Dr Saira Ali

Dr Saira Ali
 Position Lecturer Media Studies
 Org Unit Media
 Email saira.ali@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1403
 Location Floor/Room 9 08 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Saira Ali has over ten years of experience in the media industry, having worked at the top tiers of publishing with Kitab Pvt Ltd and the Oxford University Press in Pakistan. She started her academic career in 2015 at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), where she taught in various Public Relations and Social Media courses. She joined University of Adelaide in 2019 as Lecturer in Media Studies. Her work focuses on (digital) media practices.

    Taking on a multi-disciplinary approach, Saira's research focuses on the mediatisation of risk, security and othering; journalistic practices, censorship and emerging media. In 2019, Saira co-authored a book, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, for Oxford University Press, Australia. She has also published in journals such as Global Media and Communication, International Communication Gazette and Media International Australia. 

  • Qualifications


    2019    Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast

    ·       Thesis Title: World Risk Society: East-West Comparative Analysis of Meditated Terrorism

    2019    Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast

    2013    Graduate Diploma in Arts – Communications & Public Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast

    2005    Masters in Transnational Communications & Global Media, Goldsmith’s College, University of London

    2000    Masters in English Literature, University of the Punjab, Pakistan



  • Research Interests

    Global mediatisation of risk, security and Othering; Journalistic practices; Censorship; Emerging digital technologies; Terrorism/counterterrorism; Cultural studies; Representation

  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    • Ali, S. & Khattab, U. 2019. Reporting terrorism in Muslim Asia: The Peshawar massacre. Media International Australia. In Press.
    • Ali, S. & Khattab, U. 2018. Trans-mediatised terrorism: Sydney Lindt Café siege. Global Media and Communication, 14(3), pp. 301-323.
    • Ali, S. & Khattab, U. 2017. East-West trans-mediatisation of terrorism and Islamophobia: Sydney siege and Peshawar massacre, The International Communication Gazette, 79(8), pp.722-745.
    • Khattab, U., Ali, S. & Fonn, S. 2017. Strategic communication management of corporate crises: Case analysis. Journal of Social & Behavioural Research in Business, 8(1), pp: 15-40.
    • Ali, S. & Khattab, U. 2016. Australian talkback radio prank strategy: A media-made crisis'. Journal of Communication Management, 20(1), pp. 56 – 74.


    Sutherland, K, Ali, S & Khattab, U 2019. Public Relations and Strategic Communication. South Melbourne: OxfordUniversity Press.



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