Who we are – Project Team

Principal Investigator: Professor Jeanette Steemers, King’s College London

Jeanette Steemers is Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London. A graduate in German and Russian at the University of Bath, she completed her PhD on public service broadcasting in West Germany in 1990. After working for research company, CIT Research, and international television distributor HIT Entertainment, she rejoined academia in 1993. Her book publications include Changing Channels (1998), Selling Television (2004), European Television Industries (2005 with P. Iosifidis and M. Wheeler), Creating Preschool Television (2010), The Media and the State (2016 with T. Flew and P. Iosifidis), European Media in Crisis (2015 with J. Trappel and B. Thomass) and Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World (2017 with Naomi Sakr). She has published widely on distribution, public service broadcasting and the children’s media industry. Her work has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Co-Investigator: Professor Naomi Sakr, University of Westminster

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy in the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Transformations in Egyptian Journalism (2013), Arab Television Today (2007) and Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East (2001), has edited two collections, Women and Media in the Middle East: Power through Self-Expression (2004) and Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life (2007), and co-edited two others, Arab Media Moguls (2015) and Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World: Childhood, Screen Culture and Education (2017). Her research interests are media policy, human rights, journalism and cultural production in the Arab world, and she has been commissioned to write reports for international bodies including UNESCO, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab States, Anna Lindh Foundation and European Parliament.


Research Associate: Dr Christine Singer, King’s College London

Christine Singer is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Culture, Media, and Creative Industries, King’s College London. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from SOAS, University of London, with her doctoral thesis, Transnational Narratives: Youth and Screen Media in Contemporary South Africa (1994-2014), exploring notions of childhood and coming of age in relation to film, television, and digital screen media in post-apartheid South Africa. Christine has taught in the fields of Children’s Screen Cultures, Global Media and Communication, and African Cinema at SOAS and the University of Brighton. She has also undertaken work with media organisations, film festivals, and NGOs, including UNICEF, Film Africa, One World Media, and Media for Development .