We attract scholars and industry leaders who work with us for short periods of time.
Visiting scholars can contribute to our research, our teaching, provide consulting and insight into the development of our degree programmes or further their own studies.
Current visiting fellows
Dr Xiuling Zhu
Her research interests are focused around children and media, family communication. She is the author of two books including Research on Prevention and Guidance of Adolescent Online Risk from the Perspective of Family Communication (2021) and Adolescents’ Mobile Phones Use and Family Intergenerational Communication (2017) and has published articles in Chinese leading journals such as Journalism Bimonthly, Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, China Youth Study, etc. and is currently working on a project examining the incentive and cultivation mechanism of adolescents’ online prosocial behaviour in Digital Age.
Alex Aiken is an Executive Director for Government Communication. He focuses on security and international communication issues and leads the Cabinet Office communication team. He also oversees government campaigns on the Union and ‘Levelling Up’. He was appointed in December 2012 and was responsible for creating the Government Communication Service (GCS) and developing cross-government campaigns.
He served as GCS Head of Profession, responsible for government communication strategy, managing the combined Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office communications team from 2012 to 2021.
Between 2000 and 2012 he was Director of Communications and Strategy for Westminster City Council, leading the policy, member services and communications teams. He was part of the group that oversaw the implementation of the Tri-Borough Shared Services programme and established the Westco communications consultancy which works for public and private sector clients around the UK. Prior to Westminster he worked in political communication.
He has been National Secretary of LG communications and Vice Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association Council. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
Rod is the Principal of Rod Cartwright Consulting, a strategic communication consulting firm, established in late-2019, whose mission is to enhance human preparedness, organizational resilience and business performance.
Over a 25+ year PR career, he has held board-level positions at top-10 international agency networks Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and GCI. He was a Partner and Global Corporate Practice Director at Ketchum, before becoming EMEA Regional Director at Text100 (now Archetype).
An internationally renowned crisis communication expert – with frontline crisis experience including Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 – Rod chairs the EACD’s Crisis & Risk Communication Expert Group and is Special Advisor to the CIPR’s Crisis Communication Network.
A former PRCA Board member and PA Committee Chair, he was Deputy Chair of the Association’s Global COVID-19 Communications Taskforce, a member of its Professional Practices Committee for the Bell Pottinger affair and sits on the Steering Committee of the PRCA/ICCO Ukraine Communications Support Network.
In 2020, he won the World Communication Forum's inaugural 'Silver Star Award’ at the Davos Communication Awards, recognizing a practitioner over the age of 50 who has made – and continues to make – significant contributions to public relations and communications practice.
David Hurn is an award-winning photographer and a member of the world-leading cooperative, Magnum Photos. With a reputation established by his photo-reportage during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, David created some of the defining images of London in the 1960s. He also captured memorable images of late-twentieth-century America and has spent half a century documenting his native Wales, examining what the idea of culture means for people and places across the nation.
David established the famous Newport School of Documentary Photography in 1973 and ran it until 1989, training a generation of some of the most innovative and successful photographers. He is also author with the late Bill Jay of On Being a Photographer (1997), a hugely popular discussion on the experience and practice of photography. David gave his last public lecture at JOMEC on 15 February 2020 (‘Key Decisions of a Magnum Photographer’) in association with the Royal Photographic Society. On 20 October 2020 he is due to receive a Lucie Award in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall honouring achievements in photography.
Dr Mathew Charles
Dr Mathew Charles is a journalist with twenty years of experience in television, radio and print. He has worked for major news organisations, including the BBC, CNN and AFP. He is an award-winning filmmaker and has a PhD from JOMEC at Cardiff University. Currently based in Bogotá, Colombia, Mathew works as a freelance foreign correspondent for the BBC and The Telegraph. His research examines the intersection of citizenship and journalism in contexts of organised crime and conflict. He has taught on journalism and anthropology/sociology courses at Bournemouth University and Goldsmiths College, London.
Dr Prasun Sonwalkar
Dr Prasun Sonwalkar is a London-based journalist reporting the UK and Europe for various international news organisations. After a career reporting key events in India and south Asia since the early 1980s, he completed a PhD from the University of Leicester on a Commonwealth Scholarship and taught for a decade at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and Bournemouth University. He has been a Press Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. His research on international journalism, media and political violence, journalism practice and journalism history has been published in several journals and edited collections.
Recent visiting fellows
Professor Emel Başturk
Salla Tuomola is a PhD student from the Tampere University, Finland. She will be in Cardiff for 6 months as an Erasmus+ trainee and visiting PhD student, working on the last article of her dissertation under supervision of Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen. In her work, she investigates public debate on refugee coverage, especially in anti-immigrant alternative media, focusing on right-wing populist rhetoric, emotions and polarization.
In Finland, she gathered the data mainly from the ’MV-lehti’ (straight translation would be the ’WTF magazine’), which has a strong right-wing populist and anti-immigrant agenda. It is a reflective online outlet based on criticism of mainstream media. In the UK, she will gather the data for her case study on the Breitbart London website, which is a comparable version of the MV-lehti.
Gulden Gursoy Ataman
Gulden Gursoy Ataman is a visiting PhD candidate and research assistant from the Journalism Department of Ankara University in Turkey. Her ongoing PhD work focuses on journalism and the production of human rights news in Turkey in the 1990s.
Didde Elnif is a PhD scholar and journalistic lecturer from Centre for Journalism at University of Southern (SDU), Denmark. Her PhD project originated from working as a social media editor, wondering why every conversation about journalism and social media ended up focusing on generating traffic or about branding, and seldom about purpose of journalism or the actual content. In her project she explores how news media can redefine it’s use of social media – especially Facebook – to substantiate its core functioning in society, focusing on supporting and assisting deliberation, and enlightenment of the public for the public good.
Past visiting fellows
Chris Peters is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen campus, Denmark. His research investigates the changing experiences, visualities, and spatiotemporal aspects of information in a digital era, and the sociocultural transformations associated with this in everyday life. His research is especially focused on news audiences and the meanings people make from journalism in a digital era. In tandem, he weighs this against the shifting media landscape and how it forces information distributors – and the news industry specifically – to reconsider their expectations, approaches, and impact.
Dr Saara Ratilainen
Dr Saara Ratilainen is a visiting academic at the School until 9 December 2018. Saara is based at the University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri-institute where she is a Postdoctoral researcher. Currently Saara works on her research project on Russian digital media and tackles it from the perspective of technological globalization and transnational cultural flows. Her case studies include Russian web series, online fan communities and new generation of digital magazines. Saara also collaborates on Galina Miazhevich’s research project ‘A Quiet Revolution? Discursive Representations of Non-heteronormative Sexuality’. Saara’s latest publication is the special issue ‘Culture in Putin’s Russia: Institutions, Industries, Policies’ co-edited with Sanna Turoma and Elena Trubina and published in Cultural Studies (vol 32, no 5, 2018). Saara is currently finalising a special issue for Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media on women and technology in the post-Soviet context.
Sergul Tasdemir is a visiting PhD fellow from the Communications Department of Galatasaray University in Turkey. After receiving her MA degree in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris, she worked for the news channel CNN Turk as a correspondent covering local and foreign news. Her ongoing PhD research focuses on Media Ethics and Cosmopolitanism in BBC World News. Meanwhile, she works as a freelance editor for the news site Journo.com, a media organization aiming to enhance the quality of journalism practices in Turkey.
Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir is the head of the master's programme in Journalism at the University of Iceland and a PhD student in journalism at Roskilde University in Denmark. Her ongoing PhD thesis focuses on the state of the news media in Iceland times of great change in the media environment.
Lu Pengcheng is an associate professor of School of Communication at East China Normal University. His research focuses on the history of journalism in modern China. As a visiting fellow, he is now working on a research project 'The cooperation and competition between foreign Chinese reporters and Chinese reporters', supervised by Professor Stuart Allan.
Henri Assogba is an Associate Professor of Journalism in the Department of Information and Communication at Université Laval (Quebec city – Canada). His main fields of research are the media treatment of environmental issues, environmental journalism, changes in journalistic practices, radio studies, media and democracy in French sub-Saharan Africa.
He is a regular researcher for the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l’Afrique et le Moyen-Orient and the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la communication, l’information et la société. He has recently coordinated a special issue for the scientific journal Communication on the real and imagined audience of Internet professionals and co-authored the book about the impact of the digital revolution in the Quebec newspaper and printing industry.
Atiya Dar is a PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies at BZU in Multan, Pakistan. She is conducting her research on “News Media Agenda on the Environment: A Transnational Comparative Analysis of Pakistan and Britain.” A major area of her research is a quantitative study of news framing. She has also published research articles in well-reputed journals in Pakistan. Her areas of interest are political communication, psychological effects of political talk shows and radio broadcasting.
Fozia Perveen is a PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies at BZU in Multan, Pakistan, and completed her Master's degree in Communication Studies from BZU Multan in 2005. She works as a public relations officer and is deputy assistant director of a media monitoring unit. She has completed a Public Affairs Qualifications Course (PAQC) from the Defence Information School, USA, and attended various public affairs workshops inland and abroad. Her PhD research topic at BZU is 'Press Military relations in Pakistan: An editorial analysis of elite Pakistani newspapers.
Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh
Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh, a Senior Lecturer from HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is an academic with a predilection for treating the law as a living organism, Jaspal attempts to balance her interests in both traditional and emerging areas of law in Malaysia. She specialises in Legal Systems, Law of Information and Communication Technology and Media Law, particularly free speech and expression.
Professor Yun Long
Professor Yun Long was a visiting academic at JOMEC. Her paper (co-authorship) entitled Journalism and Education in China: The Reality and Challenges in Digital Era (Coauthored) was published by the special issue of the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies (AJMS) in March 2016.
Associate Professor Jake Lynch
Associate Professor Jake Lynch is the Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg.
Niko Hatakka was a visiting PhD candidate from the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. Niko worked on two journal articles on the interactions of far-right online activism, populist party-communication and political journalism.
Dr Shahzad Ali
Dr Shahzad Ali was associated to Cardiff's School of Journalism, Media and Culture for the period of one year with regard to his Postdoctoral fellowship offered and funded by Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan under the supervision of Professor Stuart Allan.
Dr Juliane Lischka
Dr Juliane Lischka visited us from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and supported research within the news media theme of the ESRC funded project 'Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society'.
Professor Jesús Arroyave
Professor Jesús Arroyave was a visiting scholar (funded by the University’s Incoming Visiting Fellowship Scheme). Jesús, is an Associate Professor and Director, at the School of Communication, Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, Colombia.
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