Media and Development Research Group

We are interested in the diverse consequences of media and communications technologies among vulnerable populations particularly in the developing world. We are concerned about media representations of the global South, ordinary people’s everyday uses of communications technologies, and communications interventions in the context of development and humanitarianism.

Our research group is in productive dialogue with stakeholders and policymakers in the development and humanitarian sectors, including with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Plan International, the International Organization for Migration, ArtsReach, and Civic Leicester.

Contributing Researchers: Funmi Alakija, Peter Lunt, Maria Rovisco, Jonathan Ong, Jantiga Supapong, Maria Touri

Information Contact: Jonathan Ong

Our key questions:

  • What are the media cultures and histories of developing countries?
  • How are media and digital communication technologies used to achieve development outcomes, such as the reduction of poverty or ensure government transparency?
  • What are the content, causes and consequences of media representations of the global South, as they are globally communicated by media institutions and development agencies?

Recent news

In 2016, the Media and Development Research group hosts a seminar series on “Refugee Media”, bringing together academics, policymakers, artists and aid workers in critical conversation about communications among crisis-affected communities.

Selected publications

Lunt, P. & Livingstone, S. (2016). “Is Mediatization the New Paradigm for Our Field?” Media, Culture & Society, 1-9. Online First 16 February 2016.

Rovisco, M. & Ong, J.C. (2016). Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Ong, J.C., Flores, J., and Combinido, P. (2015). Obliged to Be Grateful: How Local Communities Experienced Humanitarian Actors in the Haiyan Response. ALNAP.

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