Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi’s research investigates the global asymmetries of power embedded in the presuppositions and meta-narratives about the democratising role of new media technologies, the universal values of journalism, or the developmental logic in political speech. He draws on theories in global communications, journalism studies, postcolonial theory, and history and collective memory studies. His scholarship is comparative in relation to geography (MENA-global North), temporality (past and present), and media technology (mass and social media).
Dr Al-Ghazzi is currently completing a book manuscript on the mediation of history in the Arab world. He is also principal investigator of an LSE Middle East Centre-funded project, “Arab News Futures,” about the future of Arabic news making. He was lead researcher for UNESCO’s flagship report World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Regional Overview of the Arab Region (2019).
He is an editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and serves on the editorial boards of Journalism, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Communication, and Arab Media & Society.
He has been interviewed about his research expertise including by BBC News, BBC Arabic, Al-Jazeera English, Euronews and Middle East Eye.