Dr Eric Ewoh Opu
Eric is currently module leader for Social Identities and Media, and Media Audiences and Users.
Eric’s expertise is in the field of communication for social change and media and international development. His particular research interest is researching media and communicative ecologies in social change processes and how such ecologies, not only challenge particular conceptions of the role of media and communication in social change, but also their implications for understanding social change processes particularly in the Global South.
Eric has previously taught at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia where he taught modules on Media for Development, Media Development, Communication for Development and Humanitarian Communication. He has also presented his research to international conferences such as the high-profile International Communication Association Conference in Prague and the Development Dialogue Conference at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague.
Current research and collaborations
Eric is researching communicative ecologies and risk communication in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research seeks to understand how risks associated with pandemics (e.g. Ebola, COVID) and climate change are understood by local communities within local communicative ecologies and epistemologies. The goal is to contribute to the literature on risk communication and suggest alternative avenues for the locus of communication in building resilient communities.
Interests and activities
Eric is a member of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)