Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana

Audrey Gadzekpo has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and advocacy on media, gender and governance, and more than 25 years practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator and magazine publisher/editor.

She obtained a doctorate degree in African Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K., a Master of Arts in Communications from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Ghana.

Her research interests and publications reflect the nexus between media and gender; media, politics and democratic governance; media and developmental imperatives and media and conflict.

She teaches courses in Print Journalism, Media, Culture and Society, Gender and Communication, Introduction to Gender, Communicating Climate, Qualitative Research Methods, Media Ethics and History of Media in Africa. She has also designed curricula for Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts programmes as and developed short courses targeted at journalists and academics.

Audrey has conducted numerous media and communication training programmes for the media, public sector organisations, private companies, civil society organisations and the security sector institutions.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS include

Gadzekpo, A. (2014). Journalism in Ghana’s Democratic Governance: An Appraisal in Ansu-Kyeremeh, K., Gadzekpo A. and Amoakohene, M. (eds.) A Critical Appraisal of Communication Theory and Practice in Ghana. University of Ghana Reader Series. Accra: Digibooks

Gadzekpo, A and Akrofi Quarcoo, S. (2014). Establishing the Presence of Women in Ghanaian Media History in Ansu-Kyeremeh, K., Gadzekpo A. and Amoakohene, M. (eds.), A Critical Appraisal of Communication Theory and Practice in Ghana. University of Ghana Reader Series. Accra: Digibooks

Ghana: Women in Decision Making, New Opportunities, Old Story (2013) in Byerly, C. (ed.) International Handbook on Women in Journalism. Palgrave

Gadzekpo, A. (2011) “Battling Old Ghosts in Gender and African Media Research”. African Communication Research, Vol. 4. No 3. 399-410).

Gadzekpo, A. (2011) Glorifying the Huntress: Writing Women into Ghanaian History in Lauer, H. and Anyidoho K. (eds.), Reclaiming the Human Sciences and Humanity Through African Perspectives, Volume 1. Ghana: Sub-Saharan Press

Gadzekpo, A. (2010) “Global Warning or Global Warming? The Framing of Climate Change Discourses in Ghanaian newspapers,” Ghana Social Science Journal. Vol. 7. No.1

Fair, J. and Gadzekpo, A. (2010). “Reconciling a nation: Ghanaian journalists and the reporting of human rights.” In B. Musa and J. Domatob (eds.), Communication, Culture, and Human Rights in Africa. University Press of America, pp. 51-68.

Gadzekpo, A. (2010), “Street News: The Role of Posters in Democratic Participation in Ghana,” in Wasserman, H. (ed.), Taking it to the Streets: Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa. Routledge, pp. 105-122 .

Gadzekpo, A. (2009), “She Made me Do It! Discursive Frames and Representations of Spousal Murders in the Ghanaian Press.” in Cusack, K. and Manuh, T. (eds.). The Architecture for Violence Against Women in Ghana. Accra: Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, pp 265-285.

Gadzekpo, A, (2009), “Invigorating Activism to End Gender Based Violence” in Cusack, K. and Manuh, T. (eds.) The Architecture for Violence Against Women in Ghana. Accra: Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, pp. 317-331.

MAJOR ONGOING RESEARCH

· A Critical Assessment of Media Relations, Functionality and Impact in Interventions by Civil Society Organisations Working in Peacebuilding’ – Funded by the African Peace Network through the Social Science Research Council

· ‘Mapping Climate Change Communication: A Case Study of Information Education and Communication in Four Ghanaian Communities,’ with Gilbert Tieetah - Funded through the B4C Project, University of Ghana

· Work on an unpublished manuscript of Ghanaian broadcast history written by a pioneering broadcaster – expected output to include an annotated published manuscript and two scholarly papers.

· ‘From Framings to Pathways: ‘Bats and the Construction of Risk in Ghana’ and ‘The Role of the Military in the Conservation of Bats in Ghana’, a Project led by Linda Waldman and Hayley McGregor, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and funded under the IDS ‘Steps Phase 2’ Project.