Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Careers and alumni


Our PhD graduates achieve highly, whatever their chosen career. As academics, they work in some of the best universities across the world. In commerce, government and third sector organisations, they lead, support and advise at the highest level. Here a few of our recent graduates outline why a PhD from the School has been so valuable to them.

Dr Cristina Archetti, Lecturer in Politics and Media, University of Salford, PhD 2008

Pursuing a PhD at Leeds University has given my research an award-winning multidisciplinary edge. I finished my thesis on the international media coverage of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan in the US, France, Italy and Pakistan in 2008. An article based on my research, which brought together international communication, politics and journalism, was awarded the 2008 Denis McQuail Award for Innovating Communication Theory. My thesis was published in 2010 as Explaining News: National Politics and Journalistic Cultures in Global Context (New York: Palgrave).

Since then I have developed a range of interests, including the role of communication in the phenomenon of international terrorism and the use of new media by diplomats and foreign correspondents. I am currently Lecturer in Politics and Media at the University of Salford and writing my third book.

Yuri Misnikov, PhD 2011

PhD graduate Yuri Misnikov

PhD graduate Yuri Misnikov

‘As an already established professional following a 13-year career with the United Nations, I wasn’t most the typical PhD student at the School. Changing gears at a mature age by embarking on such a difficult journey as writing (and defending) a PhD thesis was a risky enterprise, even though Iknew what research was all about from my distant post-graduate past. On the plus side, though, was my strong commitment, clarity about my objectives, ability to plan my work and balance it with an interesting life in the UK.

The support I received from literally each staff member of the school and University at large I met, and especially from the post-graduate tutors and my PhD supervisor, made all the difference. From organising a first ever PhD conference in 2007 to asking questions at the Institute’s regular research seminar, from presenting your work at a meeting of the school’s Center for Digital Citizenship to attending a workshop explaining how to plan and publish your PhD, from consulting with the friendly staff of the International Student Office to discussing with the PhD supervisor how to improve a newly drafted chapter – all these were the moments of change and advancement.

Professor Stephen Coleman was truly a mentor skilfully guiding me through the theoretical jungles of new media and communications, which was crucial for building my confidence that “I can do it”. Since receiving my PhD degree in 2011, I have written two articles for two academic journals, spoken at international events, consulted to organisations based on my expertise, and prepared a research proposal for a post-doctoral fellowship at another University. Thus the lesson is this – if you feel that the time has come to improve your professional competitiveness, regardless of how old you are, just come to Leeds to study communications and you will also do it!

Yuri’s articles are:

‘How to read and treat online public discussions among ordinary citizens beyond political mobilisation: empirical evidence from the Russian-language online forums’. Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 7: 1-37.


Internet discussions in democratic theory and practice. In A collection of academic papers on social media and virtual digital communities (in Russian). Institute of Scientific Information in Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences. To be published October 2012.

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