Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret heads the MEKK research group together with Professor Roy Krøvel.
Kristin has been working with journalism, lecturing and research in several African and Asian countries for many years. She did her Masters in Zimbabwe and PhD field work in South Africa and has been living several years on the African continent as well as in France.
She is the Norwegian coordinator of the Norhed project ‘Bridging Gaps, Building futures’ on journalism in conflict and post conflict societies, in cooperation with journalism schools in Nepal, Uganda and South Sudan, and supervises five PhD students attached to the project. Other fields of academic interest is political communication and digital perspectives; gender and journalism. Orgeret heads the Norwegian National Academic Council for Media Studies, is a member of the NORDICOM scientific board and several international editorial boards. She is frequently used as a commentator in Norwegian media and was awarded the Norwegian Media Researchers’ Dissemination Award in 2016.
Professor Roy Krøvel heads the MEKK research group together with Kristin Skare Orgeret. His PhD was on the relationship between media, armed movements and indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America. He was Professor in Latin American Area Studies, University of Oslo (2014-2015), but is now Professor of Journalism at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). Outside academia Krøvel has published several books on journalism and conflict. He has also worked for solidarity organizations in Nicaragua, El Salvador and elsewhere.
Professor Rune Ottosen has written extensively on press history and media coverage of war and conflict. He is co-author with Stig Arne Nohrstedt of several books, and has been a guest researcher and lecturer to a number of universitites in Norway and internationally.
Professor Elisabeth Eide has published a large number of books -both academic, non-fiction and fiction. Her particular areas of research interest are transnational journalism studies. She has travelled a lot in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.
Anne Hege Simonsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). Simonesen is a social anthropolgist and a former journalist and editor and holds a PHD in visual studies. She is author and co-author of several academic and non-fiction books. Her fields of interest are migration, transnationalism, minorities, walls/border, photography, foreign reporting and journalism education.
Marte Høiby is a PhD candidate at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on journalist safety and the situation for reporters in conflict zones and with a particular focus on Mindanao and the Philippines. She has worked with international and local NGOs and holds a Master’s in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Høiby has together with JMIC member Rune Ottosen carried out a research project on the security situation of journalists and editors in seven countries, including Nigeria, Tunisia, Uganda, Nepal, The Philippines, Nicaragua and Norway.
Elsebeth Frey is Associate Professor at Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). She has been a journalist for 25 years in print and online media. Her main research interests are crisis journalism and trauma, press freedom and safety for journalists, core values in journalism, online journalism and social media. Her research has been published in Norwegian, Nordic and American journals as well as in international and Tunisian research anthologies.
Along with former colleague Audgunn Oltedal, she is founder of the pedagogical project online: Rig on Presse Freedom. See for instance http://journalen.hioa.no/tags/pressefrihet-2017 Elsebeth heads the research and development project Shared Horizons, a collaboration between Oslo, Tunis and Dhaka. Furthermore, she is part of the research project RESCUE (Researching Social Media and Collaborative Software Use in Emergency Situations), read more here https://blogg.hioa.no/rescue/about/project-description/
Solveig Steien, Assistant Professor at Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College. Steien has lead workshops on the research and development project Shared Horizons, a collaboration between Oslo, Tunis and Dhaka. She has also contributed to the pedagogical project the online Rig on Presse Freedom, together with Elsebeth Frey.
Tine Ustad Figenschou is Associate Professor at the Department of journalism and media, Oslo and Akershus University College and Researcher-II at the C-Rex centre, where she explores right-wing media criticism and the relations between radical right groups and the mainstream media.. Figenschou has a journalistic background and worked as a researcher at the Department of media and communication (UiO) from 2006-16. Her research interests include international news, mediatization of conflicts, media-elite relations, and media and marginalized groups.
Bernt Eide has been a photographer in Klassekampen and worked as a freelance photographer. He now holds the position as a college lecturer in photojournalism at Oslo University College. There he, together with Per-Anders Rosenkvist, has been in charge of the development of the school’s photojournalist education. In 2012, he delivered a master’s thesis in Journalism at the University of Oslo. The title of the assignment is “Bilder i Samfunssfag”, where he studies “theory of images in social science based on a perceptual approach.” He is in charge of the National Children’s Documentation Project, about how different parts of the state of Norway in the 1900s worked to get rid of Romani people or the tigers. The project is supported by Fritt Ord and the Norwegian Cultural Council, and is presented in the form of exhibition and book.
Anna Grøndahl Larsen is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College. Her PhD project explores how Norwegian journalists and news outlets deal with and report topics concerning extremism and the threat of terrorism in the digital age.
She is part of the ongoing research project RESCUE, exploring social media use in emergency and risk communication, and has previously been involved in the research projects “Mediation of Migration” and “The State of Free Speech in Norway”. She holds an MA in Media Studies and a BA in Sociology from the University of Oslo.
Dagny Stuedahl is Professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Stuedahl has her background in ethnology and has experience from several multidisciplinary research projects that transcends disciplinary borders between humanities, informatics and educational studies. Stuedahl is currently involved in the national project EXPAND focusing on design and interaction in science centers. She also leads the Nordic Network Culture Kick that focuses on how approaches in design may works as a bridge in knowledge triangulation between research, innovation and education. Her special interest is in how understanding sociocultural processes and dynamics may be inscibed into methods of participatory and co-design in the heritage field.
Anders Graver Knudsen is Assistand Professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He has done research on transnational orientations in a global media landscape: Youth, media, war and conflict, and has also contributed to publications on coverage of Afghanistan.
Bjørn Westlie is Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College. He is former journalist with 30 years experience in newspapers as Klassekampen, Folkevett, Liv, helse og sosialmagasin, and Dagens Næringsliv. His main focus as a researcher and historian are the untold aspects of Second World War, investigating how basic structures of patriotic storytelling have influenced how the story about Second World War in Norway has been told during the war, and after. Bjørn has written four books with this topic in mind: Reaching a Settlement in the Shadows of Holocaust (2002), My Father´ War (Brageprisen, 2008), Hitler´ Norwegian Messengers (2011), and The Prisoners that Vanished. NSB and the Slaveworkers on Nordlandsbanen (2015).
Heidi Røsok-Dahl is an Associate Professor at Department of Journalism and Media Studies Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). She has worked as a journalist for 20 years, in NTB, TV 2, Nettavisen and Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad, in addition to extensive freelance work. Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from HiOA (2015). She is also on the Norwegian board of IAWRT (International Association for Women in Radio and TV).
Trond Idås is a PhD Fellow at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and a special advisor on safety, trauma and working environment for the Norwegian Union of Journalists (NUJ). His research focus is on posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic stress related to safety, threats and hate speech. He has been working on these topics for NUJ, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. He is teaching and giving training in safety and trauma at several schools of journalism and conferences/seminars for professional journalists. He is a former news journalist.
Anja Aaheim Naper is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Her PhD project explores Scandinavian media representations of immigrants during the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 / 2016, as well as how Scandinavian journalists cover immigration. Previously she has been involved in research projects related to media and climate communication and politicians’ use of social media. She is a former journalist, who has worked both in the press and with documentary films.