(MA & PhD Coordinator)
I was appointed as a Lecturer in Media Studies at Wits in 2013. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the North West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa and Research Assistant at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.
My research focus is in two broad areas. Firstly, I am interested in how expression (whether political and cultural), and institutions (media, economic and political) impact on policy processes and the degree to which the exercise for control between these institutions lead to citizens empowerment or disempowerment. Secondly I am also interested in exploring the various dimensions of political processes and media from the global and national perspective.
I am currently working on a project with a colleague from Okanagan College, Canada. This project explores privacy issues with New Mobile Technologies i.e. Google Glass, Tablets, and iwatch and how these new mobile technological devices aid marketing activities and their impact on the everyday lives of the citizens.
I also have interest in Public Relations and have authored many newspapers and magazines articles during my years in the media industry as a Public Relations Officer.
PhD in Communications Studies (University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2012)
MA in Communications Studies (University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2007)
BA in Mass Communication (Delta State University, Nigeria, 2005)
Akpojivi, U. & Fosu, M. 2014. Indigenous Radio Broadcasting In Ghana: Retrospect and Prospect. A Book of Readings: In A. Salawu & M. Chibita. Eds. Indigenous Language Media, Language Politics and Democracy in Africa. Accepted (Forthcoming).
Akpojivi, U. 2013. Looking Beyond Elections: An Examination of Media Freedom in the Re-Democratization of Nigeria. In A. Olorunnisola & A. Douai. Eds. New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa. New York: IGI
Mahlangu, B. & Akpojivi, U. 2013. Mobile Phone Addiction Among Students' at a South African University. In N. Delener, L. Fuxman, F. LU, S. Rodrigues & L. Rivera. Eds, GBATA 2013 Book of Readings. New York: EBSCO Publishing.
Akpojivi, U. 2011. Media Freedom Debate Revisited, the Need for Localization of Ideas in Young Democratic Societies: Case of Ghana. In I. Biernacka-Ligieza & L. Kocwin. Eds. Local And Regional Media- Democracy And Civil Society Shaping Process. New Ruda: Wydawnictwo.
Akpojivi, U. 2013. Attitudes towards Information Privacy amongst Black South African Generation Y Students: A Study of Royalty Cards. Mediterranean Journal of Social Science, 4(3): 647-658.
Fosu, M. & Akpojivi, U. 2013. Convergence, Citizens Engagement and Democratic Sustainability in Emerging Democracies: The Case of Ghana and Nigeria. Journal of Mass Communication and Jouralism, 3(1):1-5.
Akpojivi, U. 2012. Community Radio Regulation and Its Challenges in Ghana. Journal of African Media Studies, 4(2):193-207.
Akpojivi, U. & Fosu, M. 2013. Challenges and Complexities of Media Regulation: A Comparative Study of Media Practices in Emerging Democracies. Atiner Conference paper Series, No:MED2013-0403:1-16.
Akpojivi, U. The FOI Act: Beyond the Euphoria, Guardian Newspaper, June 27, 2011.
Akpojivi, U. Law and Disorder in Lagos: Matters Arising, Guardian Newspapers, November 18, 2010.
Akpojivi, U. Rebranding and other Issues, Guardian Newspapers, October 28, 2010.
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