MAH_logotype_english_originalThis is the blog for the Communication for Development master’s programme at Malmö University. If you are starting ComDev in the autumn of 2014 this is where you’ll find the most up-to-date information about the programme and your studies. In mid-July, the official course guide for ComDev will be published in the “For Students” section. This guide contains all the information you need regarding your registration, the different tools we use as well as important dates for the first part of the autumn term .

Meanwhile, we would like to welcome you to join our upcoming seminars, the next one taking place at University of Guelph, Canada, 22 – 23 May 2014 as part of the Glocal Classroom project. If you’re unable to attend in person, the seminar will be broadcast live here. To connect with us during the seminars and lecture use #comdev_live.

To find out more about your lecturers for the coming years, visit the Staff section on the portal and be sure to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Looking forward meeting all of you in September!


ComDev students and lecturers at the Ørecomm Festival in September 2013.

Issue No. 20 of the Glocal Times can be read in full here.

Nine months have passed since the publication of Issue No. 19 of Glocal Times, and in the meantime there has been plenty of activity within the field. To mention but a few examples: in November 2013, the Second Nordic Conference for Development Knowledge “Knowing Development – Developing Knowledge?”, held in Finland, included a Working Group on Communication for Development chaired by Hilde Arntsen that looked into the practice of communication of development and social change in a critical vein. In May 2014, the University of Sheffield in the UK hosted the conference Media and Governance in Latin America: Exploring the role of communication for development. On the publishing front, the Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change, edited by Thomas Tufte and Karin Wilkins with Rafael Obregón, has just been released. Pradip Thomas has recently published a chapter entitled “Theorizing Development, Communication and Social Change” in the collection Communication Theories in a Multicultural World, and Martin Scott has just written Media and Development. Malmö University’s Master’s program in Communication for Development in turn has been busy with the Glocal Classroom project and preparations for the Voice & Matter conference, to be held in September of this year, arranged by Ørecomm.   

Amidst what may be described as a flurry of activity, Issue No. 20 of Glocal Times once again engages with communication for development from a threefold perspective: as a field of study, as professional practice and as an institutional project.

Three articles speak to the richness of the field of study. To begin with, Poul Erik Nielsen exemplifies and discusses the challenge of how to investigate the technological, financial, political and socio-cultural dynamics behind the development of ‘locally specific’ but ‘globally influenced’ media environments, with an eye to the link between individual and collective appropriations of the media available in specific scenarios. Next, two recent graduates from Malmö University’s Master’s program in Communication for Development introduce their respective theses. Charlotte Jenner investigates audience engagement with the novel audiovisual media genre of interactive web documentary. Combining the use of surveys, individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups, Jenner identifies modes of, and barriers to, engagement among audience samples from Norway, Sweden and the UK. Pearl Jones studies the role of the visual arts and of film among North Korean defectors/refugees. Jones explores visual representation from the combined perspective of production and consumption, supplementing her interpretation of the cases selected with interviews to artists and questionnaires to audiences.

Two articles consider varieties of the professional practice of communication for development. Gareth Benest walks us through the process of facilitating a capacity-building program in participatory video in Myanmar (Burma) and shares his reflections on the experience, which constituted the first venture into the country of InsightShare, an organization based in the UK that specializes in the use of participatory video for community development. Nubia Rojas starts from an interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of the documentary “The Act of Killing”, and considers the film’s impact in the process of social change taking place in Indonesia.

Last but not least, an article contributed by two members of the Communication for Development Team of the Food and Agriculture Organization introduces us to the Team’s goals and activities for 2014, declared by the United Nations International Year of Family Farming. Here, communication for development as an institutional project comes into view.

We hope that you will find this new issue of Glocal Times both informative and thought-provoking, and we welcome your views on the matters raised here, and your suggestions for future issues.

By Florencia Enghel, editor of Glocal Times

On Wednesday 11 June  The Communication for Development Masters Programme at Malmö University will hold a joint seminar in collaboration with the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID).

This afternoon seminar takes place at the School of Arts and Communication in Malmö and will be held in conjunction with the Degree Project Examinations for students completing their final term of the programme.

You are very welcome to come and join us in Malmö for this event.

TITLE: IPID-ComDev seminar ‘ICT4D, crisis communication and social change

VENUE: Medea, Malmö Högskola, Kultur och samhälle K3, Östra Varvsgatan 11 A, 211 73 Malmö

TIME: Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 13:00-16:00 (Swedish time)

SCHEDULE: 13.00-13.15: Welcome (Edgar Napoleon, IPID; Tobias Denskus, ComDev)

13.15-14.15 The role of Identity in ICT4D – Presentation and discussion with Emrys Schoemaker

14.15-14:45 Coffee break

14:45-15:45 The role of social media and crisismapping in disaster response – examples from the Philippines – Presentation and discussion Timo Luege


Emrys Schoe­maker is Dir­ector and co-founder of iMedia Asso­ci­ates, formerly an inde­pendent con­sultant and dir­ector of iMe­diate. He is a com­mu­nic­a­tions and con­flict spe­cialist with extensive exper­i­ence designing com­mu­nic­a­tions and media based ini­ti­at­ives for devel­op­ment and peace-building pur­poses. He has a par­tic­ular interest in the ways that social media and mobile phones are trans­forming people’s lives and the implica­tions for chan­ging citizen-state rela­tions and polit­ical pro­cesses. He gained a Mas­ters in Peace Studies at Brad­ford Uni­ver­sity, then spent two years in Pakistan in 2004 — 2006 as a media advisor for DFID, the UN and civil society organ­isa­tions, where he designed, man­aged and advised on media and com­mu­nic­a­tion ini­ti­at­ives in the areas of gov­ernance, con­flict and health, par­tic­u­larly HIV and AIDS. He has recently con­ducted con­sultan­cies in Pakistan and Afgh­anistan exploring strategies for counter extremism.

Timo Luege: I’m passionate about communication, information and discovering how the two can be used to make the world a better place. My two main areas of expertise are:

Communication through digital media
Media relations during humanitarian relief operations
Over the last thirteen years I have worked for German national public radio, a wire agency, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the United Nations.

ComDev students to Guelph for Glocal Classroom seminar

by Rebecca Bengtsson May 14, 2014 ComDev

A number of travel grants, targeted to students at the Communication for Development master’s programme at Malmö University, were announced for the up-coming Guelph Seminar. We are now happy to announce that ComDev students Antonio Palazuelos, Nora Wegner and Seija Anttonen will join us in Guelph. We are looking forward to your participation! “This is […]

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Joint ComDev and Glocal Classroom seminar:22 – 23 May, University of Guelph, Canada

by Rebecca Bengtsson May 5, 2014 ComDev

Guelph Seminar 22 -23 May, 2014 Communication for Social and Environmental Change – a two day seminar This seminar is part of the Glocal Classroom seminar series and will take place at University of Guelph, Canada. If you’re unable to attend in person, this seminar will be broadcast on ComDev Live as per usual. To interact with us during […]

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New Book: The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change

by Rebecca Bengtsson April 28, 2014 ComDev

”The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change” – previously mentioned here – is now out. Ørecomm co-director Thomas Tufte, Professor Karin Gwinn Wilkins, University of Texas, and Rafael Obregon, Chief of Communication for Development at UNICEF New York – three high profiles in the field – have made an impressive effort to provide an up-to-date overview […]

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Ørecomm Festival 2014: Call for abstracts

by Rebecca Bengtsson April 15, 2014 Call for papers

Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise. The conference aims to explore the dynamic relationship – and possible convergence – between voice and matter in the context of communication for development theory and practice. Read the full Concept […]

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Joint ComDev and Glocal Classroom seminar: 22 – 23 May, University of Guelph, Canada

by Mikael Rundberg April 12, 2014 Live Lecture

Click this link to login into Live Lecture Your browser does not support iframes. Thursday 22 May 09:00 – 10:30: Session 1 Welcome and introductions Chair: Lynne Mitchell, Director, Center for International Programmes Serge Desmarais, Vice-President Academic, University of Guelph Hans Lindquist, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Malmö University Objectives of the Glocal Classroom and Overview of the Guelph […]

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ComDev alumni interviews: Erliza Lopez Pedersen

by Rebecca Bengtsson April 10, 2014 Alumni

Erliza Lopez Pedersen graduated from ComDev in June 2013 and in addition to her ComDev degree she has a Master of Arts in English. Erliza is the first doctoral candidate in Communication for Development at Malmö University. – The ComDev programme is, in my opinion, in a league of its own. The seminars provide wide-ranging […]

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Ørecomm: Workshop Invitation

by Rebecca Bengtsson April 10, 2014 Comdev News

Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change – invites local start-ups, social enterprises, organisations and decision makers in the Öresund region to discuss their ideas with global communication and development researchers. The goal of the new GoComm project is to create a cross-border space for mutual learning, exchange and advice. GoComm looks beyond traditional development […]

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