Dr Charlotte Elliott-Harvey
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tel: (+44)(0)114 222 2493
Charlotte joined the department in June 2018 as the Postdoctoral Research Associate for the AHRC-funded project Defining Freedom of the Press: A Cross National Examination of Press Ethics and Regulation. Before this, Charlotte took her PhD at the School of Media and Communication (University of Leeds). During her PhD, she was a Research Assistant on an EU FP7-funded project, Media, Conflict and Democratisation (MeCoDEM), and was a co-convener of the MeCoDEM Early Career Researcher Network. Her role with the project was on the conceptual integration of its many research elements, and included data management and project output copy-editing.
Charlotte's professional background includes communications experience in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors on an international level. In her free time, she provides IT and communications support to a Leeds-Bradford charity. In a previous role, Charlotte managed a volunteer-run francophone radio station, which ran weekly talk shows on culture, politics, and everything in between.
Charlotte's research interest is on freedom of speech in its many forms. She completed her PhD in communication studies in 2018. Her thesis examined concepts of freedom of speech as they relate to media controversies on provocative speech acts from the creative realm (comedy and poetry). She compared case studies from France and Denmark of individuals who, through their respective crafts, targeted an ethnic minority and addressed themes on humour, satire, tolerance, immigration, integration, Holocaust denial and anti-Islam sentiments. Her research involved an analysis of media content about the cases and in-person interviews with activists, journalists, politicians, lawyers, and artists. Her thesis can be accessed online on the White Rose eThesis repository.
In her role as the Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Defining Freedom of the Press project, Charlotte is interested in freedom of speech and truth-telling as they relate to press ethics and press regulation, and the significance of their role in fostering and contributing to meaningful debate and plurality in its journalistic form.