Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

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Dr Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim

Dr Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim

Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Islam, Malaysia

Nur's PhD research conceptualised the production culture of religious television. Her PhD was supervised by Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Anna Zoellner. Nur’s industrial experience at the ASTRO All Asia Broadcast Centre in Malaysia (between 2001 – 2009) sparked her research interest in media production and labour. Her PhD examines the production quality of television programmes and quality of working life in religious television. Her fieldwork involved participant observation and interviews of key personnel in the production of magazine talk show at the Islam Channel in Central London. Nur's PhD thesis demonstrates how religion shapes the production culture of religious television programming and changes the ways in which television production employees perceive their positions and manage their emotions in their everyday working lives. Aside from labour in television production, Nur also interested in intersections of religion, media and popular culture. She may be contacted via email at: kareelawati@usim.edu.my


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Luca Antoniazzi

Luca Antoniazzi

Research and Teaching Assistant

Luca Antoniazzi has been awarded a PhD on ‘The Sustainability of Film Heritage: Cultural Policy, Digitalisation and Value’. The dissertation analysed the consequences of the digitalisation of the film industry for European film heritage institutions (FHIs). While recognising the opportunities for FHIs afforded by digitalisation, Luca’s research stresses the sustainability challenges of such technological change for FHIs and discusses possible responses and ways forward. It examines shifting cultural policy paradigms, and connects debates within FHIs with debates in the cultural sector as a whole. The research was supervised by Simon Popple and Professor David Hesmondhalgh. The thesis was examined by Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Luke McKernan. Before and during his time at the University of Leeds, Luca has worked in the field of film heritage, including internships at the Haghefilm Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Royal Belgian Film Archive, and work with the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and the Film Restoration and Archiving Department at ARRI Film & TV (Munich) in 2012, plus an an exchange programme at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam). Dr Luca Antoniazzi is currently working as a teaching and research assistant in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.


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Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer

Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer

Leeds Alumnus - Lecturer at the University of Melbourne

Christiaan De Beukelaer is lecturer in cultural policy at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD at the University of Leeds School of Media and Communication in 2015. He was supervised by Prof. David Hesmondhalgh and Dr. David Lee. His research focuses on cultural industries and human development in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Follow me on Academia.edu


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Dr Patrick Enaholo

Dr Patrick Enaholo

Leeds Almnus

My research examines the cultural context of creative labour, with focus on new media work. Specifically, I'm investigating the extent to which claims about new media work in the Western countries of the Global North apply to less developed countries in the South. Given that labour in countries of the Global South like Nigeria already operate under informal and precarious conditions, I'm trying to explore how intrinsic features of new media work (creativity, autonomy, freedom) contribute to how workers in that context negotiate the extrinsic conditions of their labour.


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Salem Erayja

Salem Erayja has been awarded a PhD for a study on ‘Information and Communications Technology (ICT) activism in authoritarian regimes: Organisation, mobilisation and context’. His thesis investigates how political activists in Saudi Arabia use new communication technologies to mobilise for their cause and build digital organisational structures in a repressive political environment where the power of religion and social traditions constrain political activities. The study is based on 30 semi-structured interviews with activists from different types of social movements and provides rare and new insights into the interplay between ICTs and collective action outside established democratic countries. Salem’s thesis was supervised by Professor Katrin Voltmer and Dr Katy Parry. Examiners were Professor Stephen Coleman and Professor Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster). Dr Salem Erayja is now a lecturer of Journalism at the Department of Media, University of Umm Al-Qura (UQU).


The Department of Media, University of Umm Al-Qura (UQU)

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Kristina Karvelyte

Kristina Karvelyte

Visiting scholar, National Taiwan University

In June 2017, Kristina was awarded a PhD for her thesis on "Making a Creative City with Chinese Characteristics: Perspectives from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei”. Her work looked at cultural policy within these three cities and particularly at the use of large-scale cultural events as part of the reworking of the 'creative city' discourse in East Asia. Kristina's supervisors were Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Giorgia Aiello and her examiners were Dr Hye-Kyung Lee of Kings College London and Professor David Hesmondhalgh. Kristina is currently a visiting scholar on a Taiwan Fellowship at the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social SciencesNational Taiwan University


kkarvelyte@ntu.edu.tw

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Dr John Macwillie

Dr John Macwillie

Leeds Alumnus - Lecturer at California State University

I received my PhD from the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds in 2016. I am now a lecturer in the Graduate Multimedia program at California State University -- East Bay where I teach multimedia theory, cognitive commerce, and the history of art and technology, as well as supervising graduate thesis projects.


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Dr Cristina Miguel Martos

Dr Cristina Miguel Martos

Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Cristina Miguel passed her PhD viva in June 2016, with minor corrections. Her PhD, titled ‘Intimacy in the Age of Social Media’ was supervised by Dr Nancy Thumim and Professor Stephen Coleman and, prior to her leaving to take up a Professorship at the University of Sheffield, by Professor Helen Kennedy. Cristina’s thesis was examined by Professor Deborah Chambers (University of Newcastle) and Dr Helen Thornham. Cristina’s work focuses on mediated intimacy practices among adults in three different platforms. The research combines analysis of the politics of social media with attention to users’ perspectives on their own practices and offers and in-depth exploration of the tensions between the two and a detailed picture of intimacy as a complex of continuity and change. For example, Cristina finds the reproduction of patriarchal gender roles in online spaces and, at the same time, a possible enabling of ephemeral, yet still intimate, relationships. Cristina is now a senior lecturer in the School of Strategy, Marketing and Communication at Leeds Beckett University.


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Dr Toussaint Nothias

Dr Toussaint Nothias

Leeds Alumnus - Lecturer at Stanford University

I received my PhD from the School of Media and Communication in 2016. I was supervised by Dr Chris Paterson and Dr Giorgia Aiello. My thesis analyzed representations of Africa in British and French media. I am now a lecturer in media and African studies at Stanford University. I am also a research associate on the Mecodem project in the Programme for Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford. You can follow me on Academia.edu or on my personal webpage.


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Dr Kruakae Pothong

Dr Kruakae Pothong

Leeds Alumna

Dr Kruakae Pothong passed her PhD viva in September 2015, with minor corrections. Her PhD, titled “Net Neutrality Policymaking: A Comparative Study of the UK and USA”, was supervised by Dr Steve Lax and Dr Giles Moss. Her thesis was examined by Professor Des Freedman (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Professor Kate Oakley. Kruakae’s work focuses on the various factors that shape decisions about net neutrality policy. Her empirical research finds that policy consensus on this subject is difficult to achieve and transient, due to the convergence of transmission infrastructure and content and the interdependent yet competing values and interests underpinning the provision and consumption of such services. Kruakae is due to start a six-month research fellowship with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in April. The fellowship will involve the analysis of media use in six Asian countries: Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore.


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Dr Caitlin Schindler

Dr Caitlin Schindler

Leeds Alumna - Research Professor, Institute of World Politics

In 2015, I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds.  I was recently appointed as a Research Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.


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Ana Stojiljkovic

Ana Stojiljkovic

Ana Stojiljkovic is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Communications Studies, on a full departmental scholarship. Her research interests evolve around strategic communications, and PhD project focuses on targeting voters in election campaigns. She is working under the supervision of Dr Katrin Voltmer and Dr Giorgia Aiello. She is the PhD convener of the ICS Political Communications Research Group, and a TA for modules TV News Journalism, Reporting of Politics, Communication and Public Opinion. Ana holds a BA in Communications and Journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia and MA in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary


Yanling Yang

Yanling Yang

Lecturer at Leeds Business School

Dr. Yanling Yang, is a lecturer in Marketing Communication at Leeds Business School. She obtained her PhD at the School of Media and Communication University of Leeds in 2017. Her thesis ‘Film as an instrument of China’s soft power: practice, outcomes and dilemmas’ analysed the role of film as an instrument of nation’s soft power with a focus on China. The study combines a document analysis of China’s cultural policy since 1949, semi-structured interviews with key players in China’s film industry and a secondary data analysis to evaluate the potential of film as an instrument of China’s soft power. This research brings together her main research interests: film industry, cultural policy, digital media, soft power and international communication. Yanling’s thesis was supervised by Professor Katrin Voltmer and Professor Kate Oakley. Examiners were Simon Popple and Dr Xiaoling Zhang (University of Nottingham).


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