A high profile media profile

Our staff are often quoted or featured in the regional, national and international media as a result of their research. A few examples of engaging with the media are listed below.

International TV and press coverage

Rhys Jenkins was recently interviewed about his research into how South African exports to other African countries are being crowded out by Chinese products - at a cost of $900 million in lost trade.  Rhys was interviewed on national South African TV channel, SABC 3 and quoted in numerous national and international newspapers, including the front page of Business Day South Africa.

An academic review for the Guardian

Ben Jones was a regular commentator on The Guardian's multi-million pound 3-year Katine community development project (2008-2010) in Uganda and wrote an academic review of the project, entitled Bridging the Divide, which examined the way in which the in-depth coverage of the project via The Guardian website brought the complex reality of ‘doing development' to a wider audience.

Influencing international debate

Frank Ellis was one of 17 academics who signed a letter, published online on The Guardian's ‘Development' website, which called on DfID not to ignore international agricultural research when reviewing its funding priorities. The letter helped raise the importance of agricultural research to development, and elicited a direct response from Andrew Mitchell (Secretary of State for International Development) published on the same site, five days later.

Establishing media guidelines for an international charity

Two sets of guidelines, written by Martin Scott for the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) were used extensively as a lobbying tool for successfully changing the remit of both Channel 4 and BBC3 to have more international content. The documents were also quoted extensively in a range of submissions to Ofcom, UK Department for Culture, media and Sport (DCMS) and the BBC Trust. The research from the two reports was also drawn upon in a recent review of DFID communications strategy.

More information is available on individual staff pages.