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Institute Staff

Dr David Levy

Dr David Levy

David Levy  became RISJ Director in September 2008. Earlier that year he served as the sole foreign member of the French Commission established by President Sarkozy to review the future of the French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions...

John Lloyd

John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a contributing editor to the Financial Times, to which he contributes features, analysis, book reviews. For the Financial Times, he has been Labour Editor, Industrial Editor, East European Editor and Moscow Bureau Chief...

Prof. Robert G. Picard

Professor Robert G Picard is a world-leading specialist on media economics and government media policies.  He was formerly based in the Media Management and Transformation Center at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden where he was Director of the Center and Hamrin Professor of Media Economics...

James Painter

James Painter joined the BBC World Service in 1992, where he worked as head of the Spanish American Service, head of the BBC Miami office, and Executive editor, Americas.  He is the author of four RISJ publications, including Counter-Hegemonic News: A case study of Al-Jazeera English and Telesur, and Climate Change in the Media: reporting risk and uncertainty(2013).

Tim Suter

Tim’s fifteen year broadcasting career included a spell on Newsnight, the nightly television current affairs programme, commissioning roles for BBC Radio, and finally as Managing Editor of BBC Current Affairs on television and radio, with executive editorial responsibility for all programmes covering domestic current affairs stories.

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Rasmus is a post doctoral research fellow doing cross-national comparative research on the business of journalism and its role in democracy.  He holds a BA and a MA in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen...

Dr Nael Jebril

Dr Nael Jebril is a Career Development Fellow in Media and Democracy doing cross-national research about media audiences and change for democracy in the Middle East, and contributing to teaching at the Department of Politics and International Relations. His research interests are political communication, audience studies, media effects, and democratization and the media...

Meera Selva

Meera Selva is a British journalist and former Reuters Journalist Fellow. She spent three years in Kenya as The Independent’s Africa correspondent. She has also been a correspondent for The Associated Press, and has written for several publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Business...

Tanya Vale

Since completing her BA in Communications majoring in Journalism/TV Production from Macquarie University, Australia, Tanya has worked both in Sydney and London in television and higher education for the past 18 years.

Kate Hanneford-Smith

Kate Hanneford-Smith

Kate has a BA (Hons) in Italian and German from the University of Leeds. After graduation she spent 5 years in Udine in northeast Italy where she worked as a teacher and translator before co-founding and managing a language agency...

Alex Reid

Alex has a BA (Hons) in Religion and Literature from Bristol University and a post-graduate Diploma in Museum and Gallery Studies from St Andrews University... 

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has a BSc (hons) in Sociology from the University of Plymouth and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Sydney...

Monique Ricketts

Monique has a BSc (hons) in Business Management and Communications from the University of Birmingham...