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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

vashan brown

Vashan Brown

Project: Investigating the Changes: A Look at the Intersection of Profit-making, Race and Identity in News Production

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

Joe Ann Chavry

Joe-Ann Chavry

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


Ronggan Chen

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

hossein derakhshan

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


Zoë Glatt

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

Ana Guerra

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

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

Zichen (Jess) Hu

Zichen (Jess) Hu

ProjectNetworked distrust and hate: Anti-vaccine conspiracy communities on Reddit 


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

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

saumyadeep mandal

Saumyadeep Mandal

ProjectCaste in Contemporary Indian Cinema: Representation, Realism, Audiences, and Lived Experience. 


Eleonora Maria Mazzoli

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


Limichi Okamoto

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


Gal Ravia

Project: Live memory: Holocaust memory and the holographic encounter

stephanie rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Project: Instagram Stories and civic engagement during the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign


Paul Rohde

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


Rob Sharp

Project: Cultural citizenship and participatory creative practice as alternative media


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



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


Hao Wang v2

Hao Wang

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

lili wang

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