Emanuele Fantini

Dr Emanuele Fantini is a political scientist specialised in development studies. His research focuses on:

i) the political and moral economy of water governance, looking in particular at the interaction between knowledge/technology and nature in shaping power relations and everyday practices of water management;
ii) the process of state formation in Africa, looking in particular at the relationship between politics, religion and development in contemporary Ehtiopia;
iii) the role of ICT and media in the processes of development and state formation in Sub-Sahara Africa.
On these themes Emanuele has conducted field research both in high-income countries (Italy) and in the “Global South” (Ethiopia, Kenya-Somalia), working at interdisciplinary projects with geographers, historians, economists, anthropologists, media specialists and psychologists.


 holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Padua and the University of Maastricht,  and a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Turin.

Beside academic work, Emanuele has more than 10 years experience in international development cooperation, working both long term and consultancy positions for bilateral agencies (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), multilateral institutions (UN Habitat), local authorities and NGOs, in Africa (Ethiopia, South-Sudan, Kenya-Somalia and Morocco), the Balkans (Serbia) and Myanmar.

As professional journalist, Emanuele regularly contributes to Italian magazines and newspapers on issues related to water, African politics and human rights.

Danlin Li


Professor Danlin Li joins us from the School of Political Science and Law, The Communication University of China, where she is Head of the Law Department. Her research interests are media policy, media law and regulation, public interest under the new media regulation and the influence of new media and globalisation of the media environment. During her stay Li will research the latest development of media regulation in the UK and its implications on public interest, and explore the ways in which the media law reform in China can benefit from the experiences of the UK’s practices.

Iskender Nurbekov


Iskender Nurbekov visited the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy in 2007 after enactment of the new Russian IP Code and in the context of development of International Media Lawyers Association. He was PhD law student at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and participated in various administrative, educational and research activities of the Programme and Faculty of Law.

Mariyana Toseva


Mariyana Toseva graduated this year from the comparative B.C.L./LL.B. law program of McGill University, Montreal, and is planning to pursue graduate studies. She developed an interest in media law as an intern at a law firm and pursued it through several academic projects. One of her research papers focused on the role of media regulation and self-regulation in the fight against discrimination of the Roma in her home country, Bulgaria. This year, she analyzed Canadian hatespeech legislation and examined the right of reply from a comparative perspective as an alternative to collective civil redress for group defamation.

She is eager to learn about new facets of media law as well as engage in comparative law and policy research. She is particularly interested in freedom of the media in developing democracies, regulatory models, regulation of internet content, media and privacy, defamation. Mariyana is also currently working on a part-time basis as Communications Intern for the Council for International Media Ethics (CIME).

Ge Chen


Ge Chen joins us from the Institute of International Law and European Law, University of Göttingen, where he is a Research Fellow. His research interests are international media law (freedom of expression/press freedom, copyright law, data protection law), with particular focus on China and developing countries. During his stay Chen will be liaising with PCMLP to expand research on his current project, ‘A Comparative Study of the Liabilities of Multinational Corporations for Data Protection in China and EU’.

Sacha Meuter


Sacha Meuter is a laywer and a PhD candidate at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His research focuses on radio stations created by United Nations Peace Operations. He analyses how their legal environments influence the realization by the UN of normative ideals encapsulated in the right to freedom of information (art. 19 UDHR).

Gong Wenxiang


Gong Wenxiang holds a degree in English Literature from Peking University. He has been a professor at that University since 1994, where he has, amongst others, chaired the Department of International and Cross-Cultural Communication and the School for International Relations. Currently, he is Director of the Institute for Culture and Communication, and Executive Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. He has also been Vice Chair of the Communication Association of China. In Oxford, Gong Wenxiang will be studying the law and policy regarding Internet pornography in the UK, to contribute to a comparative study project he is working on.

Nabiha Syed

MSt Student

Recently named a Marshall Scholar, Nabiha Syed is the author of Replicating Dreams (Oxford University Press, 2008), a study of microfinance and marketing in Pakistan and Bangladesh. As a Yale Information Society Project student fellow, she co-founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum, a clinical program litigating for newsgathering and access rights. At Yale, she was also deeply involved in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. A first-generation Pakistani-American, Nabiha has pursued her interests in corruption, development, and accountability through the World Bank Office of Evaluation and Suspension, Oxfam America, and as an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Scholar. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University (2007) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (2010).

Shawn Powers

Shawn Powers is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University’s Department of Communication where he works closely with the Center on International Media Education. He has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism London Program and a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. from USC Annenberg in 2009 where he studied and wrote about the geopolitical uses of news and information by international actors. Shawn’s research interests include mass media and society, new and social media technologies, diasporic communities, globalization and traditional and public diplomacy. He has conducted field research in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and North America.

Shawn’s work has been published in several journals, including: Media, War & Conflict, Global Media & Communication, Ethnopolitics and Media Development. In 2007, Shawn was the co-recipient of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to study global news broadcasters and in 2008 Shawn helped design and managed CPD’s evaluation of Alhurra, the US-supported international broadcaster in the Middle East. His current projects include revising his dissertation into a book on how the Al Jazeera Network has helped Qatar transition from a “micro-state” to an influential “network-state,” a comparative analysis of how different international broadcasters report news of China, and a case study of exemplar uses of social media for development and good governance in Asia and the Middle East.

Jose Carlos Sendin


Prof. José Carlos Sendín joins us from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, where he is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies. During his stay he will be undertaking research for two projects: to assess humanitarianism on international media coverage of African conflicts, and to assess hate speech on Cote d’Ivoire media.