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Senior Lecturer & Convener of Political Communication
Centre for Film & Media Studies, University of Cape Town

Areas of Expertise
Media and Communication, New Media and Social Media, Journalism, Climate Change

Saleh is a senior lecturer and the Convenor of Political Communication at the Centre for Film & Media Studies (CFMS), University of Cape Town (UCT). Saleh is a Fulbright scholar , chair of Journalism Research (JRE) section at the International association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Co-editor of the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies published by Intellect and Editor of Global Media Journal, African Edition published by University of Stellenbosch.

Saleh’s experience as journalist and media trainer helped him bridge the gap between media education as theory to that of the required market skills. Being a broadcast journalist and TV interviewer has given him hands on experience of media production, which makes him look at media with the eyes of a practitioner in addition to his thorough academic background and research. Saleh’s PhD dissertation is entitled “Satellite Coverage of the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Nile TV International, BBC World and Israeli Channel 2,” which focused on providing a critical historical analysis of the impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the Egyptian media narrative and discourse.

Saleh’s general research interest focuses on identifying the relationship between the epistemological foundations of Journalism and media research, as well as the methods employed in conducting them. His research addresses a number of relevant subthemes such as public opinion dynamics, social impacts of new media, and the sociology of news in Africa and the Middle East. With time, experience and endless passion for research, Saleh gradually moved away from typical media content and technology-oriented studies into interdisciplinary studies and international collaborative research. His most recent research investigates the ‘mediatisation’ of regional political dynamics and the indigenous freedom agenda, especially within the new media spaces that kept abreast with the political changes and transformation that mark this time in history.

Saleh earned a number of distinguished international awards. Among which, he won the Carnegie Research Award in two consecutive years: In 2011, my research entitled: “Covering World Summits of Climate Change As News Events,” and in 2010 my research entitled: “Media Coverage of Domestic Violence in Africa.” In 2007, I won the best researcher in the World Association for Media & Communication Research (WAPOR) in Berlin, Germany.

Saleh’s international academic positions include the membership of the World Journalism Education Congress Council (WJEC), United Nations Alliances of Civilizations Media Literacy Clearing House, World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), International Association Communication (ICA), and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Saleh is also affiliated with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at UCT, and he serves as the research project director of the Media and Climate Change at Crossroads in Africa in collaboration with the University of Bergen (UoB), Norway. Saleh co-founded and managed the Arab European-Media Observatory with the University of Dortmund in Germany, focusing on policy analysis of the Mediterranean region and the Global Village Class with the University of Rider in the USA, by using new media platforms for cross-cultural dialogue and conflict resolution.

Saleh serves as a reviewer in prestigious and top-listed publications such as Harvard’s International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Media and War, the International Communication Gazette, Journal of Communication, Politics and Culture, and the Journal of New Media and Society.

Recent Publications
Ibrahim Saleh (2014). “Vote-No Drive Sign of Democratic Maturity”Cape Argus. 

Ibrahim Saleh(2013). “365 Days of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Contesting Media, Activism, & Power”, COSMOPOLIS: A Review of Cosmopolitics Revue de cosmopolitique 3(4).

Ibrahim Saleh & L. Barkho (2013). “Towards a praxis-based media research-Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies,” Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 2 (1).

Ibrahim Saleh(2013). “Understanding the minds, problems and aspirations: An untold story about the Egyptian dilemma,” African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 7(4).

Ibrahim Saleh(2013). “The Arabic Imperative in IMACR,” Communication and Human Rights, Edited by Aimée Vega Montiel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinaras en Ciencias y Humanidades & International Association for Media and Communication Research. (English and Spanish)

Ibrahim Saleh (2013). “Convergence Culture and Youth Activism in Egypt: New Social Movements on the Block,” in, Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, MILID Yearbook 2013, Edited Ulla Carlsson & Sherri Hope Culver, The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media Nordicom, University of Gothenburg.

Ibrahim Saleh (2012). “Street Republic in Egypt: From Bullets to Ballots,” Statecraft in Africa, African Year Book of Rhetoric, 4(1).

Updated July, 2014