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Dr Anita Howarth
Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Gaskell Building 176


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:

  • Political, media and public struggles over food whether it be GMOs, hunger strikes, contamination or food banks/poverty
  • British policy and media responses to contemporary refugee crises home and overseas (including at Calais)
  • 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


2017: Ethics Co-ordinator for the Department of Social and Political Sciences

2016: Subject Lead in Journalism

2016: UG Program Lead

2015: PG Research Director

Newest selected publications

Howarth, A. (2022) 'A British national scandal: hunger, foodbanks, and the deployment of a Dickensian trope'. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 30 (1). pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 1478-2804 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2020) 'The Munchetty Controversy: Empire, Race and the BBC'. Gender, Work and Organization, 28 (1). pp. 231 - 247. ISSN: 0968-6673

Journal article

Howarth, A. (2020) 'Digital Activism: Challenging Food Poverty in the UK', in Ibrahim, Y. (ed.) Developments in Internet Activism and Political Participation. Hershey : IGI. ISBN 13: 978-1799847960.

Book chapter

Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2020) 'Lecture Capture Policies: A Survey of British Universities'. Postdigital Science and Education, 3 (1). pp. 144 - 161. ISSN: 2524-485X Open Access Link

Journal article

Howarth, A. (2020) 'Fake Photos in the European Refugee Crisis', inHandbook of Research on Recent Developments in Internet Activism and Political Participation. IGI Global. pp. 122 - 137.

Book chapter
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