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PhD Researchers

Current PhD Researchers in the Department of Media and Communications

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Ville Aula

Project: Data for Good? Data and justification in the non-profit sector 

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Vashan Brown

Project: Navigating Newsrooms: An Analysis of how Journalist Subjectivities, Institutional Forces and Profit-making imperatives shape News Production Culture

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Lewis Bush

Project: The implications of automation and artificial intelligence for visual journalism

Joe Ann Chavry

Joe-Ann Chavry

Project: (Re)constructing a black creole female subjectivity through online self-representation in Mauritius. 

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Yu Chen

Project: PhD in Media and Communications and Journalism in China

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Hossein Derakhshan

Project: Everyday experience of mass personalisation on digital platforms


Lisa Derand

ProjectThe self-mediation of indigenous grassroots activists

Louise Marie Hurel

Louise Marie Hurel Silva Dias

Project: Shifting Infrastructures of Power: repurposing knowledge and configuring maintenance in cybersecurity governance

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Nan Ding

Project: An inquiry into the entanglement between algorithms and urban society: The case of local life information platforms in China

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Abel Guerra

Project: Platformisation from the South:  mapping the infrastructures, epistemologies and imaginations of Uber’s infiltration in Brazil

Stephanie Guo

Stephanie Guo

Project: Chinatown as Third Space: Journeys to Gerrard Street and Other Real-and-Imagined Places

Mengyun He

Mengyun He

Project: Digital Body Production of Underprivileged Women in Contemporary China


Runze Hu

Project:The Cultural Dynamics and Use of Immersive Virtual Environment Technologies in Users' Everyday Life

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Zichen (Jess) Hu

ProjectDynamic networks and emergent publics of Covid-19 vaccine conspiracy theories: starting from (not just fringe) communities on 4chan, 8kun and Reddit  


Solomon Katachie

ProjectSocial-Mediated Afrobeats Culture and Identity Construction/Expression among Diasporan and Homeland West African Youth

Asher Kessler

Asher Kessler

ProjectFacebook's futures and historical time: progress, global growth, and scalability.


Ruhi Khan

Project: Feminism 3.0 and the Black Box Society: Encountering gendered violence in the age of artificial intelligence  

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Winnie (Winifred) Li

Project: Silences, identity, and a 'remaking of the self': Exploring social media narratives by rape survivors


Hatty Liu

Project: Reporting Dystopia: Techno-Orientalism and Speculative Fiction in Representations of China in Journalism


Saumyadeep Mandal

ProjectScreens of Othering: Caste, Indian Cinema, Audiences, and Affect



Aikaterini Mniestri

Project: Data Feminism meets Platformisation: A critical study of power and discrimination in YouTube and TikTok


Kristeena Monteith

Project: Digital inequalities reflected and contested in Caribbean feminists online organising


Limichi Okamoto

Project: To “Go Up and Down Together”: Participants and Non-Participants’ Legitimisation of Violence as Active Citizenship


Diana Olaleye 

Project: Sisters Confront Systems: The Politics of Producing and Consuming Black Women’s Self-Help


Sindhoora Pemmaraju

Project: South Korean Masculinity and Victimhood


Gal Ravia

Project: Live memory: Holocaust memory and the holographic encounter

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Stephanie Rodriguez

Project: Filipino American Youth Civic Becoming and Instagram Stories



Paul Rohde

Project: Closing the intention-behaviour gap: validating and testing the promise of behaviour change literacy for parental mediation 


Subhajit Sikder

Project: The shaping of hegemonic masculine culture on the Indian public sphere through the triadic relationship between visual ephemeras, content creators and ordinary user-consumer-audiences.


Ziwei Tang

Project: Imagined Intimacy in Chinese celebrity fandoms


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David Threlfall

ProjectTracing the evolution of “rhetorical political economy” in major political party rhetoric in the UK and USA, 1945-2024: a multi-method comparative conceptual and ideological analysis


Anran Wang

ProjectSocial Capital, Chaxugeju and Resilience around Herbal Practices in a Rapidly Digitising Chinese Ethnic Village

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Hao Wang

ProjectTime starts: the politics of China speed and the embodied experience of working temporalities

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Lili Wang

ProjectThe Floating Diaspora: Transnational Habitus of the Chinese Migrants 

Chenhao Ye

Chenhao Ye

Project: The transformation of the Party-state’s policy on digital news media in China: Political Economy, Hegemony and Stratification