My Research Interests
My research interest is located at the intersection between communications and global change. How can we use the tools of communications to solve social, political and environmental problems in contemporary society? How are communication interventions localised, encountered and contested in crises societies - particularly in Africa? What are the cultural, social and political impacts of new communication technologies in contemporary society? These are the core questions that I seek to answer.
My PhD in Strategic Communications was supervised by the eminent Professor Philip M. Taylor at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. I researched the nature and impacts of the UN's public information operations in crises states. Prior to Leeds, I studied at the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. I have a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Uyo in Nigeria.
I started my academic career as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds where I managed and taught the PG module Communications and Global Change and the UG module Communications and Conflicts in the Information Age. After my Post Doc I consulted for E.ON in the UK (one of the largest energy companies in Europe) and later founded Covernance Energy - an operational energy think tank specializing in operational research in communicative value of smart metering technologies for customer engagement and behaviour change. I have consulted for several businesses and educational establishments on strategies for staff engagement and behaviour change. Presently I am a professor at American University of Nigeria.
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, PhD