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Dr Hakan Ergul
UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald St
United Kigdom
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  • Lecturer in Media Studies
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I work as lecturer at the Department of Culture, Communication & Media, and the Knowledge Lab in the Institute of Education, UCL. I received my PhD in 2006 from the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University, Japan, with my 5-years ethnographic inquiry on Japanese television production.


Before joining UCL-IOE, I worked as Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean for Anadolu University; Associate Professor, Vice-Dean, and Deputy Head of Department for Hacettepe University; researcher for Tohoku University; and adjunct professor for Universit√© Mohammed VI-Polytechnique.


Throughout my career, I have enjoyed interacting and collaborating with colleagues and students in international settings, including China (Zhejiang University), Japan (Tohoku University), Morocco (Universit√© Mohammed VI), Portugal (University of Minho), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Spain (University of Granada), and more. I have extensive fieldwork and consultancy experience with research institutions such as CNRS, European Commission-REA, and TUBITAK. Between 2015-2018, I have worked as communication expert (Stories without visa: Digital storytelling project --series of DST workshops with different profile of refugees) for UNHCR-Morocco. Previously I worked as international consultant (C4D) for UNICEF Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Romania and Turkey offices and the World Bank-Turkey.

I love and write literature. My short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. I am the author of Dedicated to Chrysanthemum (in TR: Krizanteme Adanmis, 2003) and Where Do the Noises Come From?  (TR: Sesler Nereden Geliyor? 2009), anthology of short stories.


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Research Summary

My current research examines the role of traditional and digital communication technologies in everyday life of vulnerable groups, including children, refugees, and urban poor from ethnographic perspective.  


My most recent books include: 

Popularizing Japanese TV (author, Routledge 2019) 

Universities in the Neoliberal Era (co-editor, Palgrave 2017). 

Teaching Summary

I am module leader for Digital Media Theory core module and Gender & Digital Media optional module and supervisor for a number of MA and PhD dissertations and reports. 


Previously I taught courses in the fields of media ethnography, ethnography of everyday life, qualitative research methodology for social sciences and humanities, and audience studies and published a number of books and articles pertaining to these fields. 


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