Dr Marina Dekavalla

Post:Senior Lecturer in Journalism (Media and Film)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876587
International:+44 1273 876587

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I am Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the School of Film, Media and Music and I teach on the BA in Journalism.

My research interests are in the relationship between journalism and politics. I was recently PI of an ESRC funded project on the television framing of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum (2015-2016; ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme). I have also worked on research on the future of the news industry in the digital era. My work has been published in a range of journals, including Journalism; Media, Culture and Society; and British Politics. My monograph, Framing Referendum Campaigns in the News, was published in 2018 by MUP.

I am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts). I am also part of a European network of researchers exploring the future of the press industry in small nations. I served as Convenor of the SMCA (Scottish Media and Communication Association) between 2013-2017.

I joined Sussex University as Senior Lecturer in 2017. I had previously been Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies at the University of Stirling, since 2011. I have also worked at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities. I completed my PhD in journalism studies at Stirling University in 2010, and I also hold an MA from Stirling and a BA from the University of Athens. Before the academy, I worked in the communications industry for several years. 

I have supervised PhD research projects on political communication in the Quebec and Scottish referendums; press-state relations in India; public diplomacy in moments of national crisis; and sense-making in organisational change in Malaysia.

I welcome PhD proposals on any of the topics under the 'research expertise' section of my profile above. 


Senior Lecturer in Journalism