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Rachel Tavernor
Associate Tutor (Cultural Studies)


Communicating Solidarity: The Cultural Politics and Practices of Humanitarian NGO Campaigns

My research examines humanitarian activism facilitated by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Focusing on two coalition campaigns, Enough Food IF (2013) and Make Poverty History (2005), my thesis investigates how popular understandings of humanitarianism are promoted and understood in relation to the politics of poverty. Visual communication, including images, videos and infographics, is the site of investigations. By addressing visual communication in relation to protest campaigns, my thesis contributes new perspectives to a field that predominantly focuses on fundraising appeals.


Keywords: Activism, Audiences, Humanitarian Communication, Poverty, Solidarity