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Dr Sharif Mowlabocus

Post:Lecturer in Media Studies (Centre for Photography and Visual Culture)
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I am very much a product of the University of Sussex - and proud of it. In 1996 I graduated from the university with BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies. In 1999 I returned to  complete a Masters in Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change and in 2006 I  received my doctorate in Media and Cultural Studies.

Currently I am a Senior Lecturer in Media and Digital Media, based within the School of Media, Film and Music. I am also involved in the MA in Sexual Dissidence, based in the School of English. Details of my teaching and research can be found on this profile. 

While Sussex remains my intellectual home, I have been fortunate enough to teach and research at an international level. 

I taught at Zhongshan university (Guangzhou, China) in the summer of 2012 and 2013. Having visited Microsoft Research (Cambridge, Mass.) in 2010, I also undertook a visiting fellowship with the Social media Collective at MSR in the Spring/Summer of 2017.

In the Spring of 2018 I will be a visting scholar at Stanford University, where I will be attached to the Department of Communication.  


Senior Lecturer in Media and Digital Media 





Community and Business

In my research I regularly collaborate with, and consult for, external companies and organisations. 

In 2009 I worked on the Count Me In Too project, examining LGBT lives in the Sussex region. A community-university partnership project run by Brighton University, this research involved collaborating with a range of third-sector and statutory stakeholders. 

Following the succes of this proejct, I began collaborating with the Terrence Higgins Trust and two of my projects (Porn Laid Bare and Reaching Out Online) have involved extensive collaboration with this leading HIV charity.

Most recently (2016) I acted as a consultant researcher to Durex International on a project that explored issues of intimacy and technology.