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Who's who in the Department of Media and Communications

Academic staff

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Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi
Assistant Professor

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


Dr Nick Anstead
Associate Professor

On Sabbatical in Michaelmas Term 2019

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


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;


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 and the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust & Technology

Interests and expertiseArtificial Intelligence; 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


Professor Bart Cammaerts
Professor of Politics and Communication

Interests and expertise: media strategies of activists; media representations of protest; alternative media and counter-cultures; media histories; political theory and broader issues relating to power, participation and public-ness


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


Professor Nick Couldry 
Professor of Media, Communications & Social Theory

Interests and expertise: media and data ethics; media audiences; media and platform power; reality media; social theory; sociology of culture; voice and listening

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Dr Simidele Dosekun
Assistant Professor 

Interests and expertise: gender and media; race and ethnicity; Africa; consumer and popular cultures; representation; globalisation; feminist theory; qualitative research methodologies; knowledge politics.

Jelena Dzakula

Dr Jelena Dzakula
LSE Fellow

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


Dr Lee Edwards
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: 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; postcolonial and decolonial analyses of public relations; climate change communication


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 


Professor Ellen Helsper
Professor in Digital Inequalities

Interests and expertise: digital inequalities; information and communication technologies (ICTs); interpersonal mediated communication; media and everyday life; methodologies in media and communications research

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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


Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology

On research leave in Michaelmas Term 2019

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


Professor Robin Mansell
Professor of New Media and the Internet

On Sabbatical in Michaelmas Term 2019

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 


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


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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Professor Shani Orgad
Professor / Exam Sub-Board Chair

Interests and expertise: gender, feminism and media; motherhood; globalisation; media representations; narrative; ethnographic research methods. 


Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin
Assistant Professor

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


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 


Professor Terhi Rantanen 
Professor of Global Media & Communications

On sabbatical until February 2020

Interests and expertise: media globalization, news agencies, media history, national and global news, comparative research


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

On Sabbatical in Lent Term 2020

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

Professional services staff


Leo Beattie
Department Research Manager

Ask me about: Research; Doctoral education; Programme design; External Research Grants; Research environment; Research outputs; Publications; Student experience; Events; Contracts; Planning.


Catherine Bennett
Department Manager

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


Events & Communications Officer
[position currently vacant]

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.

Joyce Harvey

Joyce Harvey
Regulations & Assessments Officer

Ask me about: MSc  programme regulations, MSc assessments, coursework, exams.

Silas Scot

Silas Scott
Graduate Intern (Research)

Ask me about: Research Excellence Framework, events, research environment.


Lwam Tesfay
Departmental Administrator

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


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


Dr Savita Bailur
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertisemulti-disciplinary approaches to ICTs and development

Sally Broughton Micova

Dr Sally Broughton Micova
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Media and communications policy in Europe, rise of competitive authoritarianism, consequences of convergence and globalization in creative and communications industries.


Dr Alicia Blum-Ross
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertisechildren’s rights, safety and digital media and technology, digital literacy and citizenship, ethnographic, mixed-method and participatory research methods, media and technology policy, families and parents, ‘screen time’ and digital wellbeing


Dr Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Visiting Fellow, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego

Interests and expertise: political communication; journalism; political commentary

Alex Free

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


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


Dr Leslie Haddon 
Guest Teacher

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


Atte Jääskeläinen
Visiting Fellow

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

Peng Lyu

Dr Peng Lyu
Visiting Fellow, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Interests and expertise: media and cultural studies, masculinities study


Professor Jim Macnamara
Visiting Professor, University of Technology Sydney

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


Dr Rahoul Masrani
Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher

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

Claire Meehan

Dr Claire Meehan
Visiting Fellow, University of Auckland

Interests and expertise: understandings of consent, gender, media representation and education provision


Claire Milne
Senior Visiting Fellow

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


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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Revd George Pitcher
Visiting Fellow, Polis

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


Dr Margaret Scammell
Senior Visiting Lecturer

Interests and expertise: political communications, media and elections, governments and news management, political marketing and political journalism.


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


Jonny Shipp
Visiting Fellow

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

Sarah Tafakori

Dr Sarah Tafakori
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Political communication; global media; political emotions in national and transnational contexts; visual politics, mediation and the everyday; gender, sexuality, race and media; social movements and publics in Iran; postcolonial feminist theory and IR.


Anneli Valpola
Visiting Fellow, Strato AG

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


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


Dr Kumru Berfin Emre Cetin
Newton International Fellow

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


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


Emma Goodman
Policy Officer, Media Policy Project

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


Dr Sam Mejias
Postdoctoral Research Officer, STEM Inside

Interests and expertise: citizenship; education; digital media; human rights; neoliberalism; race and ethnicity; youth participation; creative arts; critical media literacy; media representation; international development;discourse analysis; ethnography


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


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


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


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


Dr Polly Withers
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Interests and expertise: Palestine; cultural studies; popular culture; popular music; gender; queer theory; performance studies; critical political theory

PhD Researchers and Alumni