Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication




Our PhD students actively engage with the academic community from the word go. Below you will find some examples of their work.

PhD Symposium 2016

Held on Monday 21st March 2016, a daylong internal PhD Symposium saw sixteen of the School’s doctoral candidates present their research to an audience of School of Media and Communication staff and students. The Symposium was organised by two doctoral candidates, Ysabel Gerrard and Lone Sorensen, with the assistance of Dr. Julie Firmstone, Nely Konstantinova, and James Mason.

Find out more here.

Beyond Afro-Pessimism? French and British elite press discourse on Africa

Toussaint Nothias’ PhD provides a comparative study of French and British elite press discourse on Africa, and in particular on the presence of Afro-pessimism, a discourse supposed to pervade Western news media.

This paper was presented in May 2013 at a PhD Master Class in the Vrije , Engaging Journalism’s Future, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with Professor Barbie Zelizer.

Beyond Afro-Pessimism – Toussaint Nothias

Getting Uncle Sam’s attention: Public diplomacy in the context of US-Finnish relations

Doctoral student Molly Bettie is exploring the role of student exchanges as a tool of public diplomacy, focusing on the case of the Fulbright Program.

In this presentation, she explores relations between the US and Finland as a particular case of public diplomacy where cultural and educational activities have played an important historical role in cementing good relations between the two countries.

Getting Uncle Sam’s Attention – Molly Bettie

The transformation of intimacy and privacy through social networking sites

Cristina Miguel’s doctoral studies focus on our interactions with the ever-changing world of social media. This paper was presented in September 2012 at the first Society of Socio-Informatics International Workshop for Young Researchers: Adoption of Social Networking, held at Maebashi University (Japan).

In the paper, Cristina explores the characteristics of intimacy practices on social media and questions whether intimacy online really exists, given the lack of privacy in online settings and the fact that many authors consider that intimacy in public ceases to be intimacy. The paper also examines why people expose their intimacy through social media, given the privacy risks, and the new strategies that people use to manage their privacy online.

The Transformation of Intimacy and Privacy through Social Networking Sites – Cristina Miguel

Culture and Development in Burkina Faso: Social and Economic Impacts Explored

This paper, published by doctoral student Christiaan De Beukelear, is a policy analysis of Burkina Faso’s attempts to valorise its cultural sector and traditions for social and economic development. The paper explores in particular a recent study conducted for the Burkinabe` Ministry of Culture, focusing on the practical links between social and economic development, the definition and demarcation of culture and cultural industries, and the recommendations put forward in the Report.

De Beukelaer concludes that much remains to be done in order to provide a more strategically useful and practically applicable understanding of the ways cultural and development policies can work to support social and economic development in the country.

Culture and Development in Burkina Faso: Social and Economic Impacts Explored – Christiaan De Beukelear.

2012 PhD Conference Proceedings

Our PhD students host a popular conference each year, attracting significant numbers of national and international delegates to Leeds to discuss major issues in the media, communication and cultural industries. In 2012, the conference theme was Convergence, Engagement and Power. You can download the PDF of the conference proceedings from the link below.

2012 PhD Conference Proceedings

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