Prof Natalia Chaban
Donald Matheson’s research interests lie in journalism studies, with a particular emphasis on discourse analysis of journalists’ writing practices. This interest has taken him towards researching journalism in new media, as well as historical and ethical aspects of newswriting. He is also interested in journalism sociology and in the study of alternative media.
Donald’s fields of research include:
- Communication ethic
- Discourse analysis, language as it is used
- New media, partic online journalism, digital radio
- Newswriting and news language
- Social media
Prof Linda Jean Kenix
Linda Jean’s research interests focus broadly on the representation of marginal groups in mass media, with a particular emphasis on the news. Her research gives specific attention to the agenda setting function of both mass and alternative media in the process of social change.
Linda’s fields of research include:
- Media and social change
- The representation of marginal groups in the news
- Alternative/Independent media
- Visual communication
- Media and non-profit organisations
Early Career Researchers
Dr Viktor Velivchenko
Dr. Viktor Velivchenko is PhD student at the National Centre for research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). Before coming to New Zealand, Viktor was Associate Professor of the Department of English Philology at Cherkasy Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University, Ukraine. His main scientific interest is in the field of lingual and cognitive pragmatics: he investigates how people use language to express information intended but not obligatory exposed by words. In 2012 he defended his dissertation in Philology on the topic Implicature as a Medium for Manifesting the Speaker’s Emotions. The work deals with indirect (implicative) way of expressing positive and negative emotions under different communicative conditions. At Cherkasy National University, he taught a course Language as a Means of Effecting Human Consciousness. Viktor is also interested in international relations, especially the relations in the triangle Western Countries-Ukraine-Russia. He has participated in many educational activities on NATO (organized by CID NATO in Ukraine) and, together with his colleagues, has initiated The Center of Euro and Euro Atlantic Integration at Cherkasy National University. He has got extensive work experience in planning and realization of successful activities/projects, supported by Peace Corps (Free Kick Project), PEPFAR, The Renaissance Fund, USAID, etc.
Dr. Iana Sabatovych
Dr. Iana Sabatovych is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). She obtained her PhD degree in 2019 with a research work that investigated the patterns of Ukraine’s post-communist transition in an absence of EU membership prospect. Iana has participated in a number of international research projects that examined public attitudes and perceptions including “Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: EU Perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine – (C3EU)” (2015-2018), and the “Update of the 2015 Perception Study: EU Perceptions in Strategic Partners” (2021). She is an experienced researcher whose skills include data management and project administration. Iana authored and co-authored various publications in academic peer-refereed journals and has presented papers and reports in numerous countries and to diverse audiences, including policymakers.