Hopeton Dunn is Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where he holds an endowed Chair in Telecommunications Policy and Management. He is Academic Director of the University's pioneering Master's Degree Programme in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management.
Professor Dunn serves on numerous national, regional and international councils and editorial boards in his field. He is Chairman of the international jury for the Stuart Hall Prize, an award in honor of the late celebrated scholar Stuart Hall. Professor Dunn is a former the Secretary General of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and immediate past Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica.
Hopeton Dunn is the author, editor or co-editor of over 50 scholarly publications including 7 books, 15 book chapters, 25 journal articles, 3 monographs and 2 guest edited academic journals. His edited volume called 'Ringtones of Opportunity: Policy, Technology and Access in the Caribbean' joins other published books and co-edited volumes include titles such as 'Globalization, Communication and Caribbean Identity'; 'Media, Democracy and Renewal in Southern Africa' and Emancipation: the Lessons and the Legacy'. He has also written or co-produced nationally transmitted video documentaries/film productions on themes of media, culture and development.
Hopeton is a dedicated university teacher and researcher specializing in the areas of Telecommunication and New Media Technologies, Theories of Globalization, and the Political Economy of African and Caribbean Media. He has delivered lectures or presented on academic panels on these themes in Latin America, Africa, Asia,Europe and North America. In 2009 he was a speaker and the Session Chair on Issues of Global Broadband Access at the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held at Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, attended by over 1,500 delegates from all continents.
He served on the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Media Technology Institute (MTI) and Creative Television in Jamaica since their inception.
He was the Information Committee Chair on the Board of Directors the National Library of Jamaica on which he served for a decade
As IAMCR Secretary General and Chair of the Association’s Conference Committee since 2009, he has anchored the planning of the last four IAMCR Conferences in Mexico City (2009) Braga, Portugal (2010), Istanbul, Turkey (2011) and Durban, South Africa (2012). He delivered plenary panel presentations at two IAMCR conferences, including at the Association’s 50th anniversary conference in Paris in 2007.
Professor Dunn is committed to the building up the capacity of research and educational institutions and to the development of research students and emerging
UWI Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence