Fred Mudhai


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    Dr Mudhai is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Course Director, MA Global Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Media and Performing Arts, 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 Media Group (Nairobi) from mid 1990s for five years, also contributing to outlets in Africa [The Sunday Times], the UK [Africa Confidential] and the USA [Voice of America].

    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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

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

    Sept 2004Sept 2005

    International Relations with media-communication, Doctorate, Challenges to the hegemonic African state: Media and civil society in Kenya and Zambia, Nottingham Trent University

    Sept 2000May 2005

    Humanities Research Practice, Postgraduate Certificate, Nottingham Trent University


    Communication Studies, MA, University of Leeds

    Sept 1999Sept 2000

    Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Nairobi

    Sept 1996Sept 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 David


    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



    • HT Communities. Classes. Races
    • Journalism, media and society
    • JA Political science (General)
    • Media-communication and politics
    • JC Political theory
    • Media Theory
    • JZ International relations
    • Non-state actors
    • civil society actors
    • Africa studies
    • Kenya
    • L Education (General)
    • LB2300 Higher Education
    • LB2361 Curriculum


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