Josepha Wessels, Associate Professor

School of Arts and Communication (K3) · Malmö University, Sweden — Associate Professor

Research Areas

  • Communications Theory
  • Crisis Communication
  • Media Production and Innovation
  • Media Theory
  • Media, Information and Communication Technology
  • Political Communication
  • Science Communication
  • Television and Film
  • Visual Communication

Ongoing Projects

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I am an Associate Professor in Communication for Development/Media and Communication Studies at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University with a background in visual anthropology and middle eastern studies. Keen on exploring the use of video and immersive media in research, I combine my scholarly and practice skills in applying immersive visual methods in sensory ethnography and research. Since 2015 I have produced a number of VR360 documentaries and interactive VR installations. Before I started my position at Malmö University in 2019, I spent a year as a researcher in visualisation at the Virtual Reality lab at Lund University. For over a decade I worked outside of academia as development communication practitioner/consultant and independent documentary filmmaker and media producer with Television trust for the Environment, The Community Channel (now TogetherTV for good), BBC World and Al Jazeera English. Between 2011 and 2016, I conducted a first postdoc at Lund University on hydropolitics in the Jordan River Basin, using applied visual anthropological methods and film, and a second postdoc at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and Department of Cross Cultural Studies (ToRS) at the University of Copenhagen on the role of digital media, video activism and YouTube in the Syrian Revolution.