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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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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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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.


Clothworkers' Building North (PhD room)

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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.


Washington, D.C.

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