Prof. Brenda Murphy

Prof. Brenda Murphy

Prof. Brenda Murphy


Associate Professor

Room 207
Lecture Centre
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2420
Prof Murphy joined the UoM as Assistant Lecturer in 1994. During that time, while lecturing, supervising students and carrying out administrative duties, she was also researching for a PhD at the University of London. Following the award of PhD in 2002, she was promoted to Lecturer. In February 2008 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and in 2009 she moved from the Centre of Communication Technology to the deBono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. In February 2010 she was appointed Director at the Institute, responsible for the Masters in Creativity and Innovation and International MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation..

In November 2013 University Council approved the Department of Gender Studies, she joined this Department as a founding member. This was a team-driven exercise developing a Masters in Gender Studies (Research); Masters in Gender Studies (Taught); and PhD’s in gender focused research. In October 2014 she was elected to the University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA) Executive Committee and appointed President, and in October 2016 was elected and appointed General Secretary. In Feb 2017 she was also appointed Research Associate with Institute for Mediterranean Studies.

She was appointed Head of Department in February 2016 and the department launched a Masters of Gender Studies, and Masters of Gender, Society and Culture.

In November 2017 she was appointed Assoc. Professor – she continued to be Head of Department, Research Associate with Institute for Mediterranean Studies and General Secretary of the Staff Association.

Prof Murphy is engaged in projects such as the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) as National Coordinator; COST Actions and other EU funded projects for the European Institute for Gender Equality. Alongside extensive teaching experience and research projects, she supports her department administratively and has nurtured links between it and other Universities, and between University and industry, by coordinating projects in gender, culture and media research. Working with bodies such as the Commission on Domestic Violence (wirer she recently completed guidelines for media producers reporting DV), Department of Health, National Commission for Promotion of Equality, the Employment and Training Corporation, the President’s Foundation.
  • Gender & Media, Media/Advertising Consumption, Media Representation, Diaspora, Globalisation & Post-colonialisation

Murphy, B. 2017, "
Malta: A critical mapping of women in the media - absences and contested occupancies - from Boardrooms to Broadcasts" in Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe
, eds. K. Ross & C. Padovani, Routledge, London, pp. 126-135.

GMMP 2015, Global Media Monitoring Project, WACC, Canada.

Murphy, B. 2015, Brewing Identities: Globalisation, Guinness and the Production of Irishness, 1st edn, Peter Lang, New York.

European Institute for Gender Equality 2013, Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations: Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States: Women and the Media
, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), European Union.

Murphy, B. 2012, "Masculinities and Consumption, Guinness: an economic entity and a cultural icon in southern Africa" in Essays and Source Materials on South African-Irish History as vol.4 of occasional series, Southern African-Irish Studies, ed. D.P. McCracken, Ireland and Southern-Africa Project, Durban, pp. 47-71.

Murphy, B. 2010, Global Media Monitoring Project 2010 (GMMP) National Report (Malta), GMMP, Online.

Murphy, B. 2009, "Gendering the Media: stereotypes at work, strategies for change" in Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape, eds. J. Borg, A. Hillman & M.A. Lauri, Allied Publications, Malta.

Murphy, B. 2006, Global Media Monitoring Project 2005 (GMMP) National Report (Malta), Global Media Monitoring Project, WAAC, Canada.

Murphy, B. 2003, "Pure Genius: Guinness Consumption and National Identity", New Hibernia Review, vol. 7:4, no. Winter.

Work under review/in progress for publication

Murphy B. 2019 Gender-positive advertising – challenging gender stereotyping in
advertising?, In Ross. K. (Ed.) Gender and Communications Encyclopedia (forthcoming)

Murphy B. 2019 Framing Couples: stereotypes, romance and idealised romance in
the media, In Abela A, Piscopo S., & Vella, S. (Eds.) Couple Relationships in a Global Context, Understanding love and intimacy
across cultures. National Centre of Family Research of the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society; Springer

Murphy B. 2019 media landscapes and striptease cultures – patriarchy, portrayal and
bodies In The Representation of Women in Contemporary
Society (forthcoming)

Murphy B. & D. Honorato 2019 ‘Looking smart, mediated bodies in working spaces’
– regulations and policies for change in Body, Appearance and Social Presentation at the Workplace: in Europe, in the Middle East
and Latin America (forthcoming)