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Who's who in the Department of Media and Communications

Academic staff

Omar 2019

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, Exam Board Chair

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


Professor Shakuntala Banaji
Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change

Interests and expertise: Bollywood; Hindi cinema; South Asia; audiences; children; creativity; film studies; international media; media education; media literacy;misinformation and disinformation; online participation; political contexts; social media and hate speech; young people; youth civic participation.


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

Ram Bhat

Dr Ram Bhat
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertiseinternet infrastructure governmentality and subjectivation;  internet infrastructure hate speech and violence; qualitative methods in media and communication research; decolonising media and communications.


Dr Meghanne Barker
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertisevisual culture, children's culture and media, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, postsocialism, ethnographic methods, semiotics, animation and film.

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Professor Charlie Beckett 
Professor in Practice, Director of Polis 

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 and Communications, Doctoral Programme Director

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 and 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

Simidele Dosekun 2019

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, Director of Graduate Studies

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
Associate 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

Myria 2017

Professor Myria Georgiou
Professor of Media and Communications, Research Director

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 of 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

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

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

Shani portrait 2017

Professor Shani Orgad
Professor of Media and Communications

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
Associate 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 and Communications

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


Dr Damian Tambini
Distinguished Policy Fellow 

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

Wendy Willems

Dr Wendy Willems 
Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Department

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


Dr Polly Withers
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertise: cultural studies, popular culture, popular music, youth subcultures, gender and sexuality, feminist theory, race and ethnicity, Middle East politics, Palestine, neoliberal capitalism, consumer culture and identity, global media and communications

Professional services staff

General advice and guidance

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Leo Beattie
Research Manager

Responsibilities: all aspects of Departmental research; research finances; doctoral programmes; REF 2021 preparations

James Deeley

James Deeley
Department Manager

Responsibilities: Departmental strategy, development, policies and processes; human, financial and physical resources; compliance, legal issues and critical incidents

Nicole Garnier

Nicole Garnier
Deputy Department Manager

Responsibilities: delivery of all master's teaching and education, student experience and activities; master's alumni relations


Mark Kingston
Graduate Programmes Coordinator

Responsibilities: master's programme and course regulations, master's assessment, coursework and exams


Ben McDonald
Department Administrator

Responsibilities: master's admissions; current master's student experience and activities

Silas Scot

Silas Scott
Graduate Research Intern

Responsibilities: visiting fellows scheme; social media; website maintenance and media@LSE


Lwam Tesfay
Events and Communications Officer

Responsibilities: public and student events; online communications, including website, social media and newsletters

Guest Teachers

Visiting and associate staff

Donya Alinjad

Dr Donya Alinejad
Visiting Fellow 

Interests and expertise: social media; diaspora; migration; race and ethnicity; digital communication; affect and emotion; mediated experience

Melissa Aronczyk

Dr Melissa Aronczyk
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: media and politics; conditions of knowledge and expertise; promotional culture; corporate power and strategic communication; environmental media; nationalism; globalization.

Bermal Aydin

Dr Bermal Aydin
Visiting Fellow

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


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.

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John Carr
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: children’s use of digital technologies.


Dr Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Visiting Fellow, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego

Interests and expertise: political communication; journalism; political commentary.

Anke Goerzig

Dr Anke Görzig
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Online aggression, internet use and well-being, stereotyping and discrimination, cross-national survey research, quantitative methods.


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.

Steve Guo

Professor Steve Guo
Visiting Professor

Interests and expertise: News production process; Media content analysis; Audience effects; Public opinion; Theories of quantitative/qualitative research methodology.


Dr Leslie Haddon 
Guest Teacher

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

David Henriques 2020

Dr David Henriques
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Access pricing; Competition economics; Economics of regulation; Economic policy; Media and telecoms; Spectrum auctions; Superfast broadband.


Dr Monica Horten
Visiting Fellow 

Interests and expertise: internet governance; communications policy.

Velislava Hillman

Dr Velislava Hillman
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: education technologies; educational data; digital media literacy; children and young people’s digital rights; creativity; mediated learning.


Atte Jääskeläinen
Visiting Fellow

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

Willem Joris

Willem Joris
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: media and minorities, media and migration, youth digital skills, audience research, framing theory, European news.

Osman Junaid

Osman Junaid
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Digital advertising ethics, data collection, digital surveillance, media platform regulation & governance, behaviour change, financial services media strategy, consumer healthcare media strategy, biotech, digitisation of the economy

Sarah Tafakori

Dr Sarah Tafakori
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: the intersections of global politics, emotion, mediation and the everyday, with a focus on affective discourses in transnational media contexts.

Priya Kurian

Professor Priya Kurian
Visiting Professor

Interests and expertise: environmental politics and policy; media and politics; environmental communication; gender politics; public engagement; critical public policy


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.

Terence McSweeney

Dr Terence McSweeney
Visiting Fellow, Solent University

Interests and expertise: film and television studies, contemporary American 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.

Prof Debashish Munshi

Professor Debashish Munshi
Visiting professor

Interests and expertise: Public engagement, Communication for social change, Postcolonial approaches to research, Science communication.

Hannu Nieminen 2020

Professor Hannu Nieminen
Visiting Professor

Interests and expertise: communication and democracy; theories of the public sphere; European media and communications policy; media regulation; communication rights.


Dr Jedrzej Niklas
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: state and technology; human rights; data protection; data and discrimination; bureaucracy and public institutions; surveillance studies; civil society and participation; political theory.

Ioanna Noula

Dr Ioanna Noula
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: citizenship education, critical pedagogy, digitalisation.


Professor Nora C. Quebral
Honorary Doctorate

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

Sandra Ponzanesi LSE

Professor Sandra Ponzanesi
Visiting Professor

Interests and expertise: Gender and Postcolonial Studies

Maria Rikitianskaia

Dr Maria Rikitianskaia
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: wireless communication, transnational approach, the political economy of communication, the social construction of technology


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.

Julian Sefton Green-2019

Professor Julian Sefton-Green
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: media education; new technologies; creativity; digital cultures; informal learning.


Dr Gulum Sener
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: political, social and cultural implication of new media, especially digital activism and online politics.


Jonny Shipp
Visiting Fellow

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

Andrés Shoai

Andrés Shoai
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Dialogue, ethics and technology, Public opinion theory and research, Governance and communication.


Dr Johanna Sumiala
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: Media and Social Theory, Ritual, Death, Religion, Digital Anthropology.

G. Summa

Giancarlo Summa
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: International Organizations and multilateralism; social media and digital diplomacy; political communication; authoritarian leaders and right-wing movements; Latin American media.


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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Dr Servet Yanatma
Visiting fellow

Interests and expertise: news agencies; media and politics in the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey; political economy of media and media ownership; online news consumption and media business models.

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.


Emma Goodman
Policy Officer, Media@LSE

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.

Esra Ozkan

Esra Ozkan
Table Co-Director, Justice, Equity and Technology

Interests and expertise: social justice, anti-racism, social action, movement building, network development

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.


Sanne Stevens
Table Co-Director, Justice, Equity and Technology

Interests and expertise: politics of data-driven automation, demystifying technologies, digital welfare state, organising, social justice, anti-racism, repression.


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.


Asha Titus
Researcher, Datafication of Government: Mapping Data-driven practices in Public Sector Service Delivery

Interests and expertise: Data Ethics, Social policy, poverty, Care policy, Vulnerability, Datafication, Welfare, Conditionality, Digital Era Government,  Critical Data Studies, ICTD, m4D, Child maintenance, Predictive analytics, SNA

PhD researchers and alumni

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