Senior Researcher/Lecturer in Media for Social Change in the Middle East
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Dima is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. She is responsible for leading and delivering projects in citizen journalism in the Arab region, with a focus on the role of digital media in fostering social change and in altering the work of political activists in post-revolution countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.
Prior to joining the centre, Dima was a lecturer in media studies at both the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese American University (LAU), teaching courses on Online Journalism, Political Communication and Digital Activism for Social Change.
In 2011, she defended her doctoral dissertation in Media Studies at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II (Sorbonne Universities), and was awarded her PhD Summa Cum Laude (with highest honours). Her research examined the representations of Arab identity in post-1948 media narratives.
Dima also took two MAs at the same university, one in Social and Political Sciences and one in Media Information and Communication (with a specialisation in the semiotics of media productions). Before this, she took a BA in Languages and Translation and an MA in Journalism, both at the Lebanese University of Beirut.
She is also co-founder of AltCity.me, building the first open community newsroom and media innovation/startup lab in the Middle East and North Africa region. AltCity is a Beirut-based social venture working to expand access to the tools, resources and spaces that enable innovative, creative, high impact and socially relevant media and entrepreneurial initiatives.
In 2009, Dima co-founded Hibr.me, a youth-powered alternative media outlet that aims at promoting media literacy, citizen journalism, and critical thinking among young Lebanese students, writers, and journalists.