Dr Jessica Noske-Turner

Lecturer in Media and Creative Industries

Jessica Noske-Turner

Dr Jessica Noske-Turner is a lecturer with expertise in media and communication for development and social change.

Jessica teaches in areas of communication for social change, global media, research methods and creative industries. Her current research is examining the rise in ideas of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and design in international development, including how these approaches intersect with theories of participation and communication for social change. She is also part of a team exploring health communication in Ethiopia, and is an active researcher in the areas of media development and communication for development. She has worked with various partners including UNICEF, ABC International Development, and International Media Support. 

Academic background

Jessica is the author of Rethinking Media Development Through Evaluation: Beyond Freedom, published by Palgrave Macmillan, and the co-editor of Communication in International Development: Looking Good or Doing Good, published by Routledge. 

Jessica completed her PhD in the Institute for Creative Industries (School of Journalism, Media, and Entertainment) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2014. She then worked at RMIT University as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and then at the University of Leicester as a lecturer in the School of Media Communication and Sociology. 

Current research and collaborations

  • Finalising the Evaluating C4D Resource Hub, a partnership with UNICEF Communication for Development.
  • Collaborating with University of Malawi, CRECCOM (Malawi) and the C4D Network developing research exploring intersections between communication and social change and approaches from social innovation, social entrepreneurship.
  • Part of a collaboration involving University of Leicester and Gondar University (Ethiopia) exploring responses (including communication responses) to pelvic floor disorders among women in the Amharic Region.

Current PhD / research supervisions

Svenja Bickert-Appleby

Supervisors: Dr Jessica Noske-Turner
PhD title: Tools for Transformers - How Practice Shapes Outcomes

Olga Yegorova (University of Leicester)

Supervisors: Dr Maria Touri, Prof. Doug Tincello, Dr Jessica Noske-Turner
PhD title: Communication for Social Change to Reduce Stigma of Pelvic Floor Disorders in the Amhara Region

Interests and activities

Innovation Animator/Editor for the C4D Network

External Examiner for MA Media and International Development, University of East Anglia

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