Juliette obtained her PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia having conducted research into the Syrian revolution.  Her research explores the ways in which the concept of dignity has been used in the Arab and Syrian revolutions.      


Harkin, Juliette et al (2012) ‘Deciphering User-Generated Content in Transitional Societies: A Syria Coverage Case Study’, available at  

Harkin, Juliette (2013) ’Is it possible to understand the Syrian revolution through the prism of social media?’, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Vol. 9, 2, London: Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, available at

Career History

  • Juliette has worked extensively, at director level, on major Arab media development projects with international NGOs, including BBC Media Action, Internews Network and Internews Europe. Her most recent role was advising BBC Media Action on its Syria strategy.
  • Juliette has specialised on the changing Syrian media landscape since 2004 up to the present and has been an international media advisor on various published and unpublished research projects and papers relating to Syria.
  • Juliette’s career in international media spans over fifteen years with editorial and management roles at the BBC World Service and BBC Media Action at Bush House in London and The Economist Group, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Academic Background

  • Juliette completed her MPhil under the supervision of Dr Walter Armbrust, at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She investigated the shifts in journalism practice in Syria under Bashar al-Asad.
  • She has conducted and published research on Syria’s alternative revolutionary media and the evolution of citizen journalism.
  • She has lived and studied Arabic language and politics in the Middle East spending time in Yemen, Birzeit University in the occupied Palestinian territories and Damascus University in Syria, as well as working in Egypt, Lebanon and the Gulf.   

All Publications

Harkin, J.


Demands for Dignity and the Syrian Uprising,

in The Syrian Uprising : Domestic Factors and Early Trajectory.


ISBN 9781138500501, 9781138310544

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Political ideologies, Arab political thought, revolutionary processes, revolutionary and alternative media, dignity as political concept, media development, Syrian media, Arab regional media, Palestinian journalism practice under occupation.