Centre for Communication and Glocal Change

Thomas Tufte

tufte ttufte@ruc.dk
Professor of Media and Communication Studies
School of Media, Communication and Sociology
University of Leicester

Since 2004 I have been a professor in communication at Roskilde University. In 2008 I was, along

with Oscar Hemer, the co-founder of Ørecomm Centre for Communication and Glocal Change.

This has beenb my base in the past quite many years. Currently I also serve as a senior research

associate with University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2013-2016).

With a background in cultural sociology (MA, 1989) and media studies (PhD, 1995) my research

stretches from qualitative audience research over health communication to a broad spectrum of

issues within communication for development and social change. I worked for many years with

Latin America questions, but the past 10-15 years my focus has been mainly on Sub-saharan Africa

although I do still collaborate also with Latin American universities. Currently, I am the principal

investigator of the Nordic-Kenyan research project: ‘Critical Perspectives on New Media and Social

Change in the Global South’ (2013-2016). Theoretically, I am these years very interested in the

intersections between social movement theory, media and communication theory and development


Work history

Professor of Communication for Development, Roskilde University (2004-)

Associate Professor at Department of International Health, Univ. of Copenhagen (2003-2004)

UNESCO Chair of Communication, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Jan-May 2003)

Visiting Scholar, Rhodes University, South Africa (Sept-Nov 2002)

Associate Professor (1999-2002) at Department of Film and Media Studies, Univ. of Copenhagen

Assistant Professor (1996-1999) at Department of Film and Media Studies, Univ. of Copenhagen

Junior Professional Officer at UNDP in Paraguay 1994-1996

Information and communication officer at Danchurchaid, 1990-1993

Recent Books

– Tufte, T, (2015). Comunicación para el cambio social. La participación y el empoderamiento

como base en el desarrollo mundial. Barcelona: Icária, Antrazyt Collections.

– A.H.Hansen, O. Hemer & T. Tufte (eds). 2015. Memory on Trial: Media, Citizenship and Social

Justice. Berlin and London: LIT Verlag.

– K.Wilkins, T.Tufte & R.Obregon (eds). 2014. Handbook in Development Communication and

Social Change, USA: Blackwell Wiley.

– T.Tufte, N.Wildermuth, A. Hansen-Skovmoes & W.Mitullah (eds). 2012. People Speaking Back?

Media, Empowerment and Civic Engagement of African Youth. Yearbook 2012 of The International

Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media. NORDICOM and UNESCO: Univ. of Gothenburg.

– C. M. Krohling Peruzzo, T. Tufte and J. Vega Casanova (eds). 2011. Trazos de una otra

Comunicación en América Latina: practicas comunitárias, teorías y demandas sociales. ALAIC y

Ediciones Uninorte, Barranquilla, Colombia.

For full list of publications, see http://ruc-dk.academia.edu/ThomasTufte or