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PhD Researchers

Current PhD Researchers in the Department of Media and Communications

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Husseina Ummayma Ahmed-2018

Husseina Ummayma Ahmed

Project: Gendered Agency in Northern Nigeria

Ville Aula-2018

Ville Aula

Project: Hacking big data into knowledge: experts, data, and material practices in civic hacking

Lewis Bush (credit Marin Avram)

Lewis Bush

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


Cerian Calonmôr

Project: “Treat Yo’ Self” - The Commodification and Co-Option of Activist Self-Care


Ronggan Chen

Project: Networked Young Chinese: a discourse analysis of nationalism in contemporary China


Vanessa Ciccone

Project: Inclusivity at digital media organizations: negotiating ideologies through discourse


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


Kate Gilchrist

Project: Singledom and female subjectivity: fantasy, popular culture and lived experience


Zoë Glatt

Project: "Don’t forget to like, subscribe and turn on the bell notifications!" An Ethnography of YouTube Creators’ Labour

Ana Guerra

Ana Guerra

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

Kat Higgins

Kat Higgins 

Project: Vulnerability, justice, and the mediated (in)security imaginary: how news media criminalize


Runze Hu

ProjectThe Cultural Dynamics and Use of Immersive Virtual Environment Technologies in Users' Everyday Life


Solomon Katachie

Project: Social-Mediated Afrobeats Culture and Identity Construction/Expression among Diasporan and Homeland West African Youth

Asher Kessler

Asher Kessler

ProjectAn Intellectual History of Facebook


Ruhi Khan

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


Paula Kiel

Project: Digital afterlives and the transcendence industry: contemporary social constructions of death in Western societies


Nora Kroeger

Project: Civil society stakeholders in media governance: An exploratory study on the impact of civic participation on media policy-making in the Taiwanese Anti-Media Monopoly case

Jessica Kong 2018

Jessica Kong

Project: Protest music: Exerting emotional-musical power in connective action


Afroditi-Maria Koulaxi

Project: The mediation of migration

Winnie-M-Li (2)

Winnie (Winifred) Li

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

Songyin Liu

Songyin Liu

Project: Becoming Authentic: Discourse, Negotiation and Performativity of transgender identity in digital China


Ludmila Lupinacci Amaral

Project: Live, here and now: experiences of immediate connection through social media

Henry Lyons

Henry Lyons

ProjectLessons for democracy from the ‘ground up’: An ethnography of how ‘third spaces’ contribute to political participation and wider political life


George Maier

Project: Valued capital(s) and devalued labour in London’s “Gig Economy”


Eleonora Maria Mazzoli

Project: Governing digital societies: powers and counter-powers of the European audiovisual media industry in a datafied-networked society


Rodrigo Muñoz-González

Project: The nostalgia economy: Netflix and new audiences in the digital age


Limichi Okamoto

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


Miriam Rahali

Project: Gender, media and consumer behavior


Gal Ravia

Project: Live memory: Holocaust memory and the holographic encounter


Paul Rohde

Project: Thriving families in the Digital Age: Advancing our understanding of the relationship between family well-being, family values, and self-directed experimentation with digital media and technology


Rob Sharp

Project: Cultural citizenship and participatory creative practice as alternative media


Svetlana Smirnova

Project: Self in self-tracking: exploring the implications of the practice on our sense of selfhood


David Threlfall

ProjectBritish campaign rhetoric and its relation to the evolution of the communications environment and the public sphere, 1945-2019


Asha Titus

Project: Datafication of Government: Mapping Data-driven practices in Public Sector Service Delivery


Anri Van Der Spuy

Anri Van Der Spuy

ProjectDigital inequality in the global South: from an Internet of Opportunity to an Internet of Risk?

Anran Wang

Anran Wang

ProjectWhat to expect from a digitalized remote village: the impacts of social networks on people’s digital engagement and social inequalities in a rainforest Yao community


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Hao Wang

ProjectNavigating smart urbanism: the trajectory of new ‘office youth’ in China  

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Lili Wang

ProjectThe Floating Diaspora: Transnational Habitus of the Chinese Migrants 


Ziyan Wang

Project: Imagining an emancipatory labour movement? The mediated political struggle of Chinese migrant workers in transitional China

Hao Alice Wu

Hao Wu

Project: Mediated Structure of Feeling: An Ethnography on the Rural Elderly’s Emotional World in Post-reform China

Chenhao Ye

Chenhao Ye

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


Ssu-Han Yu

Project: Mediating democratic politics: Generational understanding of democracy and identification with Taiwan

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Xiaoxi Zhu

Project: Globalization of the Chinese film industry: Representation, nationalism, power struggle