Research Students, GTAs and GRAs
Below are contact details for our research students, which will soon include links to their current research work and interests.
To contact research students call the office number: 0116 252 5344
|Raheemat A Adeniranfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alejandra Castano Echeverriemail@example.com|
|Diyana N Kasimonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ohgogho Uyi Osazee-Odiaemail@example.com|
|Callum T.F McMillanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flavio Garcia da Rochaemail@example.com|
|Mirjam Abigail Twigtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael Raphael Wilson||Mrw35@le.ac.uk|
|Diretnan Dusu Botemail@example.com|
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Graduate Research Assistants
|Maria Nerina Boursinoufirstname.lastname@example.org|
Title of PhD
Offering a New(s) View of the Arab world:
A study of the production of Al Jazeera
Brief description of PhD research
The project aims to examine the significant differences between Al Jazeera and other news provision in the Arab region in relation to journalistic understandings and practices in the news production domain. Its specific aim, to explore how Al Jazeera news outputs are shaped in accordance with this unique news form, is new to Arab news studies generally, as an approach that developed more recently in UK news scholarship. This approach rejects assumptions that news programmes and their production can be understood as homogenised and standardized, respectively, and embraces news differentiation as an important aspect of the Arab news ecology. The project will introduce the unique characteristics of Al Jazeera news programme, commenting on their ongoing formation in accordance with journalists’ understandings of their communities’ culture, audience images, knowledge of ongoing politics and experience of political pressure and how such a news form shapes and delimits the progressive possibilities of the programme. Additionally, the project uses a quantitative and qualitative methodology which combines the use of observation, in depth interviews and content analyses in the effort to capture the connection between professional understandings, practices and the shaping of the news programme.
‘Producing a New(s) View of the Arab World? Studying the Professional Knowledge and Practices of Al Jazeera Journalists’. (Al Jazeera Imagined Audience). Presented at ECREA Journalism Studies conference, Pamplona, Spain, July 2011.
Year of study
Media & Communication,
Bankfield House, 132 New Walk
University of Leicester,
Leicester LE2 7JA
MA, Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1988)
BA, Theatre Arts, University of Benin, Nigeria (1985)
Home, Belonging, Identities and the Role of Media among Nigerian Diaspora in London:
An Ethnography of Little Lagos, Peckham.
Brief of PhD
Currently researching how first and second generation members of the Nigerian diaspora in Peckham construct home, belonging and identity and what role the media play in their articulation of these concepts. The study seeks to identify the different identity discourses and practices in Peckham using post-colonial theory on cultural hybridity.
Year of study: Second Year
Dr Mirca Madianou and Dr Jessica Bain.
I lecture at the Department of Mass Communication, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Nigeria. (2004 to date).
Oso, Sulaimon and Alakija, Funmi (2008) “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Nigerian Business Sector” in Oso, Lai and Ajayi, Yemi, Corporate Social Responsibility of Business – Principles, Practice and Perspectives, Coordinated by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Ogun State Chapter.
Banjoko, Wole; Togunwa, Lekan; and Alakija, Funmi (2009). Handbook on Research Writing. Abeokuta: Primus Prints and Communication.
Amos, Kolawole and Alakija, Funmi (2005) Oral and Written Communication: A Discourse. Abeokuta: Eternity Publishers.
Otunba, Taiwo G.; Odedeji, Adeoye; Alakija, Funmi; Raufu, Goke (2009) Sociology of the Media. Lagos: Meek Associates.
Alakija, Funmi (2008) Basic Concepts in Critical Writing. Abeokuta: Campus Publications.
Conference and Seminar Papers
PhD Student in Media and Communications and Politics and International Relations
Graduate Research Assistant, 'Fair's Fair Project', 2012-2016
Link to academia.edu profile: http://leicester.academia.edu/DavidMoss
MA, University of Kent, Philosophy (2010-2011)
BA(Hons), University of Cambridge, Philosophy (2006-2009)
When, how and why individuals' political judgements are, are conceived as or otherwise involve moral judgements.
Professor Peter Lunt (Media), Dr Philip Cook (Politics)
Democratic Architecture, Bangor Visions Conference: Paradise Lost? The World of 2050, University of Bangor, June 2013
Philosophy and Real Ethics: Realism and Moralism, Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics, University of Newport, 2013
Must Knowledge of God be Based on Reasons?, Tyndale Philosophy of Religion Conference, 2010
Qualitative Not Quantitative: Alternative Methods in Empirical Philosophical Investigations, Experimental Philosophy Group Third Workshop, University of Nottingham, 2012
'Are "right" and "wrong" just matters of opinion?', Leicester Adult Education Centre, 28th June 2013
2nd in Young Philosopher of Religion of the Year, Tyndale Fellowship, 2010
My background is in Philosophy, where I have worked mostly on Political Philosophy and Meta-ethics. My thought has been and continues to be strongly influenced by the work of Wittgenstein. During my Masters year I trialled the use of qualitative interviews in an 'experimental philosophy' project to look at the meta-ethical status of individuals' moral discourse.
I am now conducting empirical research through the use of in-depth interviews to investigate whether individuals (UK citizens) think of political questions in moral terms, and why they do when they do.
MA, International Design & Communication Management, University of Warwick (2011)
BA, Communication (Cum Laude) (Print Media), Daystar University, Kenya (2010)
Dip, Communication, Daystar University, Kenya (2007)
Contact: Media & Communication Department,
University of Leicester,
Bankfield House, 132 New Walk,
Leicester LE2 7JA
Facebook for Development? An ethnographic study of the relationship between the youth and new media in Kibera, Kenya
Brief of PhD
Year of study:
2004: Master of Arts - Culture, Communication and Media Studies
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
2003: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Culture, Communication and Media Studies
Institution: University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
1999: Bachelor of Education (Humanities)
Institution: University of Malawi (Chancellor College)
Community Radio as a Catalyst of Development and Social Change: A Case study of Community Radio Stations in Malawi
Brief Overview of the Thesis
The research investigates how community radio catalyses development and social change in the community. Using case studies of Nkhotakota and Mzimba Community Radio stations in Malawi, the research investigates this issue at two levels; firstly since community development involves the empowering of local people through the provision of information and skills, the research investigates how programming of local development news or information to the community empowers listeners to become knowledgeable. Empowered with practical knowledge local people are able to bring about positive behaviour change in their lives and change in the community in general. Behaviour change is achieved as a direct result of the development news transmitted through the radio which equips them with practical information and skills to enable them tackle developmental challenges faced in their lives and in the community. Community radio helps local people to examine and identify problems in their environment such as health and sanitation, education, agriculture, human rights, HIV/AIDS etc, and provides solutions of dealing with those problems at the local level.
Secondly the research examines how participation in the media encourages or facilitates participation in decision-making about issues that affect people in the community. Participatory programmes encourage democratic participation in social issues or public life, give voice to the voiceless, and empower marginalized people to represent themselves. This results in collective identification of community problems and finding solutions to those problems. When ordinary people take power onto themselves, they create a different kind of power structure which propels them to approach development from the bottom to the top. This is in line with the participatory communication theory which promotes the reduction of the gap between media producers and receivers, between development agents and recipients. This, however, does not mean the annihilation of power by the development agents or media professionals, instead the research suggests an integral approach to community development or partnership. In other words both top-down and bottom-up approaches are needed if meaningful development and local people’s empowerment is to be achieved. Community radio, therefore, makes listeners become active participants in the process that aims to change their marginalized situation and provides a space where the role of information and the role of participation in development are contested.
Year of Study
Professor Peter Lunt and Dr Katie Moylan
1. Book Chapter
Mhagama, P. 2011. ‘Has the penetration of communication media in traditional societies helped to bring about development?’ In D. W. Lutz, P. M. Shimiyu & G. N. Osengo (eds). Rethinking Integral Development in Africa. Nairobi: Consolata Institute of Philosophy. Pp 128-139.
2. Journal Paper
Mhagama, P. and Kanyag’wa, M. 2011. ‘State of Media Freedom in Malawi’. African Communication Research. Volume 4, Number 2, September 2011, pp 285-300.
1. Mhagama, P.M. 2013. Why is community participation elusive in community radio practice? Paper presented at The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, University of Bedfordshire, UK, 9-12 July 2013.
2. Mhagama, P. 2013. How the combination of Community Radio and Mobile Phones is Giving Marginalised People a Voice to bring about Social Change and development. Paper Presented at the 2nd Annual Conference on New Directions in Media Research, 14 June 2013.
3. Mhagama, P.M. 2008. Challenges of using African languages for development in Africa vis-à-vis globalisation. Paper presented at the 4th ADALEST conference held at the University of Botswana, Gabarone – Botswana from 7-9 July 2008.
4. Mhagama, P.M. 2007. How does language construct meaning?: An analysis of HIV/IDS message dissemination through the mass media. Paper presented at the 7th National Language Symposium on African Languages for Africa’s Development held at Hippo View Motel in Liwonde, Machinga, Malawi from 12-16 November 2007).
5. Mhagama, P.M. 2006. How globalisation affects Third World countries: A case of the centre/periphery debate being rewritten. Paper presented at an International Conference on 'Africa, Globalisation and Justice' held at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa - Kenya from 17 –19 May 2006.
6. Mhagama, P. M. 2006. The role of language and communication in development. Paper presented at the 6th National Language Symposium on “Literacy for Development: The Role of African Languages” held at Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi, Malawi from 11-13 September 2006.
May 2011, I received the Commonwealth Scholarship Award to study for a PhD in Media and communications Research at the University of Leicester
Doctoral Researcher / Teaching Assistant
- PhD Media and Communication, University of Leicester (UK), 2013-2017
- MA Communications, Media and Public Relations, University of Leicester (UK)
- BA Economics, American College of Greece
Journalistic professionalism; news values; comparative journalism cultures; patriotic bias in the news; representing the ‘other’.
PhD Working Title:
Selecting the news: an international comparison of values and criteria
Brief Description of Research Project:
This research project is a comparative study of relationships between micro and macro factors at play during the process of news selection, as these are observed in three countries of varying journalistic cultures, media environments and socio-political context: the United Kingdom, Sweden and Greece (Hallin and Mancini, 2004). Within each of the observed countries, analysis is conducted at an inter-organisational level, in order for norms and trends prevalent in their journalistic fields to be identified and explained (Benson, 2005).
The empirical data required for a meso-sociological analysis, that is for identifying and explaining power factors (internal or external to the newsroom) influencing the process of news selection, is collected through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods (O'Cathain et al., 2007; Plano Clark and Badiee, 2010; Bryman, 2012): a survey via questionnaire (Rea and Parker, 2005) and focused group discussions respectively (Kitzinger, 1993), the participants in both being professional journalists in the three countries.
The research design involves a particular innovation, as in the focus groups there is a ‘news selection game’ played by the participants (Buckalew, 1969; Eldridge, 1993; Philo, 1993), where regular editorial meetings are simulated. The quantitative component of the mixed methods methodological approach is used for the establishment of patterns or correlations of factors and the extent of prevalence that can attributed to anecdotal accounts. The qualitative one offers explanations with respect to the direction of causal relationships; it also allows a deeper view into the dynamics of (not-easy-to-describe or not-easy-to-confess) relationships of journalists with their sources and other social actors.
Lecturing and leading seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate modules, such as:
- Mass Communication Theory
- Research Methods
- Theoretical Concepts in Journalism
- Journalism Practice
- Journalism and Social Issues
- Comparative Journalism Studies
Also providing online academic support for the MA in Mass Communication programmes via Distance Learning.
Year of study
- “Selecting the news: an international comparison of values and criteria”. European Communication Research & Education Association (ECREA) Annual Conference. Charles University, Prague - Czech Republic, 9-12 November, 2016.
- “Why ‘news values’ do not explain news selection”. International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference. University of Leicester, 27-31 July, 2016.
- “Comparing news decision processes in the UK, Sweden and Greece”. ‘Methods@Leicester’ Conference. University of Leicester, 24 February, 2016.
- “Journalism Ethics and News Decisions in a Comparative Political Context”. ‘Mediating Politics’ Conference. University of Chester, 5-6 November, 2015.
- “Comparing News Selection Processes in Different Socio-Cultural Context”. ‘The Future of Journalism: Risks, Threats and Opportunities’ Conference. Cardiff University, 10-11 September, 2015.
- “Impact of Socio-Cultural Context on the Dynamics of News Selection”. New Directions in Media Research Conference. University of Leicester, 12 June, 2015.
- . Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA). Sheffield, 30 March-1 April, 2015 (collaborative with Deniz Bilge).
- “The (In)Adequacy of News Values as an Explanation of News Selection”. "Original Perspectives" - East Midlands Universities Postgraduate Research Conference. Leicester, 18 September, 2014.
- “Journalistic “Objectivity” and News Values: Theory vs. Practice”. New Directions in Media Research Conference. University Leicester, 13 June, 2014.
- “Patriotic Mythology vs. Truthful Journalism”. Myths in Culture Interdisciplinary Symposium. University of Leicester, 29 May, 2014.
- “Dynamics of news selection in different socio-cultural context: Theoretical and methodological issues”. for(e)dialogue, Online Postgraduate Research Journal, University of Leicester, March 2016. URL: https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/4edialog/article/view/535
- “Journalism and history: either ‘patriotic’ or truthful”. In Paul Reilly, Anastasia Veneti, Dima Atanasova (Eds) Politics, Emotion and Protest: A Book of Blogs (forthcoming: 2016).
Online Mass Marketing Fraud, Repeat Victimisation, Social Support, Social Interaction and Coping
PhD Media and Communication University of Leicester 2013-2016
MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management University of Leicester 2009-2011
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) Nottingham Trent 2005-2006
BA Hons Journalism University of Lincoln 2001-2004
Repeat victimisation in online mass marketing fraud
My research interests are in the areas of online mass marketing fraud, repeatvictimisation and social support. My research focuses on the perceptions and experiences of people who have been defrauded online, particularly those who have been defrauded more than once. The research is specifically interested in understanding the impact of online mass marketing fraud and how people cope with this experience. The research is also interested in understanding the role of both positive and negative social interactions in the support process.
Poster Presentation ‘New Direction in Media Research’ Conference atUniversity of Leicester (2013)
Moderator New Direction in Media Research’ Conference at University of Leicester (2013)
Poster Presentation Cyber Psychology Conference at De Montfort University (2013)
Professor Adrian Beck
Dr Maria Rovisco