ComDev staff and regular contributors
Tobias Denskus – Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development
Tobias completed his MA in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and a PhD in Development Studies at Sussex University, both in the UK.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development at Malmö University in Sweden and I directs the blended learning online MA program in ComDev.
His research focuses on digital development communication topics, e.g. development blogging, the use of Twitter in international policy arenas as well as critical research on TED talks and the precarious nature of professionalism in the global aid industry. I am also interested in aid worker (auto)biographies as a new genre in media and communication studies.
He also blogs regularly as Aidnography with a focus on popular mis-re-presentation of development in mainstream media; his work has also been featured on NPR’s Goats & Soda blog, BBC News Trending and The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network.
Oscar Hemer – Head of Programme from its inception in 2000 until 2014, and Co-Director (with Thomas Tufte) of Örecomm Centre for Communication and Glocal Change.
Professor of Journalism and Literary Creation. Dr. Philos. in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo (2011) on the dissertation Fiction and Truth in Transition: Writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina (2012). Writer of several novels and with a twenty year experience as an arts journalist before embarking on his late academic career, which he combines with literary writing. His latest literary work is the novel Misiones (2014), which finalizes his Argentina Trilogy (Cosmos & Aska, 2000; Santiago 2007).
As a researcher he is primarily interested in Memory with regard to ComDev, and in exploring the borderland of literary writing and ethnography. He is co-editor (with Anders Hög Hansen and Thomas Tufte) of Memory on Trial: Media, Citizenship and Social Justice (Lit Verlag, 2015), and contributing to another, thematically related anthology, The Performance of Memory as Transitional Justice (S. E. Bird and F. Otanelli, eds., Intersentium, 2015).
He is currently (February-April, 2015) a visiting research fellow at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa.
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Ronald Stade – Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies with specialization in Anthropology. PhD in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University. His core research areas are philosophical anthropology, cosmopolitanism and political language. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Micronesia and Washington, D.C., and begun preliminary fieldwork in Accra, Ghana. He is founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Conflict & Society (Oxford and New York: Berghahn).
Anders Høg Hansen – Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies with an MA and PhD in Cultural Studies. He teaches Communication for Development and Media and Communication Studies.His PhD ventured into the field of peace and conflict studies addressing youth and alternative education movements in Israel-Palestine. His research spans different approaches to public memory, art and movement activity addressing social change; in e.g. folk songs in Malmö as well as the US. The former addressed in ‘Memory on Trial’ (eds Høg Hansen, Tufte, Hemer, Lit Verlag, forthcoming) and the latter in ‘Bob Dylan 1961-1967: Kærlighed, Krig og Historie’ (Copenhagen: Frydenlund). He is involved in e.g. the Living Archives research project (livingarchives.mah.se) and preparing Uses of the Past call on research collaboration in the Humanities (HERA) as well a seminar in Arusha, Tanzania on the role of higher education in the new post-millenium goals process. The latter with Micke Rundberg.
Hugo Boothby – Adjunct, Radio Producer.
Hugo has worked at Malmö University since August 2010. He holds a BA (Hons) Media Studies from the University of East London. Hugo is also course coordinator for Malmö University’s Radio Production course. Before moving to Malmö he worked for 10 years with BBC World Service Radio in London, working extensively on projects within Africa and the Middle East including newsgathering, Radio Theatre and phone-in shows.
Erliza Lopez Pedersen – Doctoral candidate in Communication for Development.