voice and recognition 


Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Assistant Professor | Programme Director MSc Media & Communications (Governance)

Expertise: communication rights; communication technologies; data profiling; data and discrimination; democratic communication; digital inclusion; media justice; privacy; public participation in communication and technology policymaking; social justice; surveillance

Myria Georgiou

Dr Myria Georgiou
Associate Professor | On sabbatical for the academic year 2017/18

Expertise: audience research; diaspora; migration and the media; identity and the media; media and the city; transnational communities and networks 


Dr Ellen Helsper
Associate Professor | On sabbatical for the academic year 2017/18

Expertise: digital exclusion; information and communication technologies (ICTs); internet; interpersonal mediated communication; media and everyday life

R Leyva

Dr Rodolfo Leyva
LSE Fellow

Expertise: media culture and neoliberalism; new media and political participation; media psychology and neuroscience; quantitative and experimental methods in media and communications research

Sonia Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology | Doctoral Programme Director | REF and Impact Coordinator

Expertise: children and new media; internet use; media audiences; media literacy; mediated participation; online risks and safety; public engagement with communication regulation 


Professor Robin Mansell
Professor of New Media and the Internet | Head of Department

Expertise: audiovisual policy; communication technologies; internet governance; new media; telecommunications policy 

Bingchun Meng

Dr Bingchun Meng 
Associate Professor | Deputy Head of Department | Programme Director MSc Global Media & Communications (with Fudan University)

Expertise: Chinese media in a globalising era; copyright law and communication; ICT and development; political economy of media and information industries 


Dr Wallis Motta
LSE Fellow

Expertise: neoliberalism; new technological urban landscapes; place-making transmedia practices; communication asset-infrastructure mapping; civic engagement; mixed methods


Dr Shani Orgad
Associate Professor | Exam Sub-Board Chair

Expertise: gender and media; globalisation; health communication; internet; media representations; mobile television; narrative; research methods


Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin
Assistant Professor

Expertise: digital maps; public participation and activism; big data; scientific infrastructures and interdisciplinarity; politics of data science


Dr Alison Powell
Assistant Professor | Programme Director MSc Media & Communications (Data & Society) | On research leave in Lent and Summer Term 2018

Expertise: technological citizenship; ethics and values in technology design; 'smart cities'; algorithmic culture; and transparency and accountability of algorithmic systems; tech culture; hacker culture; and tech activism 


Professor Terhi Rantanen 
Professor of Global Media & Communications | Programme Director MSc Global Media & Communications (with University of Southern California)

Expertise: global media; globalisation; media and democracy; media history; news; transitional media 


Dr Damian Tambini
Associate Professor | On research leave in Michaelmas Term 2017

Expertise: broadcasting; regulation; telecommunications; public sphere; freedom of speech; intellectual property; the commons 

Wendy Willems

Dr Wendy Willems 
Assistant Professor | Programme Director MSc Global Media & Communications (with University of Cape Town)

Expertise: mediated encounters; civic agency and resistance; global digital culture; mobile information technology; postcolonialism; popular culture and performance; social media 


Dr Rafal Zaborowski
LSE Fellow

Expertise: media audiences; participation and interpretation; East Asian and Japanese media; popular culture and society; music; sound; qualitative methods in cultural studies

Professional services staff


Catherine Bennett
Department Manager

Responsible for overseeing strategy in relation to Departmental financial, spatial and human resources.

Room TW3.7.01D
020 7955 6107 

James Deeley

James Deeley
Departmental Research Manager

Responsible for managing all departmental research, including doctoral research and knowledge exchange and impact activities.

Michael Etheridge

Michael Etheridge
Polis Executive Manager and Events Manager

Responsible for management of all activities relating to Polis, as well as Departmental events and the Department's visiting fellows scheme.

Nicole Garnier

Nicole Garnier
MSc Programmes Manager (Teaching Delivery)

Responsible for managing delivery of all MSc teaching and alumni relations.

Sylvia Ibezi

Sylvia Ibezi
MSc Programmes Manager (Regulations & Assessment)

Responsible for coordinating programme regulations, assessment, exams and the exam board.

Lwam Tesfay

Lwam Tesfay
Departmental Administrator

Responsible for coordinating MSc admissions and general Departmental enquiries.

Associate and visiting staff


Dr Savita Bailur
Guest Lecturer

Research interests: multi-disciplinary approaches to ICTs and development

Bruno Campanella

Dr Bruno Campanella
Visiting Fellow, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).

Expertise: media practices between celebrity and their followers and fans 


John Carr OBE
Visiting Fellow, UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Expertise: youth and the internet; digital technologies and children

Helena Chmielewska

Dr Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Visiting Fellow, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego

Expertise; political communication; journalism; political commentary


Dr Leslie Haddon
Senior Research Fellow, EU Kids Online

Expertise: ICT consumption and domestication; children and the Internet; mobile phones; social shaping of technology

David Henriques

Dr David Henriques
Visiting Fellow, Ofcom

Expertise: economic analysis of media policy; media and communications services


Dr Monica Horten
Visiting Fellow

Expertise: internet governance; telecommunications policy; privacy; copyright; freedom of expression


Professor Jim Macnamara
Visiting Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Expertise: public communication; social media; public relations; organisational listening; journalism


Claire Milne
Senior Visiting Fellow

Expertise: consumer affairs; consumer representation; nuisance calls; numbering; telecommunications policy; telecommunications regulation; universal service


Professor Philip Schlesinger
Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow

Expertise: cultural policy; digital cultures; post-truth and the politics of expertise; creative and cultural industries; collective identity


Dr Jonny Shipp
Visiting Fellow, Telefónica SA

Expertise: digitalisation; connectivity; digital life; entrepreneurship


Anneli Valpola
Visiting Fellow, Strato AG

Expertise: change management; leadership; HR development; tacit knowledge; global enterprises; media companies


Dr Jane Vincent
Visiting Fellow, freelance academic researcher and industry practitioner

Expertise: youth and the Internet; mobile communications; emotion and ICTs

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Professor Tony Wilson
Visiting Senior Fellow, Jeffrey Cheah Educational Foundation

Expertise: hermeneutics and practices theory; Bourdieu; hermeneutics and reception theory

Shuzo Yamakoshi

Professor Shuzo Yamakoshi
Visiting Professor, Keio University

Expertise: media theory; political theory; social theory; journalism; political sociology; political communication; mass communication

Research staff


Dr Alicia Blum-Ross
Research Officer, Preparing for a Digital Future

Expertise: youth and community media, ethnographic research including visual, virtual and creative methods; citizenship and civic participation, media and critical literacy, participatory design and community innovation


Emma Goodman
Research Officer, Media Policy Project

Research interests: media policy; fake news; e-campaigning; national and international news journalism; media and development

Paolo Dini

Dr Paolo Dini
Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Heteropolitics

Expertise: the relation of social, economic and political theory to bottom-up socio-economic phenomena; epistemology and interdisciplinarity; the social construction of technology


Dr Sam Mejias
Research Officer, CATCH-EyoU

Expertise: human rights education; youth, media and development; international educational development; micropolitics and organisational change


Dr Selena Nemorin
Research Officer, Virt-EU

Expertise: critical theories of technology; surveillance studies; data/IoT ethics; youth and learning with new media/technologies


Dr Jedrzej Niklas
Research Officer, Justice, Equity and Technology

Expertise: human rights, with focus on socio-economic rights and data protection; social and legal implications of new technologies and e-governance; surveillance studies and critical theories of technology; civil society, participation and public institutions

Eva Polonska

Dr Eva Połońska-Kimunguyi
Research Fellow, We the People

Expertise: media and public diplomacy; political communication; media, populism, identity politics; media and narratives in foreign policy; Europe-Africa media relations


Dr Mariya Stoilova
Research Officer, Global Kids Online

Expertise: digital technologies, well-being, and family support; social change and transformations of intimate life; citizenship and social inequalities


Dr Lukasz Szulc
Marie Curie Individual Fellow

Expertise: critical and cultural media studies; digital media and identity; queer theory and LGBT studies; nationalisms and transnationalisms

PhD Researchers