Researcher

Dr Valentina Bau

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Fields of Research (FoR)

International and development communication, Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding, Development studies, Peace studies, Communication and media studies, Social change, Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication, Social program evaluation

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Biography

I conduct research on the application of Communication for Development in Peacebuilding with a focus on realities affected by violent conflict. I explore and evaluate new communication for development approaches that employ different media and communication channels to contribute to social change and sustainable peace in the aftermath of (or during) violence. I also look at the application of communication for development for citizen...view more

I conduct research on the application of Communication for Development in Peacebuilding with a focus on realities affected by violent conflict. I explore and evaluate new communication for development approaches that employ different media and communication channels to contribute to social change and sustainable peace in the aftermath of (or during) violence. I also look at the application of communication for development for citizen engagement and youth participation in governance and peacebuilding. My more recent work has begun to explore the use of Communication for Development in the context of crisis response interventions, with the aim of developing new frameworks that can link the implementation of applied research with the production of theoretical knowledge, whose translation can inform practice. I collaborate with UNICEF and other international NGOs on different projects related to Communication for Development and media for peace.

My PhD has looked the ways in which participatory media can be used as storytelling tools to share experiences of war among hostile communities in the aftermath of a civil war, and how sharing stories through the media can facilitate healing and reconciliation. As part of my doctorate project, I worked on the evaluation of two participatory media activities implemented in Kenya in the aftermath of the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence. I assessed the impact of these projects in relation to ethnic reconciliation between and among communities in specific areas of the Rift Valley, where I spent three months interviewing both victims and perpetrators of the 2007/2008 conflict who have been in contact with these media productions.

More generally, I am also interested in looking at the different ways communication can be used in development contexts (particularly in post-conflict settings), as well as in understanding the impact that an introduction to the use of the media has on communities living in extreme poverty. 

Prior to the start of my academic career, I have worked as an international development professional for various non-governmental organisations, government departments and the United Nations, both in Head Offices and in Country Offices in African settings. 

To find out more about my research and publications, visit my research profile page.


My Grants

- 2021 ARC DECRA Fellowship

- 2020 IPRA Peace Research Grant


My Qualifications

PhD International Communication: Communication for Development in Peacebuilding (Macquarie University, Australia)

MSc Communication for Development (University of Reading, UK)

MA Public Relations (Bournemouth University, UK)

BA (Hons) Media & Communication Studies (University of Perugia, Italy)


My Awards

2018: undertaken a five-month Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at UNICEF Innocenti Office of Research in Florence, Italy

2012: selected for fully funded participation in the ‘Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation’ Winter School at Queensland University of Technology in Australia

2011: recipient of the Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship for PhD programme in Australia

2010: selected for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Fellowship for international cooperation and development in Angola

2006: selected for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & CRUI Foundation Apprenticeship Programme for international cooperation and development in Mozambique


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise PhD projects in the following areas:
- Communication for Development
- Communication for Social Change
- Communication and Media for Peace
- Community and Alternative Media
- The Media in the Global South
- Health Communication.


Currently supervising

Bhupesh Joshi - Exploring new public relations approaches to address international development communication challenges

Enock Mac'Ouma - The use of community radio to promote climate change adaptation technologies among rural farmers in Migori county, Kenya


My Engagement

Member of Service Settlement International (SSI) Research Review Panel

Member of the Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA)

Co-convenor of DSAA Creative Approaches and Practices in Development Studies Research Group

Member of Waverley Council Multicultural Advisory Committee

Member of the Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding (HCPB)

Member of the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR)

 


My Teaching

- MDIA2011 Media Design for Change, Level 2 elective course in B.Media PR & Advertising, UNSW School of the Arts and Media

- MDIA3012 Communication in Action, Level 3 elective course in B.Media PR & Advertising, UNSW School of the Arts and Media

 

 

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Location

215, Level 2 Robert Webster

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Contact

+ 61 2 9385 8974
+61 2 9385 6812