Melanie Friend
Reader in Photography (Media and Film)
Subject area: Media Practice
T: +44 (0)1273 877853


Before Melanie came to Sussex she taught documentary photography on BA Photography degrees at several universities, and was a visiting tutor for 10 years on the postgraduate diploma in photojournalism at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).

Melanie joined the University of Sussex in September 2003 and teaches photography & photojournalism at all levels. She convenes and teaches on the MA module Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics (863P4) which she set up in 2009/10. (Note: Melanie is not teaching this module in Spring 2016 as she is on research leave). 

Melanie is interested in supervising photography-based projects for the Creative & Critical Practice PhD. Her current PhD students are:

Sally Bream, who is working on the photographic representation of climate change (co-supervision with Nick Till in Media, Film & Music).

Olga Saavedra Montes de Oca, who is exploring how gender roles affect the family landscape of transgendered individuals in contemporary Cuba (co-supervision with Paul Boyce, School of Global Studies). 

Hasnaa Alkhateeb, who is pursuing a visual comparative analysis on women in gated communities in Saudi Arabia and the UK (co-supervision with Margaretta Jolly, in Media, Film & Music).

Joy Stacey, whose practice-based research will examine constructed lens-based images used in Palestinian resistance, focusing on the role of traditional costume in performative visual materials created by the Palestinian Authority, NGOs and independent cultural producers (co-supervision with Ben Burbridge, in the School of Art History, History & Philosophy). Joy has a CHASE studentship (AHRC).