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Caroline Lees

Head of Communications

Caroline Lees is a British journalist.  She worked for The Sunday Times, for seven years including time spent as South Asia Correspondent, reporting from India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as a news reporter, Arts Correspondent and assistant foreign editor.  She has reported extensively from Africa and has been assistant editor of The Scotsman, foreign editor at The Sunday Express, Scotland on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph.  

She has also written for The Economist, The Spectator, Marie Claire, The Independent and Index on Censorship. She was awarded a Special Commendation in the Foreign Reporter of the Year category, British Press Awards, 1996 for her reporting stories from India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Caroline holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  She has edited a number of academic books and papers on subjects ranging from the economics of federalism to third world colonialism. Her broader research interests include media in eastern Europe, and social media and democracy in developing countries.

As well as her role as Head of Communications at RISJ, Caroline is also Director of the European Journalism Observatory English site - a partner of the RISJ. She was editor of the site between 2014 and 2017, during this time she designed, coordinated and was lead author on a number of collaborative research projects across the European network, including a study on How Europe's Media Covered the Migration crisis, (2015), How Europe's Media covered Brexit (2016) and Where are all the Female Journalists in Europe's Media (2018). All of these studies were widely covered in international media including the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and On the Media, New York.

Caroline has worked at London Business School, coaching in media, communications and 'writing with impact' and has been an external examiner for the Carnegie Foundation in the US. She regularly works with non-profit organisations as a consultant.