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Dr Janet Harris PhD (Cardiff)

Dr Janet Harris

PhD (Cardiff)

Senior Lecturer

+44(0)29 208 76279
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS


Highly experienced versatile producer/director in documentaries and factual television having worked at the BBC and freelance for many years, with credits on BAFTA and Grierson award winning series.  Course leader in MA Digital Documentaries with experience of teaching and developing modules in international journalism and on practical and academic media courses.


Career Overview

2103 - present: Senior Lecturer Cardiff University

2011-2012: Lecturer Swansea University

2002 - 2103: Freelance TV producer/Director

This World: Did my son die in Vain? BBC2 2013: Doha Heroes Al Rayyan TV 2012: British Army: Be the Best? Sky 1 2005: The Queen's Cavalry BBC1 2005; Soldier, Husband, Daughter, Dad. BBC1 2004: Spy BBC2 2004: Inside Saddam's Iraq ITV & Middle East Broadcasting 2004: Fighting the War BBC2 2003: Flying School C5 2002.

Edit Director: Murder or Mutiny 2006 Sky TV:

TV Producer/Director BBC

The Money Programme 2002; Welcome To Britain (Series) BBC2 2001 BAFTA nomination); Brighton Bill (Series) BBC1 2000; Soldiers to Be BBC1 (Series) 1999; Animal Police (Series) BBC1 1998

Assistant Producer

1997 The System (Peter Dale) Grierson Award 1995 Mad About the Boy’ (Helena Appio) Modern times BBC2: 1993 Line Producer 'Sarajevo: Street Under Siege BAFTA Best original series) 1993 BBC2: 40 Minutes BBC2 Ed: Paul Watson.


2012 PhD Cardiff JOMEC

Honours and awards

Nominated for BAFTA & Broadcast Award Best Series finalist -  'Welcome to Britain' 2001.

GRIERSON award for Best Series 'The System' 1997

BAFTA - best original idea Sarajevo: Street Under Siege 1993

Professional memberships

Member of Directors UK
Member of War and Media Association
BTEC Level 4 – professional Award: SURVIVING HOSTILE REGIONS (AKE)
Associate Fellow of HEA
Co-Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film & Visual Culture Research

External Examiner Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Academic positions

2011 - 2012 Lecturer: Swansea University

Speaking engagements

University of Cardiff ‘The Future of Journalism’ Sept 2015

University of Reading, Disappearing War 13 April 2015

University of Udine: Filmforum festival 2015

Falmouth University; International Documentary Conference. 4-6 Sept 2014

Newcastle University: AJE Annual Conference: 21 June 2013

TMC Asser Instituut, The Hague: ‘On the Front Line of Accountability – War reportingand related contemporary issues in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law’– 21 Jan 2011

De Montfort University: Mediating Women War & Terrorism: 12 Sept 2011

University of Westminster: Global Media and the War on Terror: 13-14 Sept 2010.

South Bank University: Screens of Terror 9-11 Sept 2010

Bournemouth University: Symposium on War Reporting 2/7/2010

Shrivenham Defence College: Culture in Conflict 16/6/2010

Committees and reviewing

2013- present: Member Ethics Committee










  • Course Leader - MA in Digital Documentaries
  • Lecturer - MAIJ - Journalistic Modes -  Information Gathering and Analysis
  • Module Coordinator - Documentary pathway

Documentary, war, international journalism, journalist safety, 


Past projects