Dr Lina Dencik BA (Lancaster), MA (Warwick), PhD (Goldsmiths)

Dr Lina Dencik BA (Lancaster), MA (Warwick), PhD (Goldsmiths)

Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

+44 (0)29 2087 5461
0.61B, Bute Building

Lina Dencik is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and serves as Director for the MA Journalism, Media and Communications and the newly established Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance and globalisation. Recently, she has moved into the areas of digital surveillance and the politics of data and worked on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder funded by the Media Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations.

She is the author of three books including Media and Global Civil Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century (co-authored with Peter Wilkin, Peter Lang, 2015), and Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Emancipation and Control (co-edited with Oliver Leistert, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015). She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously worked at the Central European University in Budapest where she is still a Fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS). Prior to that she worked as a television producer/director at Brook Lapping Productions in London.

Professional memberships

  • Member of ECREA
  • Member of IAMCR
  • Member of ICA
  • Member of AoIR

Education and qualifications:

  • 2011: PhD (Media & Communications), Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2004: MA (International Relations), Warwick University
  • 2003: BA (Politics & International Relations), Lancaster University

Career overview:

  • 2012 - present: Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • 2011 - 2012: Research Fellow, Centre for Media, Data & Society, Central European University
  • 2009 - 2011: Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University and Bedfordshire University
  • 2008 - 2011: Visiting Tutor, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2004 - 2008: Producer/Director, Brook Lapping Productions

Autumn semester:

  • Politics of Global Communication (MA)
  • Social Media, Politics and Society (BA)

Spring semester:

  • Social Media and Politics (MA)
  • Putting Research Into Practice II (discourse/framing analysis) (MA)

BA, MA, PhD supervision in areas of:

  • digital/social media
  • alternative media
  • big data
  • surveillance
  • politics
  • protest and activism

With a background in Politics and International Relations as well as Media and Communications, Lina is guided by an interdisciplinary approach to understanding media and social and political change. She is the author of Media and Global Civil Society (Palgrave 2012) which takes a critical look at developments in news practices and cosmopolitan theories of ‘global civil society’ as well as co-author (with Peter Wilkin) of Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century (Peter Lang 2015) which examines digital activism and the changing nature of labour movements in the contemporary global political economy. She is also co-editor (with Oliver Leistert) of the volume Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation (Rowman & Littlefield International 2015), which critically interrogates the uses of commercial social media platforms for the purposes of anti-systemic protest movements.

Lina has recently been involved in a number of projects that examine aspects of citizenship in a digital age and acted as investigator on the projects ‘Managing “Threats”: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder’ funded by the Media Democracy, Open Society Foundations and Ford Foundation as well as the ESRC-funded project 'Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen relations after the Snowden leaks' both hosted at Cardiff University.

She would be happy to supervise PhD students in any of these areas.

Research Interests

  • Globalisation
  • Social/Digital Media
  • Activism and Resistance
  • Politics of Data
  • Political Economy
  • Global Journalism