AGYA Member

Hanan Badr

Communication & Media Studies

Areas of Expertise:
International Communication, Comparative Media Systems, Islam and the Media, Journalism and Public Sphere with a Focus on North Africa and Europe

About me

Currently I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Here I am mainly responsible for the DFG-project 'Media functions in Transitions'.‎ Before, I have been working as Assistant Professor for Media and Communication at Cairo University.

My research focusses on media systems in times of transition in North Africa, and in particular on the role of media in articulating alternative voices and pushing certain issues on the public agenda. In addition, I investigate the transformation of the journalism in the Arab world and beyond.

Within AGYA I would like to initiate innovative research projects combining the fields of social development, economy and energy. Furthermore, together with my fellow members I would like to explore the effects of the so-called Arab Spring on international relations. I am particularly concerned to enhance the intercultural dialogue by deconstructing stereotypes and to foster mutual understanding and cooperation.

Current projects

Academic Career

2016 -Post-Doctoral Researcher in the DFG-project "Media functions in Transition", Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany
2013 - 2015PhD Lecturer at the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University; Egypt
2015Egyptian Project Principal Investigator of the DAAD-funded “Tawasul” Research Project “Journalism in Transformation in Egypt and beyond”; Egypt
2012 - 2015Head Researcher in the BMBF-funded Research Project “Media Culture in Transformation” at the Orient-Institut Beirut, Cairo Office; Egypt
2007 - 2013DAAD-PhD-Scholarship (Vollpromotionsstipendium), Doctoral Degree (Dr. phil.), University of Erfurt; Germany
2005 - 2007Senior Researcher & Assistant Lecturer at the Journalism Department, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University; Egypt
2002 - 2005Master of Arts, Cairo University; Egypt

Selected Publications


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