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 centres on the way ‘Islamic’ terrorist groups are visually and verbally represented, and the power-knowledge relations that inform, underpin and give-rise to such portrayals. 

He has recently completed a monograph entitled The BBC, the 'War on Terror' and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism: Representing 'Al-Qaeda' (2018). The book draws upon the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault and explores the various ways in which the BBC has sought to represent 'al-Qaeda' and thus make it meaningful for British television audiences over a ten-year period (2001-2011). 

His current research focuses on global media representations of the Islamic State phenomenon.

PhD supervision

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

  • Media discourses and representations of the East, Islam, terrorism and political violence
  • The politics/processes of (self)representation, knowledge and power 
  • The media-state-terrorism relationship

 

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

Department of Journalism Studies

Media & International Politics

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

Dmitry argues that public interpretation of international crises is largely shaped by self-conceptions, psychosocial insecurities, and memories within collective identity contexts. 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.

PhD supervision

Dmitry is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on 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
Professor Martin Conboy
m.conboy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism History

Martin's research interests include historical aspects of journalism, national identity and the media, popular journalism and critical approaches to the language of journalism.

He is the principal investigator on the £38,000 AHRC-funded research project 'Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American newspapers 1833-1988'.

Widely published in refereed journals and edited volumes, he is also the author of six single-authored books including The Language of Newspapers: Socio-historical Perspectives (2010) and Journalism in Britain: A Historical Introduction (2011). 

PhD supervision

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

  • News values
  • Ethics and journalism
  • Alternative journalism / alternative media
  • Journalism practice
Mr Tony Harcup
t.harcup@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism Studies

Tony's work focuses on the ethics of journalism, alternative forms of journalism, and the essentials of reporting news accurately and fairly. 

Tony has more than 30 years' personal experience as a staff and freelance journalist on alternative and mainstream media ranging from small local weekly publications to national newspapers, magazines and websites. 

He is currently researching and writing a monograph due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020 as What's the Point of News? A Study in Ethical Journalism. 

PhD supervision

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

  • News values
  • Ethics and journalism
  • Alternative journalism / alternative media
  • Journalism practice



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

Jackie is particularly 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 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 in Palestine and the West Bank.

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. 

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. 

PhD supervision

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

  • conflict reporting
  • Use of radio by international development agencies, NGOs, and CSOs
  • peacebuilding and peacekeeping
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 international, European and comparative media law and regulation as well as EU Law. 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 regulation
  • Media law
Dr Stefanie Pukallus
s.pukallus@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Public Communication & Civil Development

Stef specialises in how the European Community has developed and publicly communicated civil values and policies since 1951 in an attempt to stimulate and facilitate the emergence of a European civil society. She has just published a research monograph entitled The Building of Civil Europe 1951-1972.

She is also interested in how the factual media can contribute to sustainable comprehensive peace in post-conflict settings. Together with Jackie Harrison she has developed a civil norms approach, arguing that the media can contribute to peaceful and associative life by engaging in the building of civil norms.

PhD supervision

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

  • Public communication in European integration
  • The civil role of the media in post-civil war settings
  • The discursive bases of sustainable peace 
Dr John Steel
j.steel@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism Studies

John's work spans political communication, media history and journalism studies. He is particularly interested in exploring historical and contemporary debates concerning democratic rights and their praxis, specifically those contestations around 'media freedom', 'free speech' and frameworks of 'censorship'. 

John is currently working on a monograph for Routledge entitled British Radicalism and Free Speech which provides a critical examination of how radical progressive movements in Britain have engaged with debates concerning freedom of speech and expression from the 17th century to the present day.

PhD supervision

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

  • Histories and theories of free speech, censorship and press freedom
  • Political participation, democratic theory and praxis
  • Political, ethical and regulatory implications of digital media
  • Transformations within political communication
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, and the reinvention of this practice, particularly in the context of foreign policy, diplomacy and cyberspace (e.g. digital diplomacy).

His primary area of interest is propaganda and new derivatives of this form of political communication, which are emerging at the intersection of evolving media ecologies and socio-political changes taking place in international politics and include: public diplomacy; nation branding; strategic communication; computational propaganda and digital diplomacy.

His work examines these concepts and practices in relation to collective identities, particularly national identities and nationalisms, as well as illiberal trends re-shaping contemporary politics. He is in the process of developing a theory of hybridity of soft power statecraft.

PhD supervision

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

  • Political communication and digital campaigning, soft power, public diplomacy and digital diplomacy
  • Political economy of communication and media
  • Post-socialist transition and shifting collective identities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The role of broadcast media and social media in the conduct of foreign policy
Dr Jingrong Tong
j.tong@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies