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New media and society; media and politics; African studies.

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Dr Mudhai is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Course Director, MA Global Journalism and Public Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He joined Coventry in 2004 and took a 17-month (November 2012 to April 2014) research secondment to the University of Cambridge to work on a DFID/ESRC-funded project, Politics and Interactive Media in Africa, with a focus on Kenya and Zambia. He served as a member of Information Technology (IT) and Civil Society Network, within IT and International Cooperation Programme, at the US Social Science Research Council (2003-2005) through which he took part as an academic in the first UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva (2003). Through London-based Panos Institute, he covered - as a journalist - the the second WSIS in Tunis (2005).

He was a category winner in the 1999 African Journalist Foundation Journalist of the Year Award that was thereafter taken over by co-sponsor CNN International, and his other awards include two at global level for his writing on information and communication technologies with a focus on Africa. His recent publications include a monograph, Civic Engagement, Digital Networks and Political Reform in Africa (2013), and a co-edited book, African Media and the Digital Public Sphere (2009) featuring authors based in various parts of the world – containing three solo/co-authored chapters. His other publications include journal articles and book chapters.

He was a full time journalist at The Standard Group (Nairobi) in the 1990s, also contributing to outlets in Africa, the UK and the USA, and continued to write for them in 2000s.

Research Interests

New/open media and society - especially in developing world; ICT use by urban civil society political actors - Kenya and Zambia; Media and politics in Africa; Global/international media and communication, issues policies and theories; Journalism theories and practice.

Vision Statement

My work focuses on activities and initiatives facilitated by information and communication technologies that contribute to a more open and democratic society – especially in Africa. I pay attention to formal actors, with global links, as well as the more informal networks. Recent developments such as the Occupy movements, whistleblower-/leak-based global collaborative journalism (WikiLeaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers) and the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings buttress my main thesis that the use of new digital media especially by savvy non-state actors challenge the ruling elite in a manner that had hardly been witnessed before, BUT states and their agents still possess the resources and tools to counter these forms of checks, resistance and defiance.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning and teaching in higher education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

Sep 2004Sep 2005

International Relations with media-communication, Doctorate, Nottingham Trent University

Sep 2000May 2005

Humanities Research Practice, Postgraduate Certificate, Nottingham Trent University


Communication Studies, MA, University of Leeds

Sep 1999Sep 2000

Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Nairobi

Sep 1996Sep 1997

Education (Secondary), Degree, Egerton University


External positions

External examiner for a PhD (on press freedom and journalism profesionalism in Cameroon), Université Libre de Bruxelles


External examiner for a PhD (on localising development initiatives and identity building in Nigeria through participatory development), Nottingham Trent University


External examiner for a PhD (on community engagement and communication on Ebola crisis through a global advocacy campaign), SOAS, University of London


External examiner for a PhD (on domestic media coverage of Boko Haram in Nigeria), University of Central Lancashire


External examiner for a PhD (on the moral dilemma of journalism in Kenya’s politics of belonging), London School of Economics and Political Science


External examiner for a PhD (on economic and political pressures on journalists at the Nairobi-based Nation Media Group), Rhodes University


External examiner for a PhD (on political communication, news media and elections in postcolonial Africa with a focus on Nigeria), University of Derby


External examiner at the Institute of Communication Studies for a PhD (on media policies and freedoms in new democracies with a focus on Ghana and Nigeria), University of Leeds


External examiner for an MPhil-PhD (on local programming in Television Zanzibar), University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids


External examiner in the Department of Media and Communication for a PhD (on external actors-ideas on information and communication technology policymaking and implementation with a focus on African Information Society Initiative), University of Oslo


External advisor in the Department of Media and Communication for a PhD (on information and communication technologies for development with a focus on participatory communication in rural Uganda), University of Oslo


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Research Output

  • 66 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 11 Chapter
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 2 Other report

Globalization and political communication in Africa: Anglo-american influences in Kenya and Nigeria

Mudhai, O. F., 1 Jan 2017, Political Communication in Africa. Olukotun, A. & Omotoso, S. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, p. 229-246 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Gender and critical media: Information literacy in digial age – Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria

    Mudhai, O. F., Musa, A. & Wright, B., 1 Sep 2016, In : Journal of African Media Studies. 8, 3, p. 267-280 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 32 Downloads (Pure)

    Interactive media audiences in Africa: A comparison of four constituencies in Kenya and Zambia

    Lopes, C. A., Mudhai, O. F., Mitullah, W. V., Simutanyi, N., Balongo, S., Diepeveen, S., Fraser, A., Milapo, N., Mwangi, S., Tembo, E. & Srinivasan, S., 2015, Cambridge, UK: Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge. (PiMA Working Paper Series)

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • 22 Downloads (Pure)

    Media Practitioners and Public Opinions on Interactive Shows in Kenya: The Case of Citizen TV’s Power Breakfast / Cheche

    Mudhai, O. F. & Mitullah, W., 2015, Kenya`s Media Landscape: A Success Story with Serious Structural Challenges. Schmidt, C. (ed.). DW Akademie, p. 150-177

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Immediacy and openness in a digital Africa: Networked-convergent journalisms in Kenya

    Mudhai, F., Jan 2014, Online journalism in Africa. Mabweazara, H. M., Whittaker, J., Mudhai, O. F. & Thussu, D. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 123-140

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    • 18 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Conference on Children and Young People’s Media in Africa: Evolving Contexts, Audiences and Producers

    Fred Mudhai (Speaker)
    12 Mar 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    World Journalism Education Congress

    Fred Mudhai (Speaker)
    5 Jul 20107 Jul 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    New Media/Alternative Politics

    Fred Mudhai (Speaker)
    14 Oct 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Fourth Annual e-Gov Africa Forum – Effective governance, transparent public services, and citizen empowerment through ICTs

    Fred Mudhai (Speaker)
    23 Mar 201025 Mar 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Global Media and the ‘War on Terror’: An International Conference

    Fred Mudhai (Speaker)
    13 Sep 201014 Sep 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference