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Dr.Wafa Khalfan Al Ali Academic RankAssistant Professor
Wafa Khalfan Al Ali


  • Political Economy of the Media | Platform Studies | Journalism | Qualitative & Quantitative Content Analysis

Research Interests:

  • The role of journalism in non-democratic contexts | Media Management in the UAE | Digital Media | Globalization & identity | Decolonizing Research Methodologies


Dr. Wafa Khalfan is an emerging scholar who comes to academia with over a decade of industry experience in different sectors, and immense expertise in international conference management, entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She completed her doctoral training at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR), University of Glasgow (PhD in Media and Cultural Policy). She holds an MA in Communication (University of Sharjah) and BSc. in Computer Science with a Minor in Mass Communication (American University of Sharjah). She has been an active member in society as she curated the first ever TEDx event in Sharjah (TEDxSharjah -2012), served as a board member (Emirates Society for Consumer Protection), and volunteered for different causes such as culture (Emirates Women Writers’ Association), entrepreneurship (Sharjah Capability Development), social integration (Refugee Survival Trust -Scotland) and education (Glasgow ESOL Forum). Dr. Wafa Khalfan is interested in investigating sociopolitical changes through the lens of media and technology. Her work (in progress) includes research that investigates digital platforms and the influence of technology on journalism.
University of Glasgow (Graduate Teaching Assistant) University of Glasgow (Research & Innovation Intern) University of Glasgow (Organising Committee Member, College of Arts PGR Conference) UAE Federal Government (Programmes and Initiatives Executive) BBC & CNN (Freelancer & Production Intern) Media Startup at an Incubation Centre (Founder) Federal National Council (FNC) – Education, Youth & Media Committee (Policy Consultant) The Pink Caravan Campaign (Project Executive & Spokesperson). Al Dafrah Group (Executive Producer & Presenter) Sharjah Media Corporation (Radio Host & TV Journalist) Dar Al Sada Press & Publishing, Technology Pages Editor (Freelance Journalist)
European Media Management Association (EMMA) International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
Local News Management in the Digital Era: The Influence of Social Media on Local Television News in the United Arab Emirates The Direction of Change in Emirati Identity: A Popular Culture Study
Conference Papers: Khalfan, W. (2019, May 6-7). Fieldwork, Analysis, and Findings: Researching the Facts in the Age of Fake News [Paper presentation]. Postgraduate Symposium for Theatre, Film & TV and CCPR 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom Khalfan, W. (2017, July 10-11). Being Emirati: The Identity Question Revisited [Paper presentation]. Gulf Conference 2017: Hegemonic Boundaries and Asymmetric Power in the Gulf, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom Khalfan, W. (2017, May 25). Social Media: Whose Power? [Paper presentation]. Power 2017 Postgraduate Conference, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom
Dr. Wafa Khalfan is an Associate Fellow of Recognizing Excellence in Teaching (RET AF). She is keen on empowering learners with transferable skills to improve their employability opportunities and entrepreneurial mindset by: • developing their critical thinking tools. • safeguarding an inclusive space for free academic speech. • maintaining their well-being. • providing guidance for learning, creating, and progressing. She holds several vocational certifications in leadership & team-leading (ILM/ City&Guilds), innovation (University of San Diego), entrepreneurship (Coventry University), multiculturalism (AlMaktoum College-Dundee) & English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
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