Anita Howarth specializes in the interaction between journalism/media, politics and risk. She has a particular interest in how traditional and social media engage with existing policies on social justice and (in)justice in ways that legitimize or challenge, resist or disrupt dominant perspectives. Her research around these issues is multi-disciplinary in approach, drawing on political theory, sociology, media studies and journalism studies. She is currently working on four main themes:
· The political representations of hunger and food poverty in an age of austerity
· Representations of the migrant ‘jungles’ of Calais and the struggles of the refugees
· The (ethical and legal) opportunities and challenges presented by the wiring up of the academy through convergent digital technologies today
Prior to entering academia, Anita worked as a journalist on the business press, online news sites and financial desk of a national newspaper
· 2016: Subject Lead in Journalism
· 2016: UG Program Lead
· 2015: PG Research Director
Newest selected publications
Howarth, A. (2017) 'The Spectacle of Force-feeding: The 2013 Hunger Strike at Guantanamo', in Hodgson, G. (ed.) Conflict, Trauma and the Media. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 29 - 50. ISBN 10: 1-4438-7903-7.
Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2017) 'Expanding borders, contracting humanitarianism'.Refugee Rights in Europe: current weaknesses, possible ways forward. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. 19 - 19 MayOpen Access Link
Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2017) 'Communicating the ‘Migrant’ Other as Risk: Space, EU and Expanding Borders'. Journal of Risk Research. ISSN: 1366-9877 Open Access Link
Howarth, A. (2017) 'Challenging the De-politicization of Food Poverty: Austerity Food Blogs', in Ibrahim, Y. (ed.) Politics, Protest and Empowerment in Digital Spaces. IGI Global. pp. 124 - 142.
Howarth, A. (Accepted) 'Challenging the Repoliticization of Food Poverty: Austerity Food Blogs', in Ibrahim, Y. (ed.) Politics, Protest, and Empowerment in Digital Spaces. IGI.