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Dr Anita Howarth

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

Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2019) 'Hunger strike and the force-feeding chair: Guantanamo Bay and corporeal surrender'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37 (2). pp. 294 - 312. ISSN: 0263-7758 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2018) 'Calais and its Border Politics From Control to Demolition'. London and New York: Routledge. ISSN 13: 978-1-13-804916-1 Open Access Link


Ibrahim, Y. and Howarth, A. (2018) 'Review of Humanitarian Refuge in the United Kingdom: Sanctuary, Asylum, and the Refugee Crisis'. Politics and Policy, 46 (3). pp. 348 - 391. ISSN: 1555-5623 Open Access Link

Journal article

Howarth, A. and Ibrahim, Y. (2018) 'Corporeality and force-feeding: Keeping 'bare life' alive at Guantanamo'.Body and Human Rights. Friends House, London. 12 - 12 February.

Conference paper

Howarth, A. and Ibrahim, Y. (2018) 'Global governance, refugees and British politics of depletion'.ACUNS. Rome. [unpublished]

Conference paper
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