Dr Martin Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Media and International Development in the School of International Development (DEV). He is author of Media and Development (Zed Books, 2014) and has written academic articles and book chapters on the subjects of humanitarian journalism, celebrities and development, representations of Africa, mediated cosmopolitanism and the role of popular culture in politics. He is currently the principal investigator of an AHRC funded research project on humanitarian journalism. See ‘research’ tab for further details.

He teaches on courses in media, politics and development at undergraduate and postgraduate level and directs the MA in Media and International Development and the BA in Media and International Development. In 2017 he won the UEA Transforming Education Award for Inspirational Teaching and he has previously been awarded a UEA Excellence in Teaching award and a UEA award for Community and Public Engagement.

Dr Scott has produced a number of reports, guidelines and evaluations for organisations including UNESCO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) and Mediae.

His research has featured on BBC Newsnight, The New York Times, The Independent , El Pais, The Huffington Post and the Daily Mail. His book on Media and Development (Zed Books) featured in The Guardian as one of 10 recommended books for students on international development.


Before joining the University of East Anglia as a lecturer in 2009, Dr Scott worked as a secondary school teacher. He has taught in secondary schools in the UK, Kenya and in the British Overseas Territory of St. Helena.

Academic Background

2012 - PhD, University of East Anglia, The mediation of distant others. No corrections.

2012 - PGCert in Higher Education, University of East Anglia. 

2006 - MA International Relations and Development Studies, University of East Anglia. Distinction.

2005 - PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) Secondary Geography with ICT, Bath Spa University.

2004 - BA Geography with Development Studies, University of Sussex.

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