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Humanitarianism, Communications and Change


Edited By Simon Cottle and Glenda Cooper

Humanitarianism, Communications and Change is the first book to explore humanitarianism in today’s rapidly changing media and communications environment. Based on the latest academic thinking alongside a range of professional, expert and insider views, the book brings together some of the most authoritative voices in the field today. It examines how the fast-changing nature of communications throws up new challenges but also new possibilities for humanitarian relief and intervention. It includes case studies deployed in recent humanitarian crises, and significant new communication developments including social media, crisis mapping, SMS alerts, big data and new hybrid communications. And against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized and threat-filled world, the book explores how media and communications, both old and new, are challenging traditional relations of communication power.
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Kimberly Abbott is the Vice President of Communications at World Learning, a nonprofit organization advancing leadership through education, development, and exchange in more than 60 countries. She was previously Communications Director for North America at the International Crisis Group and a journalist at CNN. She may be contacted @kimberlymabbott.

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication, as well as Deputy Head of School (Academic), in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK. Stuart’s books include Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis, as well as the edited The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism, and Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume 2. He is currently engaged in research examining citizens’ uses of digital imagery in news reporting, while also writing a historiography of war photography. Stuart’s contact information is

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