Ganzi M. Isharaza

Ganzi M. Isharaza


I joined the PhD programme at the School of Media and Communication, under a full Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship in 2016. I have over a 10 years' experience in development communication and holds a BA (Hons) Mass Communication (First Class) from Uganda Christian University and an MA in International Communications (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds.

Prior to joining the School's PhD programme, I worked as a Communications Manager for Compassion International, World Vision and Uganda Christian University. I have worked in several humanitarian emergency crises across the African continent, including the 2012 Mali civil crisis, 2012 M23 uprising in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two Ebola outbreaks in Uganda and landslides in Eastern Uganda. Between 2012 and 2013, I was a member of the World Vision Africa Regional Disaster Management Team. I also worked as a lecturer of Communications at Uganda Christian University,  journalist for The New Vision, Uganda's largest daily English newspaper and for the Hot Sun Foundation in Kibera, Nairobi Kenya, one of the largest slums in the world.

My experience in development and humanitarian communication is the motivation behind my PhD research topic which explores the political economy of International Non-Governmental Organizations' media production processes and the power relations that exist between their Southern and Northern based Communication Professionals. I am supervised by Dr. Chris Paterson and Dr. Anna Zoellner.   

Research interests

African Studies

Humanitarian Emergency Communication

Development Communication

Media Representations of Poverty

Promotional Industries  


  • BA (Hons) Mass Communication (First Class) Uganda Christian University
  • MA International Communications (with Distinction), University of Leeds