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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

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

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Dr Nick Anstead
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: campaigning; citizenship; eCampaigning; ePolitics; elections; internet; new media; political participation; political parties

ShakuntalaBanaji

Dr Shakuntala Banaji
Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Studies

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

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Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser
Professor of Media and Communications | Head of Department

Interests and expertise: gender; feminist theory; race and ethnicity; consumer culture; neoliberal capitalism; branding; popular culture; social media; youth culture

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

Interests and expertiseBlockchain; broadcasting; digital; emotions; ethics; future of news; governance; international media; journalism; media economics; networked journalism; newspapers; social media; start-ups; terror reporting; US media; WikiLeaks

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Professor Bart Cammaerts
Professor of Politics and Communication

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

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Professor Lilie Chouliaraki
Chair in Media & Communications

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

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Professor Nick Couldry 
Professor of Media, Communications & Social Theory

Interests and 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

Interests and expertise: communications policy and regulation; citizenship; technological innovations; digital government

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Dr Lee Edwards
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: socio-cultural analyses of promotional culture, particularly public relations (PR); diversity, inequality and PR; PR as a professional field; young people, PR, voice, recognition; PR and democracy; copyright policy and discourse

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Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: communication rights and  technologies; data profiling; surveillance; privacy; data and discrimination;  democratic communication; digital inclusion; media justice; public participation in comms/tech policy

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Professor Myria Georgiou
Professor of Media and Communications

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

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Dr Ellen Helsper
Associate Professor

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

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Dr Rodolfo Leyva
LSE Fellow

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

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Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology

Interests and expertise: media and everyday life; media audiences; children and digital media; media literacy; children’s rights in the digital environment; mediated participation; online risks, privacy and safety; media regulation in the public interest

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Professor Robin Mansell
Professor of New Media and the Internet

Interests and expertise: media and communications regulation and policy; internet governance; privacy and surveillance; digital platforms; data and information; social, political and economic impacts of innovation and digital technology applications

Bingchun Meng

Dr Bingchun Meng 
Associate Professor

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

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Dr Dylan Mulvin
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: media history; media theory; infrastructure studies; science and technology studies; history of science and technology; visual culture; screen technologies; gender studies; disability studies; 20th century history; cultural studies

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Dr Rachel O'Neill
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertise: gender and sexuality; media and culture; labour; consumption and embodiment; feminist theory; knowledge politics; ethnography

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Dr Shani Orgad
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: gender and media; globalisation; health communication; internet; media representations; mobile television; narrative;  qualitative research methods

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Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: politics of platforms; evolution of knowledge infrastructures; digital sovereignty

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Dr Alison Powell
Assistant Professor

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

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Professor Terhi Rantanen 
Professor of Global Media & Communications

Interests and expertise: global media; globalisation; media and democracy; media history; news; transitional media 

DamianTambini

Dr Damian Tambini
Associate Professor | Research Director

Interests and expertise: broadcasting; regulation; telecommunications; public sphere; freedom of speech; intellectual property; the commons 

Wendy Willems

Dr Wendy Willems 
Associate Professor

Interests and expertiseglobal digital culture and social change; urban communication; postcolonial/decolonial approaches to media and communication; popular culture, performance and politics in Africa; media culture and neoliberalism in the Global South

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Dr Rafal Zaborowski
LSE Fellow

Interests and 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

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Catherine Bennett
Department Manager

Ask me about: Departmental strategy, finance, HR issues, Departmental space, and equity, diveristy and inclusion.

James Deeley

James Deeley
Departmental Research Manager

Ask me about: Departmental research, knowledge exchanage and impact, doctoral study, public engagement.

Michael Etheridge

Michael Etheridge
Events and Special Projects Manager

Ask me about: Departmental public events, student events and activities.

Nicole Garnier

Nicole Garnier
MSc Programmes Manager (Teaching Delivery)

Ask me about: current student provision of teaching, student experience and activities, MSc alumni relations.

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Sylvia Ibezi
MSc Programmes Manager (Regulations & Assessment)

Ask me about: current student assessment, exams and regulations. 

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Lwam Tesfay
Departmental Administrator

Ask me about: prospective applications to the Department's MSc programmes.

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Julia Ziemer
Polis Manager

Ask me about: any queries relating to Polis, the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, and the Visiting Fellows and Visiting Professors scheme.

Visiting and associate staff

Bermal Aydin

Dr Bermal Aydin
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: media governance; media citizenship; communication law; communication contexts

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Dr Savita Bailur
Guest Lecturer

Interests and expertisemulti-disciplinary approaches to ICTs and development

Sara Bentivenga

Professor Sara Bentivegna
Visiting Fellow, University of Rome

Interests and expertisepolitical communication, with a specific focus on digital politics and electoral campaigns


AliciaBlumRoss

Dr Alicia Blum-Ross
Visiting Fellow

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

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Dr Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Visiting Fellow, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego

Interests and expertise: political communication; journalism; political commentary

Gunn Enli

Dr Gunn Enli
Visiting Fellow, University of Oslo

Interests and expertise: media policy, election campaigns, image building, mediated authenticity, media trust, social media. 

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Professor Kirsten Drotner
Visiting Senior Fellow, Syddansk Universitet

Interests and expertise: reception theory; audience studies; children, creativity and digital culture; media histories

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Dr Alex Free
Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: communications labour; service sector work; business process outsourcing (BPO); experiences of work; workplace power relations; Kenya; Africa; wellbeing; international development; Foucault

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Dr Alexander Grous
Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: DRM; ERP; P2P; aerospace; betting and gaming; broadcasting; e-commerce; franchising; information systems; internet; mobile and satellite telecommunications; new media; software

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Dr Leslie Haddon 
Visiting lecturer

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

David Henriques

Dr David Henriques
Visiting Fellow, Ofcom

Interests and expertiseeconomic analysis of media policy; media and communications services

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Dr Monica Horten
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: internet governance; telecommunications policy; privacy; copyright; freedom of expression

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Atte Jääskeläinen
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: media systems; future of news; digital disruption

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Louis Knight Webb
Visiting Fellow, Who Targets Me?

Interests and expertise: political communication; data analysis; privacy

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Professor Jim Macnamara
Visiting Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Interests and expertisepublic communication; social media; public relations; organisational listening; journalism

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Dr Rahoul Masrani
Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: global cities, cinema, media power, identity construction, power and society, London in cinema

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Dr Torgeir Naerland
Visiting Fellow, University of Bergen

Interests and expertise: culture, citizenship, democratic theory, audiences, music, broadcasting policy

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Claire Milne
Senior Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: consumer affairs; consumer representation; nuisance calls; numbering; telecommunications policy; telecommunications regulation; universal service

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Professor Nora C. Quebral
Honorary Doctorate

Interests and expertise: development communication; agricultural communication; development information technologies; media and communication in Asia

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Dr Tuija Parikka
Visiting Fellow, St. John's University

Interests and expertise: gender, media analysis, globalization

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Revd George Pitcher
Visiting Fellow, Polis

Interests and expertise: future of journalism in the digital age; media ethics and governance

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Professor Philip Schlesinger
Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow

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

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Jonny Shipp
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Sustainability, accountability, corporate purpose and ethics in relation to digitalisation, online platforms and Internet services

Katharine Sarikakis

Professor Katherine Sarikakis
Senior Visiting Fellow,  University of Vienna, 

Interests and expertise: media governance; media literacy and citizenship; communication networks; communication law

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Anneli Valpola
Visiting Fellow, Strato AG

Interests and expertisechange management; leadership; HR development; tacit knowledge; global enterprises; media companies

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Dr Karin Van Es
Visiting Fellow, Utrecht Universi

Interests and expertise: public service media; social metrics; data-driven research; tool criticism

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

Interests and expertiseyouth and the Internet; mobile communications; emotion and ICTs

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Professor Tony Wilson
Visiting Senior Fellow, Jeffrey Cheah Educational Foundation

Interests and expertisehermeneutics and practices theory; Bourdieu; hermeneutics and reception theory

Research and project staff

Paolo Dini

Dr Paolo Dini
Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Heteropolitics

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

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Dr Kumru Berfin Emre Cetin
Newton International Fellow

Interests and expertise: media sociology, cultural studies, television studies, audience surveys, food studies

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Dr Deena Dajani
Research Officer, Digital Makings in the City of Refuge

Interests and expertise: digital technology, citizenship, public spheres, migration, gender, democratization, public diplomacy, political communication

EmmaGoodman

Emma Goodman
Research Officer, Media Policy Project

Interests and expertise: media policy; fake news; e-campaigning; national and international news journalism; media and development

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Dr Sam Mejias
Research Officer, CATCH-EyoU

Interests and expertise: citizenship; education; digital media; human rights and social justice; youth participation; creative media; media literacy; media and development; international educational development; critical pedagogy; audiences

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Dr Jedrzej Niklas
Research Officer, Justice, Equity and Technology

Interests and expertise: human rights;  socio-economic rights; data protection; new technologies; e-governance; surveillance studies; critical theories of technology

Eva Polonska

Dr Eva Połońska-Kimunguyi
Research Fellow, We, the People

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

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Catherine Speller
Project Manager, Media Policy Project and the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust & Technology

Expertise and interests: media policy; press regulation; fake news; platform regulation

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Dr Mariya Stoilova
Research Officer, Global Kids Online

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

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Dr Lukasz Szulc
Marie Curie Individual Fellow

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

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Ros Taylor
Research Manager, Media Policy Project and the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust & Technology

Interests and expertise: media in democracies; Brexit; platform regulation; press regulation and diversity; political communication; scrutiny of Parliament

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Dr Funda Ustek-Spilda
Research Officer, Virt-EU

Interests and expertise: citizen science, ethics and values in technology design, transparency, privacy and accountability, tech culture, gender

PhD Researchers and Alumni