Senior Research Fellows

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Prof Hopeton Dunn


Senior Research Associate

Hopeton Dunn is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Botswana. He is also non-resident Senior Research Associate at the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Dunn is the former Director of the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies (UWI), where he also headed the University’s Mona ICT Policy Centre (MICT). His research work spans such areas as: technology policy reforms, new media in the Global South, telecommunications for development, and broadcasting regulation.

Dr. Winston Mano

Research Associate


Dr Winston Mano is a Reader/Associate Professor and a member of the University of Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). He is also a Course Leader for the MA in Media and Development and the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Media Studies. Mano is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Mano joined the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) from the University of Zimbabwe in 2000. I studied in Zimbabwe, Norway and Britain.


Dr. Julie Grant

Senior Research Associate

I have been working in South Africa since 2006, when I first undertook field research with the indigenous ‡Khomani Bushmen for the purposes of my PhD. In 2009 I started to work with the !Xun and Khwe Bushmen also based in South Africa, however, my main focus remained with the ‡Khomani. I continued this research as a post-doctoral fellow with the Centre for Communication, Society and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, branching out to include more participatory research methods. From 2014, I worked within the ‡Khomani community to implement a development project, during which time I worked with the ‡Khomani’s lawyers and the South African Human Rights Commission to facilitate communication between the ‡Khomani and government personnel charged with development implementation.
Dr. Vanessa Wijngaarden

Senior Research Associate


Vanessa Wijngaarden is a social anthropologist with a passion for reflexive and dialogical approaches, methodological innovation, extensive fieldwork and creative research dissemination. Recurring themes in her work include ‘othering’ and (stereotypical) imagery; the interactions between academic and other knowledge systems; and the relationship between humans and other animals.

She studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden in the Netherlands, and the University of Calgary in Canada, pursuing parallel studies of political science (specialization international relations) and cultural anthropology (specialization sub-Saharan Africa), obtaining cum laude Bacherlor’s and Master’s degrees in both. She obtained her PhD from the University of Bayreuth in Germany, with a double-sided ethnography on the interplay between imagery and interactions in cultural tourism encounters between tourists and Maasai in Tanzania, contributing to innovative methodological and epistemological debates in anthropology and tourism studies.