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

Professor Lina Dencik

BA (Lancaster), MA (Warwick), PhD (Goldsmiths)


+44 (0)29 2087 5461
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Media commentator


Lina Dencik is Professor in Digital Communication and Society at Cardiff's School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance, governance and the politics of data.

Lina works across a number of projects and is Principal Investigator on the project DATAJUSTICE funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2018-2023). With the Data Justice Lab, she has also worked on two further projects, Data Scores as Governance funded by the Open Society Fondations and Data Policies funded by IDRC India (in collaboration with IT for Change), and is currently working on a two-year project Towards Democratic Auditing funded by the Open Society Foundations. Previously, she 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 has published five 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), Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Emancipation and Control (co-edited with Oliver Leistert, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015) and Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (co-authored with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Polity Press 2018). Her fifth book The Media Manifesto (with Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg) was published by Polity Press in 2020. 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.


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:

  • 2020 -         : Professor, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
  • 2018 - 2020: Reader, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
  • 2016 - 2018: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
  • 2012 - 2016: Lecturer, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
  • 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

Professional memberships

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














Current and recent modules:

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

BA, MA, PhD supervision in areas of:

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

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
  • Social Justice


Past projects