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Civil norms building through NGO-led radio in post-conflict reconstruction contexts: The radio programme ‘Atunda Ayenda/Lost and Found’ in Sierra Leone


Project Description

White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, ESRC Collaborative Studentship

Project: Civil norms building through NGO-led radio in post-conflict reconstruction contexts: The radio programme ‘Atunda Ayenda/Lost and Found’ in Sierra Leone

Application deadline: Sunday 24 March 2019

PhD start date: 1 October 2019

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This PhD studentship is a collaboration between the African Media Initiative (AMI), Washington D.C. and the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM). The project focuses on how radio soap opera can be used in post-conflict situations to foster peace and reconciliation. In 2000, in the aftermath of the civil war in Sierra Leone, the NGO Search for Common Ground (SFCG) decided to create a media unit called Talking Drum Studio – Sierra Leone (TDS-SL) and this study focuses on one of their radio programmes entitled ‘Atunda Ayenda/Lost and Found’, which was first aired in Krio and then picked up by the BBC World Service.
The PhD student will be working on three objectives:

1) to examine in depth how TDS-SL is working, its institutional structures, the organisation of its human and financial resources, its objectives, its self-set missions, its editorial guidelines and standards as well as its partnership with the BBC World Service

2) to analyse the content of the radio programme through a new kind of qualitative media content analysis which has been developed and tested by Professor Jackie Harrison and Dr Stefanie Pukallus of CFOM to identify to what extent the factual or semi-factual mass media endorse, advocate or reject civil norms

3) to undertake focus groups examining why this radio programme has been so popular in engaging its listeners in post-conflict Sierra Leone.

The successful student will undertake a three-month secondment at the AMI and be required to undertake field work in Sierra Leone in the second year of the PhD.

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Supervisors

Joint supervisors: Professor Jackie Harrison, chair, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM); and Dr Stefanie Pukallus, co-director for research at CFOM, Department of Journalism Studies
Co-supervisor: Dr Simon Rushton, Department of Politics
Collaborative supervisor: Eric Chinje, senior advisor to the AMI

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Eligibility and award details

This studentship is available only to EU or UK students. Students who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to their start date will be eligible for a fees award only.

This studentship is available as a 1+3 or +3 year award (see https://wrdtp.ac.uk/studentships/):

+3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training)

1+3 programme: an integrated masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements (e.g. MA Social Research)

The award is available for full- or part-time study.

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To apply:

Interested candidates should in the first instance contact Dr Stefanie Pukallus:

Funding Notes

This studentship is available only to EU or UK students. Students who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to their start date will be eligible for a fees award only.

UK/EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for the last three years will be eligible for a full award paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates. The stipend RCUK rates for 2019/20 ESRC studentships are: fees £4,260, stipend £14,777 per annum. A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) is also available.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.30

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