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Abi Rhodes

ESRC Postdoctoral Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am an academic, researcher, and project coordinator with a specialism in grassroots storytelling and social movement communication, and professional experience in the third and higher education sectors. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, working on a new research project considering the role of storytelling for economic justice. The project, funded by the ESRC and University of Nottingham, continues my relationship with the human rights education charity Journey to Justice.

Teaching Summary

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… read more

Research Summary

My academic research and publications critically examine the nature of communicative practices and analyses associated relational networks in on and offline spaces. My research interests cover a… read more

Recent Publications

Public engagement

May 2021   JtoJ workshop on economic injustice, CWU National executive, London

Another workshop delivering training on economic and racial justice in a campaigning and trade union setting.

February 2021  JtoJ workshop on economic injustice, CWU midlands regional HQ

Workshop delivering training on economic and racial justice in a campaigning and trade union setting.

December 2021 PSA Media and Politics Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University

Paper: Media, community activism and challenges to policy

December 2021 JtoJ Civil Rights exhibition & Economic (In)Justice documentary and panel, Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (Event recorded)

This panel heard from volunteers Carrie Supple and Tania Aubeelack who talked about JtoJ's successful travelling and interactive civil rights exhibition programme, and Dr Abi Rhodes who talked about the Economic (In)Justice Project and introduces a mini documentary that focuses on class and education.

November 2021 PSA Media and Politics Group Virtual Panel Series 2021 (event recorded)

The talk was 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 brought 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  Workers Eduction Association member lecture series

Economic (in)justice: building power from the grass roots - 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/

March 2018   PSA Annual International Conference, Cardiff University

Paper: Movement-led electoral campaigning: social movements as experts in the 2017 UK General Election.

Jan 2018    MeCCSA Annual Conference, London South Bank University

Paper: The role of creative activism and agency in the 2017 UK General Election.

Nov 2017     Standing Up for Our Rights: European Citizens' Gathering, University of Nottingham

Invited chair: Brexit and the Media panel

July 2017    The UK General Election 2017: the campaigns, media & polls, Loughborough University London

Invited speaker: The Role of The People's Assembly and Momentum in the 2017 General Election.

June 2017    Austerity for the Many Magic Money Trees for the Few, De Montfort University

Invited speaker: Civil society and grassroots voices in the election coverage.

June 2017     PubhD #40, The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham

Early research presentation to the public. A follow up podcast was made and can be listened to here: https://soundcloud.com/user-711798858/podhd-episode-10

April 2017    Organiser - Panel event

Austerity, Poverty and Protests panel event as part of Journey to Justice: Nottingham, Nonsuch Theatre, Nottingham

April-June 2017 Journey to Justice: Nottingham, National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Exhibition piece about St Ann's (a deprived area of Nottingham) and Poverty. Working with my previous employer, the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and the local photographer Roger Suckling, I designed a panel detailing Ken Coates and Richard Silburn's social survey on poverty in Nottingham that gave rise to a film by Stephen Frears.

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.

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.

As a Teaching Associate in International Media and Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham (2017-2022), I supervised undergraduate dissertation students and co-taught on modules across the BA International Media and Communications Studies and MA International Media and Communication Studies programmes. 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, convened 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.

I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Current Research

My academic research and publications critically examine the nature of communicative practices and analyses associated relational networks in on and offline spaces. My research interests cover a broad range of areas including: • Social movement communicative tactics • Digital and new media, the internet and democratic participation • The political and social role of the mass media and new digital media • Political communication • Critical theory and cultural studies.

My new book, Social Movements in Elections, synthesises all of my research interests. It examines the on and offline communicative tactics of Extinction Rebellion and The People's Assembly Against Austerity in elections and related media coverage and manifesto pledges around the issues of austerity and the environment. It establishes the role of movement-voter interaction in elections as extended political consultation that seeks to persuade more citizens to participate in the electoral process and put pressure on the prospective government over which policies to adopt. 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.

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