Dr Dmitry Chernobrov

BA (MGIMO); MPhil (Cambridge); PhD (MGIMO); PhD (St Andrews); SFHEA

Department of Journalism Studies

Lecturer in Media and International Politics

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Dr Dmitry Chernobrov
Department of Journalism Studies
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

Dmitry joined the department as Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Public Communication in 2015 and is also a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for International Development. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in History from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and has previously studied on a Fulbright award at the University of Denver. Dmitry is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dmitry discusses what he loves about teaching, why he joined the University of Sheffield, his new book, his next research projects, and how history can help us understand political communication.

Research interests

Dmitry's research focuses on two main areas: public perception of international politics and crises; and humanitarian communication futures.

Dmitry specialises in public perception of international politics. In his work, Dmitry argues that public interpretation of international crises is largely shaped by self-conceptions, psychosocial insecurities, and memories within collective identity contexts. He has published articles on identity, self-affirmation and ontological security; and on the public understanding of the 'Arab Spring' in Russia and the UK. This research offers an interdisciplinary integration of international relations, political psychology, memory and media studies. Recently, Dmitry completed a project on diaspora, identity and memory of conflict, funded by a research grant from the University of Southern California.

Another strand of Dmitry's research explores digital transformations in humanitarian crisis response. He is particularly interested in how humanitarian agencies and media see the future of communication in crises, how these visions differ between western and non-western contexts, and how the appearance of digital humanitarians and direct communication channels redraws the traditional roles and powers of crisis actors. This research involves interviews and collaborations with major humanitarian agencies and has in part been supported by a grant from the Sheffield Institute for International Development.



  • Chernobrov D (2019) Public Perception of International Crises: Identity, Ontological Security and Self-Affirmation. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Website content

  • Chernobrov D (2021) No laughing matter? How states use humour in public diplomacy. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2021/07/09/no-laughing-matter-how-states-use-humour-in-public-diplomacy/. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chernobrov D & Briant E (2021) Why language matters in the ‘Disinformation’ Age. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chernobrov D (2018) Digital humanitarians: a new source for crisis reporting? https://blogs.city.ac.uk/humnews/2018/06/19/digital-humanitarians-a-new-source-for-crisis-reporting/. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chernobrov D (2018) Traitors List: ‘traitors’ in political and media rhetoric today. http://politicsblog.ac.uk/2018/06/21/traitors-list-traitors-political-media-rhetoric-today/. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chernobrov D (2017) Aid organisations and media: a new look at the problem of ‘branding’. SIID blog. http://siid.group.shef.ac.uk/blog/aid-organisationblem-of-branding/. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Dmitry's teaching situates media into the wider political and societal contexts. He encourages students to be critical and reflexive about perception and representation of global issues and teaches using interactive formats such as debates, crisis modelling, film discussions, and student-led research projects.

Dmitry is the module leader for:

  • JNL305 Dissertation in Journalism
  • JNL323 Introduction to Research Methods
  • JNL6027 Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • JNL6041 Media, Society and International Crises

He also oversees dissertation work by students on MA Global Journalism (JNL6133) and MA International Public and Political Communication (JNL6600).

PhD supervision

    Dmitry is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:

    • Media representations, identity and public opinion
    • Emotion and collective memory
    • Humanitarian crisis communication
    • Media and international development
    • Critical conceptions of security/insecurity in media and politics
    Current PhD students
    • Zhong Zhang: The Civil Power of Nonprofit Journalism in China

    PhD study in journalism, media and communication