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Nadia Haq

Dr Nadia Haq

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

School of Journalism, Media and Culture


I am a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. 

My current multi-method, multidisciplinary research investigates how British media audiences in the guise of active publics hold the media to account for discriminatory and divisive coverage against marginalised, minority communities through digital activism. This addresses a major gap in audience scholarship about how and why everyday people are motivated to challenge the powerful media institutions that influence their own mediated socio-political worlds in the digital age of disinformation and polarisation. The research is interdisciplinary between the fields of journalism and public sociology to provide a ‘real-life’ investigation of the interplay between individual agency and power structures.  

Before this, my doctoral research sought to understand the enduring reproduction of negative Muslim representations in British press coverage and how spaces for challenging these representations were made possible. Using qualitative interviews with journalists, my thesis uncovered the contradictions journalists faced when powerfully embedded ideas about their own ideological role in an egalitarian, liberal society were confronted with the anti-Muslim bias in the press industry they worked for. I was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to publish this research, including my upcoming monograph ‘Media Bias and Muslims in Britain’ as part of the Routledge Research in Journalism series.

I am in the process of finalising an online local journalism toolkit to act as a resource of guidance and support to local journalists and Muslims organisations when it comes to local reporting on stories involving Muslims and Islam.

My research interests are interdisciplinary and take place at the intersection between sociology and media studies. My broader research interests include journalism (legacy and digital); audiences; media discourse; multiculturalism and citizenship; race, ethnicity and religion; social movements; ideology; political and social contestation; social research methods.

I am also interested in exploring wider questions about the contestation of belonging, identity and citizenship across both legacy and digital media.

I have worked as an international business journalist based in the Middle East for nearly a decade and also for several years in political communications and equality policy.