Stef is a Senior Lecturer in Public Communication and Civil Development. Her research interest and expertise focus on the role that public communication can play in the building, developing and diminishing of civil society. She has examined how European citizenship was publicly communicated to European citizens from 1951 onwards and she has looked at how the EU has tried to stimulate what she calls a Civil Europe from the 1950s onwards through the use of culture, the mass media and education. She has acted as an official historian for the European Commission and its policies on public opinion and citizenship. She is currently working on her third monograph where she looks at how self-sustainable peace can be built in post-civil war settings through the use of communication which for her includes the fictional and factual media as well as the performative and visual arts. Stef also currently acts as a consultant for the UN DDR programme and the revision of its public information module. Her first two books Representations of European citizenship since 1951 and The building of Civil Europe 1951-1972 were both published with Palgrave Macmillan.
The Centre for Freedom of the Media Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding is now active and running its first online events. This week on Monday July 20th and Tuesday July 21st, we ran two virtual meet ups with over a dozen of our hub members and had a fantastic time.