The AHRC Network e-Voices: Redressing Marginality brings together a global network of academics and practitioners to explore the theme of marginalisation and how digital media can be used by marginalised groups to make their voices heard within and beyond the borders of their communities and promote social inclusion.

The network aims at sharing knowledge of the strategies and modalities that prove successful in fighting marginalisation in three countries, in which marginalised groups have adopted emblematic ways to use digital media to overcome inequalities and marginalisation, and to start processes of cultural transformation: Brazil, Kenya and Syria.

In particular, the network is going to explore three case studies: how favela residents in Brazil are using digital media to foster community engagement and active citizenship; how Kenyan artists are using digital tools to promote a dialogue around human rights and power structures; and how development organisations working with displaced populations in Syria are using digital technologies to foster peace and reconciliation in the country.

Aims and Objectives

e-Voices: Redressing Marginality brings together academics in diverse fields of Media and Communication (Animation, Digital Media for Development, Social Communication, Political Communication) and practitioners in Kenya, Syria and Brazil who are or have been engaged in using digital communication strategies to end or combat marginalisation. The network explores three in-depth case studies, in which high-risk, marginalised communities use digital media as a tool to overcome their marginalisation. In particular, the network will document:

  • Favela residents in Brazil and their use of digital media to push for active citizenship and participation in their country’s political system.
  • Use of artistic strategies in Kenya whereby artists can re-present marginalised groups, such as the LGBT, migrant or the disabled communities, through storytelling and visual aesthetic forms to speak powerfully about their lives and identities, document their everyday experiences, and their uses of digital spaces and technologies to disseminate these.
  • Displaced groups and refugees in Syria, who are using digital media to promote peace and reconciliation in their devastated country.

The network will promote discussion among members and participants, in order to:

  1. Report emblematic uses of digital media to document everyday experiences of marginalised groups in order to build bridges to the wider, international public sphere;
  2. Track the process from community building to communication, to gaining a share of voice and having impact;
  3. Identify similarities and peculiarities of this process in each in-depth case study;
  4. Reflect on ethically sound methodologies to approach marginalised and at risk groups, to collect data and identify good practices without exposing them to the risk of further harm;
  5. Identify trends and opportunities for global practitioners, activists, and development institutions to craft services and content based on end-users most common practices and applications of digital media.


Bournemouth University is a relatively new, professionally oriented institutions which offers a rich academic experience based on the fusion of research, education and professional practice. The Faculty of Media & Communication is a multidisciplinary hub with a reputation for innovative, collaborative, industry-leading undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Dr Isabella Rega is currently Principal Lecturer in Digital Literacies and Education at CEMP – Centre of Excellence in Media Practice and member of the Civic Media Hub at Bournemouth University. She has been working in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development for the past 20 years, working in several international project  in Africa and Latin America. She co-founded Associazione seed, a non profit organization promoting the use of educational technologies in the non profit sector.

Dr Darren Lilleker is Associate Professor in Political Communication and Head of the Corporate and Marketing Academic Department. His expertise in how political ideas are packaged and sold by parties and and campaign groups, and how campsign communication is interpreted and understood by citizens

Dr Paula Callus is a senior lecturer at the National Centre of Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. She holds a PHD in "Sub-Saharan African Animation" from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has published on animation from this region. Previous experience includes educational consultancy and training for UNESCO's “Africa Animated” projects and compiling animation programs for various festivals such as Africa in Motion (Edinburgh), Cambridge African Film Festival, Meknes Animation Festival (Morroco), Africa at the Pictures (London).  ​

Dr Salvatore Scifo is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Social Media at the School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. He is the co-chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), 2016-2020. He is a former Secretary and Vice President of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), where he is now a member of the Board of Experts. He has published on British Community Radio and European Community Media Policy.

Professor Michael Wilmore’s academic career spans more than twenty-five years, several disciplines, and positions both in the UK and Australia. He is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication. He has been an active researcher on a number of projects funded through competitive research grants. Each has involved extensive interdisciplinary and industry collaborations, ranging from media organisations in Nepal to the antenatal department of a large hospital. His research interests primarily concern development and health communication, but he has also completed educational research and a project on fieldwork practices in archaeology, which was his first area of study as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter.

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is Head of the School of Journalism, English and Communication. A former BBC journalist, who worked in Radio 4 News and Current Affairs as an output editor on The World at One and PM and The World this Weekend, Karen was a field producer in the Middle East, covering the Gulf Crisis and War in 1990/1 and producing news output from Moscow, Europe, Northern Ireland and the United States, with a stint as Washington bureau producer for Clinton’s US Presidential campaign.  In 2013, Karen was awarded her doctorate entitled, The Storytellers tell Their Stories: The Journalist as Educator by the University of Southampton. She works with the Salzburg Media Academy and is interested in reporting conflict, autobiographical journalism and digital storytelling, as well as reporting marginalised voices.

Dr Anna Feigenbaum is Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling. Before joining the department of Journalism, English and Communication, she was a Lecturer in Media and Politics at BU from 2013-2015. Prior to this, she taught at Richmond, the American University in London and held fellow positions at the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Institute for Historical Research at University of London. She graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a PhD in Communication Studies.  Beyond the university, she runs a variety of workshops on data storytelling for local businesses, NGOs and community groups. She also provides consultancy for campaigns, archives and museum exhibitions related to her research.

Established in 1960, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) has campuses in the cities of Niterói, Angra dos Reis, Campos dos Goytacazes, Macaé, Nova Friburgo, Petrópolis, Rio das Ostras, Santo Antônio de Pádua and Volta Redonda, all located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With over 50,000 students (38,000 undergraduate and 12,000 postgraduate), the university is entirely funded by the Federal Government of Brazil. Today, UFF comprises 124 teaching departments; 129 on-site undergraduate courses, and 6 long distance undergraduate courses; 81 stricto sensu postgraduate programmes with 120 postgraduate courses (42 doctoral, 62 academic master's degrees and 16 professional master's degrees). For more information: http://www.uff.br/

Dr Andrea Medrado is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication and at the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Everyday life of Federal Fluminense University (UFF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She has extensive experience conducting research in Brazilian favelas, analysing the impacts of the recent mega events on marginalised communities. Prior to returning to her native Brazil, she has also worked as a lecturer and researcher at various universities in the UK.

Dr Renata Souza is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Everyday life of Federal Fluminense University, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She currently works as the Chief of Staff for a City Councillor in Rio de Janeiro. Renata has extensive experience as a human rights activist and as a community journalist. She was born and is a resident of Favela da Maré in Rio de Janeiro.

TCF (soon to be called ICT Plus) is a global organization that enables the effective collaboration, knowledge sharing, and service delivery of more than 2600 members organizations worldwide. Together, the network creates new opportunities, empower communities, and bring about positive and sustainable change through ICT and the Internet for millions of people around the world.

Innovator and social entrepreneur. An experienced consultant, executive director, facilitator, and mentor. Founder of several international technology-internet projects, social enterprises, and multilateral partnerships. Miguel has worked in more than 50 countries developing solutions with high socioeconomic impacts.

Mr Nabil Eid, TCF/Sparklab: is a strategic leader with a successful record of accomplishments and experiences by using (ICTs), with a great deal of dedication and vision. A public administration education background, he has held a variety of ICT4D positions in different sectors - Education, Capacity Building, Training Approach and Social Entrepreneurship. He has contributed in many national regional and global initiatives with the global organizations. Author of several books related to the use of ICT4D disadvantaged communities.

PAWA Initiative (PAWA254) is a not-for-profit initiative and art hub established in Kenya in 2011. It brings together creatives, entrepreneurs, activists and artists to achieve its vision to facilitate a bold, innovative and thriving art and media landscape that contributes to a better Kenya. Our work is organized around two thematic areas;

  • Art and Media: entails developing the capacity of emerging artists and facilitating the integration of this artistic expression for livelihood development.
  • Civic Engagement & Social Accountability: PAWA uses art as a form of civic engagement through dance, poetry, graffiti, theatre, music, film and photography to spark civic participation by focusing attention on governance, constitutionalism and service delivery in Kenya and in the process prompt action.

Everlyne Wagema is a Project Manager whose experience in Development Management is spread across various fields, her current focus being in Artivism with PAWA254; an Art and Media hub in Nairobi. Her current role focuses on livelihood development of creatives and the use of their diverse art forms to speak into governance, constitutionalism and service delivery in Kenya. She is a LSE PfAL fellow whose current research interest is focussed on measuring the Creative Economy in East Africa.

Contact us

Dr. Isabella Rega (Principal Investigator)

tel: +44 (0)1202 965646
email: irega@bournemouth.ac.uk

Faculty of Media and Communication
Bournemouth University
Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB, United Kingdom

Dr. Andrea Meyer Landulpho Medrado (Co-Investigator)
tel: +55 (21) 2629-9762
email: andreamedrado@id.uff.br

Instituto de Arte e Comunicação Social
Universidade Federal Fluminense
Professor Lara Vilela, 126, São Domingos, Niterói, CEP: 24210-590