Khamis Ambusaidi

Khamis Saleem Samaran Ambusaidi

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Leicester, UK

Tel.: +44 7835017304

Twitter: @KhamisAmbusaidi



MA in Media Arts and Production, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in Digital Media, College of Applied Sciences- Nizwa, Ministry of Higher Education, Oman

PhD Topic

Online Civic Engagement and Activism: A Study of Hashtag Activism in Oman

Year of study

Second Year of Study

Brief Description of PhD topic

This study examines contemporary hashtag activism in Oman and the case of the #OmanisWithoutJobs hashtag (#OWJ). This hashtag activism was initially started by a group of Omani young job seekers in September 2017 (and it is still ongoing) to retaliate against unemployment and employment policies that have resulted in both high numbers of educated but unemployed Omanis and large numbers of expats seeking job in the country, making it one of the biggest online civic engagement that the country has witnessed.

The overall aim of this project is to investigate the online civic engagement via Twitter hashtag activism within a controlled media and restrictive political system in Oman. The study will help us develop a better understanding of why and how Twitter is used for the purpose of information sharing amongst Omani youth job seekers during the unemployment crisis, and to what extent hashtag activism cases such as this of #OWJ can contribute to reform unemployment crisis within Oman’s political system.

PhD Supervisors

Dr. Panayiota Tsatsou

Dr. Yimei Zhu


  • Sultan, K., Ambusidi, K. and Waheed, Z. 2017. ‘Social media technologies and their impact on film making for students of digital media specialization in college of applied sciences, Nizwa’,  Gomal University Journal of Research, Special Issue I, June, 2016, ISSN: 1019-8180
  • Ambusidi, K., Al-Shamsi, Y. 2015. ‘The value of involving industry professional in teaching communication studies at colleges of applied sciences’, Journal of Teaching and Education, CD-ROM. ISSN: 2165-6266 : 04(02):341–352 (2015)


  • Social Media and the Social Sciences: Perspectives, Methods and Approaches- London School of Economics and Politics- UK, 2018
  • Presenting at Post-Representative Participation (Engaging with civic action in the times of digital citizenship) – University of Brighton- UK, 2018
  • Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism in the 21st Century Conference, Nottingham Contemporary, UK, 2018
  • Brexit, Trump and Media Conference, University of Leicester, UK, 2018
  • International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, USA, 2015

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