July 17, 2012


Professor Jackie Harrison

Chair of CFOM

Jackie3Jackie Harrison is Professor of Public Communication and Head of the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Her current research examines three aspects of the factual media: its architecture and culture; the mediation of civil society and social identity and issues of freedom and standards.


William Horsley

International Director of CFOM

William HorsleyWilliam Horsley is an experienced journalist who has written and reported extensively on issues of governmental power and the role of the media during more than 30 years of international reporting and analysis. He spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent for TV and Radio correspondent based in Asia and Europe. He is the editor and co-author of Goodbye to Freedom? A Survey of Media Freedom Across Europe (2007), and an updated Survey, Goodbyeto Media Freedom? in February 2008.




Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi


Omar joined the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2015. His academic career began at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received a BA with distinction in communication arts, with an emphasis on radio, TV and film, and a minor in political science. After his graduation in 2003 he started working for the Al-Hayat Arabic daily website.


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Dr Dmitry Chernobrov

dmitry-chernobrov-200sqDmitry joined the department as lecturer in 2015 after gaining a PhD in international relations at the University of St Andrews. His doctoral research put forward a psychosocial theory of public perception of international crises. In his work Dmitry shows how instead of describing the event, public interpretation of international crises is largely shaped by self-conceptions, inner insecurities, and memories within collective identity contexts. The project involved interview and media material, and focused on the public understanding of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Russia and the UK. Visit Dmitry’s University of Sheffield staff page.


David Holmes


David read Law at the London School of Economics before joining the Sheffield Morning Telegraph newspaper as an editor after which he worked for BBC Radio. He subsequently worked as a senior bi-media editor in BBC radio and television. David co-ordinates and monitors social media relating to violations of media freedom and pluralism for CFOM and has developed a social media strategy both for CFOM and for the Department of Journalism Studies.  He is also a member of CFOM’s curriculum development strategy team.


Dr Irini Katsirea


Dr Irini Katsirea is Reader in International Media Law at the University of Sheffield. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2015. Before her appointment at the University of Sheffield, Irini was Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, London. She has served as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is a member of the Athens Bar. She holds a First Examination in Law from the Free University of Berlin, an LLM in European and International Trade Law from the University of Leicester and a PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge. Visit Irini’s University of Sheffield staff page.


Professor Marie Kinsey


Marie is a former award winning financial journalist who has worked for the BBC, Radio London and Capital Radio. She was Deputy Financial Editor at IRN/LBC, Thames TV as co-presenter and reporter on The City Programme Thames TV then moved back to LBC to present The Business Programme. In 1991 she became one of the BBC’s first regional bi-media business and industry correspondents. She also worked on other BBC business programmes on Radio 4 and 5 live including Wake up to Money and Financial World Tonight. Since moving to the University of Sheffield Marie has specialised in Journalism Education and Training (and developing online resources – MOOCS) and was the Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also a member of CFOM’s curriculum development strategy team.


Sacha Meuter

DW Sacha MeuterSacha Meuter has explored the normative framework of UN media using the tools of interdisciplinary socio-legal studies. He has worked within several research institutions, at the law faculty of the University of Fribourg, at the University of Glasgow under the direction of Prof. Nicholas Tsagourias, and with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford.


Dr Stef Pukallus


Stef was appointed as a lecturer in June 2015. Before that she was a research fellow in European civil and identity policies here at the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM). She specialises in the way the European Commission (and before that the High Authority) has actively promoted European civil integration through a range of policy and public communication initiatives going back to the inception of the European Community. She has recently completed research on the civil narrative of European citizenship from 1951 to 2014. Visit Stef’s University of Sheffield staff page.


Dr Lada Trifonova Price


Lada is a former journalist – she has worked as a reporter, radio presenter and foreign correspondent for the Bulgarian section of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Washington DC. After five years working in the United States Lada joined the Department of Journalism Studies as a part-time postgraduate student in 2007. She was awarded a PhD in 2013 and appointed University Teaching Associate in 2014. Lada is a seminar leader, lecturer and a post-doctoral scholar at the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), based in the department. Visit Lada’s University of Sheffield staff page.


Professor Karl Taylor

Karl-TaylorKarl graduated from Staffordshire University with BA Economics, then gained his MA Economics from Staffordshire and PhD in Economics from the Open University under joint supervision with Cardiff University. He worked at the University of Leicester from 2001 to 2005, where he was initially a Lecturer before being promoted to a Senior Lecturer. Karl was initially appointed to a Readership in September 2005 at the University of Sheffield and was subsequently promoted to a Personal Chair in January 2009.

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Sara Torsner

Photo Sara TorsnerSara began her PhD studies with the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2015. Her PhD focuses on the design and structure of Journalism Safety Trends data sets, which identify hostile environments inimical to free journalism at the national and regional level. The project is a collaboration between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Centre for Freedom of the Media. Since completing her MA in political science at Uppsala University in Sweden, Sara has worked as a freelancing journalist and with engagements for press freedom organizations.

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Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

Nicholas Tsagourias is Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield. He joined the University in 2012 from the University of Glasgow where he was Professor of International Law and Security. He completed his law studies at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, obtaining an LL.M. from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D from the University of Nottingham.

His research interests are in the fields of international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, collective security law, peacekeeping, United Nations Law, international and European constitutional theory and law and he is widely published in these fields. Visit Nicholas’ University of Sheffield staff page.



Clare Burke

Research Support Assisstant (PhD)

Louise Delmege

Graduate Intern (CFOM communications)



Professor Julian Petley

Professor Maurice Roche

Professor Herman Wasserman

Professor Lorna Woods

Jock Gallagher

Nick Jones





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