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Ahmed Topkev

MA (Sofia University, Bulgaria)

Position: PhD Student


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75688

Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building

PhD Research

A Democratic Perspective on Reporting Religion: Newspaper Representations of Christians and Muslims in Britain and Turkey

This research examines and compares, from a democratic perspective, how national newspapers report religion, in general, and, in particular, the socio-religious groups of Christians and Muslims at a national and cross-national level in two different countries – Britain and Turkey, with two distinct models of democracy; tests whether the newspaper coverage of religion encourages or undermines the contribution of religion to democracy.

Through the cross-comparative approach based on content analysis and critical discourse analysis it is aimed not only to fill a gap in the field, but also to generate insights that may well contribute to improving the problematic relationship between the media and democratic politics, the media and religion, and thus have a real effect and tangible impact on society.

Supervisors: Dr. Kerry Moore (01/04/2012 - Present),  Dr. Verica Rupar (1 April – 10 December 2012), Dr Mark Donovan (29/10/2013 - Present)

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Research Interests

Ethical journalism, journalism and news media, democracy, the media-democracy relationship, deliberative and participatory democracy, society, active citizenship, religion, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, media representation, comparative journalism studies


Ahmed is a student rep on the PhD Staff/Student Panel in JOMEC (October 2012 - present)


PhD (Journalism Studies)  Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, the UK, 1 April 2012 - present

MA thesis title: Language and Media Representations of Muslims in British Newspapers, 2009

MA Border & Cultural Studies (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, 2007)

BA Bulgarian & English Language & Literature (Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Bulgaria, 2005)

Work Experience

09/03/2009 - 17/02/2012 English/Turkish Tutor, Higher Islamic Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria

01/04/2008 - 30/06/2009 English/Turkish/Bulgarian Tutor, Druzhba Language School, Sofia, Bulgaria

01/05/2008 - 30/09/2008 English Tutor, Pharos Schools of Languages and Computing, Sofia, Bulgaria

01/12/2006 - 31/08/2008 English Tutor, Leter Language School, Sofia, Bulgaria

Participation in International Programmes

United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program – Current U.S. Political, Social and Educational Issues for Young Muslim Leaders, in Washington D.C., New York, Huntsville (Alabama), Houston (Texas), Austin (Texas), Seattle (Washington), the United States of America, 8-26 February, 2010. The programme language was English


Bulgarian (mother language), English, Turkish