Research Supervisor Details

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Dr Jared Ahmad
j.ahmad@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism, Politics, & Communication

Jared’s research principally focuses questions of (self-)representation, power and identity in regard to non-state terrorism. He has principally written on print, broadcast and online portrayals of 'Islamic' terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and is especially interested in the complex interactions that take place between terrorists, political elites, journalists and citizens in today's 'hybrid' media environment. His work is interdisciplinary and fuses approaches taken from cultural studies, political communications, visual culture, and poststructuralist theory.  

Jared’s current research focuses on the way different groups imagine the Islamic State phenomenon, and examines the interplay between the group’s propaganda and media, policy and public imaginations of the threat. He also has a growing interest in ultranationalist and far-right extremist propaganda narratives and imagery.   

PhD supervision

Jared is particularly interested in hearing from research students writing on the following areas:

  • Media discourses and representations of the East, Islam, terrorism and political violence

  • The politics/processes of terrorist/extremist (self)representation, knowledge and power 

  • Violent Jihadi or far-right extremist propaganda

  • Terrorism and visual political communication

Dr Dmitry Chernobrov
d.chernobrov@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Media & International Politics

Dmitry's research focuses on four main areas:

  • public perception of international politics
  • humour in political communication and international relations
  • humanitarian crisis communication
  • diasporas, social media and conflict.

Dmitry argues that public perceptions of international crises are shaped primarily by local anxieties, cultural memories, insecurities and hopes, and above all by the societal need for positive and continuous self-conceptions. This research offers an interdisciplinary integration of international relations, political psychology, memory, and media studies. 

Dmitry is also 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.

In recent years, Dmitry has also published articles on the use of humour in public diplomacy, and on the Armenian diaspora, social media mobilisation and conflict.

PhD supervision

Dmitry is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Media representations, self-representations, identity and public opinion 

  • Public diplomacy and strategic narratives

  • Collective memory and emotion

  • Humour in political communication and international relations

  • Humanitarian crises and communication

  • Critical conceptions of security/insecurity in media and politics

  • Diasporas, social media and conflict


Professor Jacqueline Harrison
j.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Public Communication & Media Freedom

Jackie's area of expertise is the civil role and power of the news. Her research examines three particular aspects of this: the architecture and culture of the news; the mediation of civil society and social identity by the news; and issues of news freedom and standards. She has written extensively in these areas.

Jackie also chairs the interdisciplinary research body Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM). CFOM seeks to research and evaluate the role of free and independent news media in building and maintaining political and civil freedoms.

PhD supervision

Due to her numerous other commitments Jackie is unable to supervise new PhD students at present.

When her workload permits, Jackie will be interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • The relationship between the news and civil society
  • Post conflict reconstruction via the factual mass media
  • Constraints and restraints on freedom of expression
Dr Emma Heywood
e.heywood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism, Politics, & Communication

Emma's research interests lie in the role of radio in fragile and conflict-affected zones and she works closely with international media development agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) operating in the Global South. She is the principal investigator of the FemmePowermentAfrique project, which is conducting large-scale qualitative and quantitative research into the impact of radio on women's empowerment and youth in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Emma has previously conducted research into the interaction of radio and NGOs in the occupied Palestinian territories. She has worked closely with radio and NGOs in the West Bank and conducted in-depth content analyses of NGO-related material broadcast on radio. She has published extensively in these areas.

PhD supervision

Emma is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Radio, the media and international development 

  • Radio and conflict- and crisis-affected areas

  • The interaction between radio and international development agencies, NGOs, and CSOs (particularly regarding women’s empowerment) 

  • The role of radio in a changing media context

  • Women’s empowerment and international development

Dr Irini Katsirea
i.katsirea@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

International Media Law

Irini's research interests are in the areas of European, international and comparative media law and policy. She has published extensively in these areas. Her current research projects include 'Examining the impact of IPSO on editorial standards and complaints handling', funded by IPSO. 

PhD supervision

Irini is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • International, European and comparative media law and policy

  • Freedom of expression

  • Information law

Dr Stefanie Pukallus
s.pukallus@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Public Communication & Civil Development

Stef’s research interest and expertise focus on the role that public communication can play in the building, developing and diminishing of civil society. She has previously focused on the European Community and now focuses on post-civil war settings. For her the communicative spectrum of civil society includes non-mediated verbal communication, the factual and fictional media as well as the performative and the visual arts. She is equally interested in communicative spaces and the role of civility in civil society.

Stef is co-founder and Chair of the Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding (HCPB). She is currently working on her third monograph ‘Communication in Peacebuilding. Civil wars, civility and safe spaces’ (under contract) and acting as an advisor for UN Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (UN DDP) and their public information module.

PhD supervision

Stef is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • The role of public communication (as conceived above) in peacebuilding
  • The role of civility in civil societies
  • Communicative spaces
Dr Pawel Surowiec
p.surowiec@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

International Politics, Media, & Persuasive Communicative Practices

In his research, Paweł is intrigued by questions relating to the expansion of propaganda to new social spaces in democracies, and the reinvention of this practice, particularly in the context of foreign policy making, the conduct of diplomacy, also in cyberspace (e.g. digital diplomacy).

His primary area of interest is political communication, particularly new models of persuasive communication, which emerge at the intersection of the evolving media ecologies and socio-political changes taking place in international politics and include: public diplomacy and digital diplomacy; nation branding; political public relations, political campaigning; strategic communication; and computational propaganda.

His work examines these concepts and practices in relation to democracy and democratisation, collective identities and, more recently, in relation to illiberal trends reshaping contemporary politics in Europe and beyond.

PhD supervision

Pawel is particularly interested in hearing from doctoral candidates who would like to develop their expertise in the following areas:

  • Political communication, democracy, and democratisation

  • Election campaigning digital politics

  • Soft power, public diplomacy and digital diplomacy

  • Strategic communication and political public relations 

  • Political journalism and journalistic routines

Dr Jingrong Tong
j.tong@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism, technology & society

Jingrong is currently writing about data and journalism as well as (social) media discourses of political and environmental issues. Her current research interests include the impact of digital technology on journalism, social media communication, discourses of social issues, and environmental communication. She has expertise in computational (social) media analysis.

PhD supervision

Jingrong is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Journalism, technology and society
  • Data and communication
  • Discourses, politics and/or the environment
  • Social media communication