Team members

Dr. Mirca Madianou

Principal Investigator

Mirca MadianouMirca Madianou is Reader in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously she was Newton Trust Lecturer in Sociology and Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge and Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester. She has published extensively on the social consequences of new communication technologies among marginalised or minority populations especially in the developing world. Her approach is transnational, ethnographic and comparative while her work makes theoretical and substantive contributions to the areas of migration, disaster recovery, humanitarian relief and their intersection with digital technology.

She is the author of Mediating the Nation: News, Audiences and the Politics of Identity (2005) and Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia (2012 with D. Miller) as well as editor of Ethics of Media (2013 with N. Couldry and A. Pinchevski). Mirca is currently the Vice-Chair of the Philosophy, Theory and Critique division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Dr. Jonathan Ong


Jonathan OngJonathan Corpus Ong is Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Leicester. From his involvement in the Humanitarian Technologies Project, he later became lead researcher in the DFID-funded “Who’s Listening? Accountability to Affected People in the Haiyan Response” and “Obliged to Be Grateful”, initiatives linked to humanitarian accountability policy reform for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

He is the author of The Poverty of Television: The Mediation of Suffering in Class-Divided Philippines (2015; Anthem Press) and co-editor of Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space (forthcoming; Rowman & Littlefield). He is interested in the ethics of media and humanitarianism, media in the global South, and production studies.

Dr. Liezel Longboan

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Liezel LongboanLiezel Longboan received her PhD from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University with funding from the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Developing the concept of ‘technologies of indigeneity’, her thesis examined the positional and strategic processes of identity construction among diasporic indigenous Filipinos. She is interested in narratives of power, marginalisation, migration, and identity as mediated by digital technologies.

She is a recipient of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program Alumni Award.

Dr. Nicole Curato


Nicole Curato is a Discovery Nicole CuratoEarly Career Research Award Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work examines the character of democracy in “states of emergency”, paying particular attention to the ways in which post-disaster contexts constrain or facilitate democratic innovations. She first joined the Centre as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in 2011 where she worked on an ARC linkage project on the Australian Citizens’ Parliament.

Before moving to Australia, Nicole completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, University of Manchester and University of Birmingham, respectively. Her work has been published in journals including International Political Science Review, European Political Science Review and Acta Politica. She is a regular visiting scholar the Department of Government at Uppsala University and Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dr. Jayeel Serreno Cornelio


Jayeel CornelioJayeel Serrano Cornelio is the director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2012-2014 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He has published in the areas of youth, religion, education, and the city. His most recent project (co-edited with Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce) is the special issue of the Asian Journal of Social Science on religious philanthropy in Asia (2015). For his scholarship on popular religion, Jayeel received the 2015 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award from the Philippine Social Science Council.