Ludek is Lecturer in Media and International Development.

His research interests lie at the intersection of critical media studies, humanitarian communication, political sociology, and international development. 

His current research explores the role of grassroots humanitarian volunteers in the 'refugee crisis' in Greece through ethnographic research on the island of Chios. The project focuses on two related areas:

1) the everyday practices of volunteers in humanitarian spaces and the relations of solidarity they enact with refugees;

2) how refugees exercise their political agency in and beyond the media.

Previously, his doctoral research at the University of Strathclyde explored the role of the news media in the global politics of HIV/AIDS and the campaign for access to life-saving medicines in the Global South.

Ludek teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, in areas including humanitarian communication, media representations of development, and media and social movements. He is co-Director (with Dr Martin Scott) of the new BA Media and International Development programme.

Before joining the School of International Development in September 2015, he was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath (2013-2015) and also taught at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Academic Background

  • 2014 - PhD in Sociology, University of Strathclyde
  • 2007 - MA in European Studies (cum laude), Maastricht University
  • 2006 - BA in European Studies, Maastricht University

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