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A copy of my academic CV is available here, and you can follow my research work over at Researchgate. My primary areas of interest are conflict reporting, ethics, witnessing and the affective/emotional dimensions of journalism practices.


PhD, London School of Economics (2019)
MPP Public Policy & Conflict (Universität Erfurt) – 1.5 / 1st (2015)
MA Media Studies (Rhodes University) – Distinction (2012)
PgDipJMS Journalism & Media Studies (Rhodes University) – (2010)
BSc (Honours) Computer Science (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) – (2004)
BSc Computer Science (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) – (2003)


Stupart, R. (2021)  “Tired, Hungry, and on Deadline: Affect and Emotion in the Practice of Conflict Journalism.” Journalism Studies 22, no. 12, p1574–89.

Stupart, R. (2021) “Forgotten Conflicts: Journalists and the Humanitarian Imaginary.” In Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication, 1st ed., 15. London: Routledge.

Stupart R. (2021) Feeling responsible: Emotion and practical ethics in conflict journalism. Media, War & Conflict. 14(3):268-281. doi:10.1177/17506352211013461

Stupart, R. (2021) Precarity, technology, identity, in Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa: Conceptual and Empirical Considerations (Maweu, J & Mare, A eds)

Stupart, R. (2020). Bearing witness: practices of journalistic witnessing in South Sudan, thesis, London School of Economics

Stupart, R., & Strelitz, L. (2016). Framing the Famine: An analysis of media coverage of the 2011 famine in Somalia. African Journalism Studies 33(1), 100-119, doi:10.1080/23743670.2015.1084586

Stupart, R. (2015). Africa’s deadliest conflict: media coverage of the humanitarian disaster in the Congo and the United Nations response 1997–2008. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 33(3), 418-420. doi:10.1080/02589001.2015.1075939

Working Papers

Stupart, R. Recording a War: Method and ethics in post-conflict archive-building
Stupart, R. & Furman, K. Bearing Witness: Testimony as justification for watching suffering


Exhibition grant, Firoz Lalji Center for Africa, London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD Studentship Award, 2016 -2019, London School of Economics and Political Science
Senior Fellow, African Good Governance Network
DAAD Scholarship for Masters study, 2013 – 2015
Winner: South African University Debating Championships, 2004

Conferences, seminars & teaching

Research design and Methods. Course lecturer at the Willy Brandt school of public policy, Universität Erfurt.

Mediated solidarity: Compassion fatigue, the CNN effect and the representation of distant suffering.  A paper presented as part of the Finding Africa Postcolonial African Studies seminar series at the University of York.

From counting to comprehending: A methodological approach to making ‘conflictition’ visible in the case of Boko Haram International conference at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Bielefeld University, 2-4 June 2016

Other Projects

Bearing Witness
Conflict reporting is a hard job, done in hard places. It’s challenging both practically, in the face of governments and armed groups intent on concealing acts of violence, and ethically, in that it frequently involves watching and recording the suffering of others. What might justify professional conflict reporting as something other than voyeurism, and what makes it so hard to do?

African Conflict Map
An online map, showing over 94,000 instances of conflict events across Africa in the last 14 years and allowing users to browse conflict event data and export subsets of the overall dataset for research. Underlying data extracted from the University of Sussex’ ACLED data project.

A database/research console allowing users to conduct country-year queries across a range of databases (ACLED, Aid Worker Security Project, World Bank and others) and receive graphed layout of conflict, economic and other trends, exportable as summary tables or raw event and statistical data. Login protected, but demonstration accounts available on request.