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Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City, University of London

Dr Glenda Cooper is a researcher and journalist. In 2016 she defended her PhD thesis 'From our own correspondents? How user-generated content has altered the power dynamics in reporting humanitarian disasters. It aimed to analyse whether the increasing availability of words and images produced by ordinary people are changing anything about the way news organisations report humanitarian crises, or the way that aid agencies respond to them.

Glenda has undertaken an MA in English Language and Literature St Hilda's College, Oxford (1990-3), a postgraduate diploma in Newspaper Journalism, City University (1994) as well as an MA in Creative Writing City University, London (2006).

Before returning to study, Glenda was a journalist working at national level for over a decade including the BBC and Channel 4 News, the Independent, Daily Mail, Washington Post (as the 2001 Laurence Stern Fellow), Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. She was the 14th Guardian Research Fellow, Nuffield College Oxford (2006-7); visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 2007-8; and associate member of Nuffield College Oxford 2008-11.

Her research interests focus upon user-generated content, reporting of NGOs and humanitarian issues, conflict reporting.


  • –present
    PhD student, City University London