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Abi Rhodes

Teaching Associate in International Media & Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am an academic, a researcher, and project and campaigns coordinator with a specialism in grassroots story telling and social movement communication, and professional experience in the third-sector. I am currently a Teaching Associate in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham and have been an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University teaching media, cultural and critical theory to undergraduates and postgraduates. I am also the volunteer Project Coordinator with Journey to Justice planning and delivering a major national project focused on economic justice.

As a Teaching Associate in International Media and Communications Studies at the University of Nottingham (current), I deliver tutorials, lectures and workshops on the BA International Media and Communications Studies programme. I have previously taught on the BA Film and Television Studies programme at the same institution. As an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University (2020-21), I supervised postgraduate dissertations, led an MA module and lectured on the MA Communication, Culture and Media programme. I also contributed to team taught workshops and lectures on the BA Media and Communications and collaborated in developing the existing programme.

A short piece about my research for @LSEpoliticsblog is now live. It discusses how the tactics of anti-austerity and environmental campaigners render movement-voter interaction a key aspect of electoral communication.

Teaching Summary

Since 2017, I have taught on multiple undergraduate and postgraduate modules at the University of Nottingham and Coventry University in areas such as media (digital, mainstream, social),… read more

Research Summary

My academic research and publications examine the interrelationship of social movement communication tactics, the mainstream media, and the political landscape in general election campaigns. I… read more

Recent Publications

Public engagement

DECEMBER 2021 PSA MEDIA AND POLITICS CONFERENCE, CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY

Paper: Media, community activism and challenges to policy

NOVEMBER 2021 PSA MEDIA AND POLITICS GROUP VIRTUAL PANEL SERIES 2021

The talk will be based on my book which examines the on and offline communicative tactics of Extinction Rebellion and The People's Assembly Against Austerity in the 2015, 17 and 19 elections and concomitant media coverage and manifesto pledges around the issues of austerity and the environment.

NOVEMBER 2021 THE ACTIVIST MUSEUM, RESEARCH CENTRE FOR MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES (RCMG), UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

The event brings together projects which, although addressing hugely different injustices and crises, share a concern for democratic practice, opening up space for multiple voices and creating more equitable museums. The Museum of Transology, Journey to Justice and 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object partner up to share reflections on activist museum practice.

OCTOBER 2021  WEA LECTURE SERIES

Economic (in)justice: building power from the grass roots - Journey to Justice Journey to Justice's latest project aims to galvanise people to take action for economic justice through its successful approach to human rights education and has brought together a series of resources about 40 'ordinary' people who have done extraordinary things to fight for the cause. As International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17th October) approaches, this lecture will explore the underlying causes of poverty and inequality and share some of the stories of the '40'.

AUGUST 2021  CO-ORGANISER - PANEL EVENT (EVENT RECORDED)

Discourse and Politics x Journey to Justice: Lived Experience of Economic (In)justice in the UK.

JUNE 2021   M4C RESEARCH FESTIVAL

Invited speaker: M3C Alumni Career Panel

MARCH 2021  PSA ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, QUEENS UNIVERSITY BELFAST

1) Invited panel speaker: Digital communication of UK Anti-Austerity and Environmental social movements in election campaigns.

2) Paper: Social Movements in Elections: UK Anti-Austerity and Environmental Campaigning 2015-2019.

FEB 2021    DISCOURSE AND POLITICS SEMINAR SERIES 2021, NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY (EVENT RECORDED)

Paper: Social Movement Communication in Elections: UK Anti-Austerity and Environmental Campaigning 2015-2019.

JAN 2020    MECCSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

Paper: Fanning the flames: social movement intervention in electoral communication.

JAN 2019     MECCSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

Paper: Continuous framing in a changing political environment: An analysis of the anti-austerity argument for the NHS during election time.

NOV 2018    ORGANISER - CONFERENCE

Two-day Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group (#PSAMPG) conference, University of Nottingham: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/clas/psa-media-and-politics-group/index.aspx

JULY 2018    ORGANISER - CONFERENCE

Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism in the 21st Century. One-day, interdisciplinary conference funded by AHRC/M3C, Nottingham Contemporary: https://movements2018.wordpress.com/

Since 2017, I have taught on multiple undergraduate and postgraduate modules at the University of Nottingham and Coventry University in areas such as media (digital, mainstream, social), communication, gender studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. I am an experienced higher education teacher in a broad range of media and communication theories and practices with extensive involvement in leading, designing and delivering modules (both synchronous and asynchronous) through face-to-face and online lectures, seminars and workshops, using a range of platforms and software, including Aula, Moodle, Zoom and MS Teams.

As a Teaching Associate in International Media and Commuication Studies at the University of Nottingham (current), I deliver tutorials, lectures and workshops on the BA International Media and Communications Studies programme. I have previously taught on the BA Film and Television Studies programme at the same institution. As an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University (2020-21), I supervised postgraduate dissertations, led an MA module and lectured on the MA Communication, Culture and Media programme. I also contributed to team taught workshops and lectures on the BA Media and Communications and collaborated in developing the existing programme.

Current Research

My academic research and publications examine the interrelationship of social movement communication tactics, the mainstream media, and the political landscape in general election campaigns. I analyse online and offline communication, including visual performances on the street and on social media.

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