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 international journalism, foundation-funded news, representations of Africa, celebrities and development, audiences for international news and the role of popular culture in politics. He recently completed an AHRC funded research project on humanitarian journalism as principal investigator. See ‘research’ tab for further details.

He teaches on courses in media, politics and development at undergraduate and postgraduate level and co-directs the MA in Media and International Development and the BA in Media and International Development

Martin has won several awards for his research and teaching including the Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award, Journalism Studies division, International Communication Association. He has also won a 'Top Faculty Paper' prize at ICA's Journalism Studies Division (2019) and UEA awards for Impact in Policy and Practice (2019), Inspirational Teaching (2017), Excellence in Teaching (2013) and Community and Public Engagement (2011).

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 GuardianThe New York Times, The Independent , El Pais, The Huffington Post, the Daily MailCJR and Nieman Reports. 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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