Research

For 25+ years, I have been working with images. I began when photographs were developed using acids and I’m now working with pixels and binary codes.

The focus of my research is Visual Storytelling and all its nascent digital forms.

What is Visual Storytelling?  Interview at the UN / ILO HQ © 2018 – International Labour Organization.

 

Over the years, I have been analysing how contemporary visual imageries are created, disseminated and eventually ‘validated.’   I have been producing a few of those images myself as a visual journalist and multimedia producer whilst working from Morocco to China and most of the places in between. I completed my MA dissertation on the Anthropology of Media at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2001. I thought my study time was over, after my previous BA and MA at the University of Venice (Italy) in Contemporary Islamic Societies.  It turned out it was just getting started…

As I began working in the media and creative industries, I started experiencing the extent to which research should be informed by practice. I interspersed time studying with time working in order to hone my skills and expertise.

As a media practitioner, I worked for an Iraqi-based NGO, the Guardian, the Iranian State Radio and a wide array of other outlets (Linkedin Profile). 

Increasingly this led me to profoundly question, reflect on and recalibrate what I had learned during my stays in academia; to positive effect.

In 2010 I was awarded a research bursary from the British Academy for a photographic research on the Hawzas of Syria and, with that, a scholarship for my PhD on Visual Communication at the University of Exeter (UK).

Through these projects, I have been finalising a visual-centred perspective on digital journalism with my research on The Image As Storytelling, my mobile App The Meta-Image, my academic teaching and professional consulting.

I am currently reviewing and editing my Monograph on Aesthetics As Storytelling, for Intellect, with the aim of publishing it by 2020.

I integrate my PhD findings with the teaching and training activities I have been delivering since 2014.