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Jairo Lugo-Ocando

University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Dean, College of Communication, University of Sharjah


Professor Jairo Lugo-Ocando, PhD is the Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah in the U.A.E. He previously served as the Director of Executive and Graduate Education at Northwestern University in Qatar. Until 2018 he was an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. One strand of his research centres on the way the news media reports poverty and development while the other focuses on how journalists use statistics to articulate news. He is author of several monographs and dozens of peer-review journal articles and book chapters. He has been a visiting lecturer at the National University of Singapore, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the USA, Vietnam National University, the University of Malaga in Spain among others. Before becoming an academic he worked as a journalist and news editor for several publications in Latin America and the USA and continues to write columns and blogs.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Lugo-Ocando’s journey

Selected readings

Lugo-Ocando, Jairo (2020). Foreign Aid and Journalism in the Global South. A Mouthpiece for Truth. London: Lexington Books.

Subervi, Federico; Rodríguez-Cotto, Sandra and, Lugo-Ocando, Jairo (2020). The News Media in Puerto Rico. Journalism in Colonial Settings and in Times of Crises. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Orchard Rieiro, Maria Ximena, Sara García, Brambilla, Julieta and Lugo-Ocando, Jairo (Editors) (2020). Media & Governance in Latin America. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Requejo-Aleman, J. and Lugo-Ocando, Jairo (2021). The CIPER and IDL-Reporteros’ Content Strategy: consequences of changing platform from Facebook to Twitter. Brazilian Journalism Research Vol. 17, No 1.

Lugo-Ocando, Jairo (2019). Lugo-Ocando, J. (2020). The ‘changing’ face of media discourses on poverty in the age of populism and anti-globalisation: The political appeal of anti-modernity and certainty in Brazil. International Communication Gazette, 82(1), 101-116. 

Watch Prof. Lugo-Ocando present on “Twitter use, authorial control and agenda setting in Latin America’s non-profit investigative journalism organizations” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Lugo-Ocando’s insights about his professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast