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Dr Edward Ademolu PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Cultural Competency, King's College London

Edward Ademolu is a Lecturer in Cultural Competency at King's College.

Edward is a qualitative social scientist with cross-disciplinary interest in International Development, Media Communications, Visual Representations and the African Diaspora. He uses a range of qualitative and visual methodologies including interviews, focus group discussions, photoelicitation, artwork, and discourse analysis to understand and problematise the role that (racialised) representations of global poverty and inequality in media and by international development and philanthropic organisations, have in shaping audience’s subjectivities, dispositions and behaviours. So too, how audiences interpret, challenge and re-appropriate the symbolic and material effects of these representations in their everyday lives.

Beyond this substantive focus, Edward is broadly interested in ideas, questions, concepts and the application of (media and cultural) representation, identity and cultural competency in a variety of social, community and professional contexts.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, King's College London
  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral fellow, LSE


  • 2021 
    LSE , PGCertHE
  • 2018 
    The University of Manchester, PhD Development Policy & Management


  • 2021
    A pictured Africa: drawing as a visual qualitative research methodology for examining British African Diaspora imaginings of their ancestral ‘home’, Visual Studies
  • 2021
    Racialised representations of Black African poverty in INGO communications and implications for UK African diaspora: Reflections, lessons and recommendations, Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing
  • 2020
    ‘An outward sign of an inward grace’: how African diaspora religious identities shape their understandings of and engagement in international development, Identities
  • 2019
    Seeing and Being the Visualised 'Other': Humanitarian Representations and hybridity in African Diaspora identities, Identities
  • 2019
    Who Gets to Talk About NGO Images of Global Poverty?, Photography and Culture
  • 2019
    Youth transitions: mobility and the travel intentions of 12–20 year olds, Reading, UK, Children's Geographies

Professional Memberships

  • Development Studies Association
  • Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)