Dr Emma Heywood
Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication
BA; MA (Manchester); PhD (Manchester)
Emma joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2017, having previously worked at Coventry University and the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the role and impact of the media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected areas. She is currently assessing the impact of radio and women's empowerment in Niger and is leading the FemmePowermentAfrique project. She has examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers and also audience perceptions of this reporting.
In 2016, Emma was awarded British Academy funding for her West Bank project, which investigated the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the West Bank and now in Niger.
Emma's research interests lie in the role of media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected zones. She is currently leading the FemmePowermentNiger project, which assesses the impact of radio on women's empowerment in Niger, and she is working closely with international media development agencies, NGOs and CSOs. She has investigated the interaction of radio and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the occupied Palestinian territories. She has worked closely with radios and NGOs in the West Bank and conducted a year-long content analysis of NGO-related material broadcast on radio. The research confirmed the radio's contemporary importance as a mode of broadcasting, demonstrating how it reinforces a sense of local community and provides new communicative possibilities for marginalised social groups.
Emma is currently working with RESOLVE from the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) on a methodological guide to researching the prevention and countering of violent extremism. She is on the steering group of RUNMAPP, the Research Group on UN Media and Peace Processes, which addresses UN media specific research gaps that occur in complex peacebuilding and peacekeeping processes. She is also on the steering group for MeCCSA's Radio Studies Network (RSN).
Emma’s recently published book explores the state of European foreign conflict reporting by public service television broadcasters, post-Cold War and post-9/11, using the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a case study. The research has contributed to identifying nationally differentiated perceptions of conflict throughout the world and has illustrated the extent to which events occurring in, or associated with, the reporting country affect reporting.
She has also conducted focus groups in the West Bank, Russia, France and the UK to investigate audience perceptions of various aspects of foreign conflict reporting including identity, portrayals of violence, and humanitarianism. She has published widely in these areas.
Her forthcoming co-edited book, Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher, will be published by Routledge.
Emma is course leader for MA Global Journalism and is module leader for JNL6099 Radio and NGO Communication in Conflict-Affected Areas. She is also a member of the team teaching the JNL120 programme. Emma also contributes to JNL305 Dissertation in Journalism, JNL6133 Global Dissertation, and JNL6100 International Public and Political Communication Dissertation.