I am a communications professional, researcher, and media trainer with a global perspective. Over the course of more than a decade, I have lived, studied and worked in Karachi, London and Hong Kong. 

My research has focused on the intricate relationship between mainstream opposition groups and the media environment in Pakistan. I have presented my work at the well regarded International Communication Association and European Communication Research and Education conferences. Additionally, my work is published in reputable journals, Media Asia and Interface: A journal for and about social movements, The Left Berlin, and various esteemed news organizations, The NewsLivewire (thewire.in), The News on Sunday and The Eastern Eye

I am a volunteer reviewer for the International Communication Association conference and the journal Media Asia. I’m also on the jury of Agahi Awards which is Pakistan’s only indigenous award recognising journalism excellence. 

I am currently a Research Fellow in the Law and Political Science department at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to the fellowship I worked as a faculty member in the media schools at the Institute of Business Management and the Hong Kong Baptist University. I have also worked for The News, Ahmed E.H Jaffer Foundation and Brandsynario.com. I received an MA in Journalism and Media Communications at the University of Hertfordshire and a PhD from the Hong Kong Baptist University.

My Current Research Interests

My research is in the multidisciplinary fields of contentious collective action, journalism and mediatization. I am currently pursuing the following research lines in the order of priority:

Protests tactics in the Global South and what they tell us about contemporary populism.
Content analysis of television journalism in South Asia and conceptualising Pakistan media system.
Application of media literacy projects in Southern contexts.
Critical analysis of creative industries in the global south.

Research Highlights

Container Politics in Pakistan since 1988

My PhD research examines the evolving protest tactics of mainstream opposition groups in Pakistan based on credible news reports and interviews. Check out this 15-minute graphic presentation of my thesis!

Post-Truth Media Conference Focal Person

As focal person for Greenwich University Karachi at the 2022 International Media Conference, I led my team in successfully hosting online panels in collaboration with Karachi University. Check out the event coverage to learn more.

Aurat March vs. Mainstream Tribalism

In this essay for Interface, republished in The Left Berlin, I discuss the controversial posters of Pakistan's #metoo movement and their implications.

Reporting amidst public violence

I prepared a teaching case study on Dawn, Pakistan's leading newspaper, through editor interviews, as part of an Asian editorial best practices project.

Original News Reporting

Save our skating park

For my very first by-line I reported on the local community concerns on the relocation of the iconic skating park in South Bank, London for The Eastern Eye newspaper.

Extra helping

In this story for The Eastern Eye, I spoke to the extras regarding their motivations for taking on minor roles on the set of a major commercial film Amar, Akbar & Tony (2015).

175 Lyari youth awarded for English skills

I covered the graduation ceremony for an English language scholarship program for lesser privileged youth organised by the Pakistan American Cultural Center in Karachi in The News.

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