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Future perspectives in International Communications and Development: where do we go from here?



Advance registration is now closed. You may register on the morning of the 20th January at 9.30am.


The Centre for International Communication and Society (CICS) at City University London present a two day Postgraduate conference in International Communications and Development from Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st January 2016.

This conference is targeted at Masters and PhD students to further develop their ideas and research interests in a conference setting, with the support of academics and practitioners.

Programme and abstracts

Documents can be viewed online or downloaded to your laptop or mobile device and printed. Please note, hard copies will not be provided at the conference.

Conference programme and speaker abstracts (pdf)  - timings subject to change

Workshop session details (pdf)

Student presentation abstracts (pdf)

Conference details 

The year 2015 is being seen as a year for global action and expansion of some of the aims of the 2015 eight Millennium Development Goals, including the reduction of gender inequality and the empowerment of women, as well as the eradication of extreme poverty.

There are some reasons to be cheerful: 90% of children in developing regions now enjoy primary education, gender inequality has fallen in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, and countries like China and Brazil have managed to significantly reduce inequality in the last few decades. Since the financial crisis of 2008, much of the developed world has seen an increasing rise in the gap between the rich and the poor, pressures on the welfare state, higher levels of unemployment, flexible working and also a striking rise of homelessness throughout European cities like London and Paris.

2014 also saw far-left parties, with a clear anti-austerity message, reach government in countries like Greece (SYRIZA) or become very popular (PODEMOS in Spain). The World Economic Forum in January 2015 also discussed an Oxfam report that underlined how the high income gap between the rich and the poor poses significant future problems for the global community. Thus the discussion on how to pursue a better path for development and improvement of democratic processes, and the ways in which the media can assist in this process, has become all the more urgent.

This conference is an opportunity for Masters and PhD students to further develop their ideas and research interests in a conference setting, with the support of academics and practitioners. Students who have completed the MA in International Communication and Development, and the MA in Media and Communication, at City University London in recent years, have either progressed their studies to undertake a doctoral degree or gone on to work in the UN, European Parliament and other NGOs. They have shown a keen interest in the role of social media for development, gender development programmes and the uses of media and communications for the reduction of inequality and the strengthening of democracy throughout the world.

This conference will provide a forum for addressing some of the core themes raised by these students, ranging from theoretical frameworks on the role of media in development to the uses of the media in creating awareness of development issues. 

Core themes

  • Theoretical frameworks on media and development
  • Gender and development programmes: Human rights approaches
  • The role of ICTs, NGOS, the state and the market in development
  • Social movements and participatory democracy
  • The future role of the BRIC countries and area studies
  • Sustainable development; Development and democratisation

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Toby Miller, Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University in London
  • Professor of Journalism, Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex, and the UK’s representative on Unesco’s Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communications
  • Shakuntala Banaji, Programme Director for the MSc in Media, Communication and Development' in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE
  • Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Sheffield, Lecturer and former foreign correspondent 
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster
  • Jean Chalaby, Professor of International Communications, City University London 
  • Mirca Madianou, Reader in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Carolina Matos, City University London
  • Professor Petros Iosifidis, City University London
  • Dr Dan Mercea, City University London
  • Winston Mano, Director of African Media Centre and course leader of the MA in Media and Development, University of Westminster

Organisation and participants

This conference takes place over the course of two days, and includes talks by keynote speakers working in the field of media and development, international journalism and communications, cultural studies and sociology. There will be different workshops sessions where postgraduate and research students would have the opportunity to give papers and present their work. The conference is organised by the CCIS at the Department of Sociology but also welcomes the participation of other departments at City, including International Politics and Creative Industries, which has recently joined the Sociology Department, as well as Journalism.

The conference includes the support of some of our university partners, such as Loughborough University, the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster; Media and Communications, LSE; the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, City University, and the University of Sussex. Speakers include academics and practitioners, including NGOs representatives and former as well as practising journalists. Current and former MA students, as well as PhD students, will be invited to attend and have an opportunity to present their work in a professional and academic environment.


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When & where

From Wednesday 20th January 2016 to Thursday 21st January 2016

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom