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Dr Carmen Sammut

Dr Carmen Sammut


Senior Lecturer
International Relations
Faculty of Arts
Room 352,
Pro Rectors' Office,
Administration Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 3401

Students & Staff Affairs and Outreach
Room 352,
Pro Rectors' Office,
Administration Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 3401

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Dr Carmen Sammut is Pro Rector for Students & Staff Affairs and Outreach. She lectures in the Department of International Relations (Faculty of Arts) where she also served as Head of Department.
She holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She obtained her Masters (cum laude), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a BA Degree from the University of Malta. She currently teaches and writes about journalism, international communications, political communication and issues of culture in international affairs. At the University of Malta she also teaches journalism within the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (MAKS).
Carmen Sammut is a long experienced broadcaster and regularly appears as an analyst discussing current events. She starting her career as a journalist with the national broadcasting station in the early 1980s, where she mainly engaged with the writing and production of foreign news and current affairs programmes. Since the arrival of pluralism in broadcasting in 1991 she has freelanced for various media outlets. In 2006 she presented a radio programme on European affairs for which the radio station RTK won a journalism award.
Dr Sammut served on the Media Ethics Commission of the Institute of Journalists and she chaired a sub-committee that drafted a revised Code of Ethics.
She was chairperson of the Management Board of the Majjistral Nature and History Park (which is situated the North West of the Maltese islands) and as acted Director Operations of the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison office (ECLASLO). She sits on the Board of Governors of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, she is Governor for Malta on the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Dr Sammut played a role in civil society, namely in relation to gender-related issues. She regularly moderates events which included the Convention of the Maltese Living Abroad and the Women's Forum during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2015.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Media systems
  • Journalism
  • Political communication
  • Gender and politics
  • Soft power and nation branding
  • International relations
  • Political economy

Selected Publications

Murphy, B. & Sammut, C. forthcoming 2016, " Situating the Media: Facts and History" in Sociology of the Maltese Islands., eds. M. Briguglio & M. Brown, Agenda, Malta.

Novelli, E., Rafter, K., Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A., Veríssimo, E., Álvares, A. & Sammut, C. forthcoming 2016, "
The Economic Crisis and Austerity" in Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections., eds. C. Holtz-Bacha, E. Novelli & K. Rafter, Palgrave Macmillan, UK.

Sammut, C. forthcoming 2016, "The Face of Evil in the era of Liberal Peace: Media Debates around the cases of Jyllands-Posten and Charlie Hebdo." in Pedagogy, Politics and Philosophy of Peace and Peace-Making, ed. Borg, Carmel and Grech, Michael, Bloomsbury, UK.

Sammut, C. 2013, "
Mintoff, l-Istampa u x-Xandir" in Duminku Mintoff: Bejn Storja u Miti.
, ed. S. Grech, Horizons, Malta, pp. 159-192.

Sammut, C. 2013, "Gender and political engagement: Assessing the role of the media in the Maltese Islands.
 " in  Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean., ed. F. Sadiqi, Routledge, UK, USA, Canada, pp. 211-231.

Sammut, C. 2011, "Producing News Texts in receiving countries: beyond journalists
professional ideology and cultural explanations" in
Media, Migration and Public Opinion: Myths, Prejudices and the Challenge of Attaining Mutual Understanding between Europe and North Africa
, ed. I. Ureta Vaquero, Peter Lang, Berne.

Sammut, C. 2009, "Partisan Media in Malta" in Media in Malta. , eds. J. Borg, M.A. Lauri & A. Hillman, Progress Press, Malta.

Sammut, C. 2009, "Reassessing the Maltese Media System" in Malta and the Maltese. , eds. G. Cassar & J. Cutajar, Agenda Publications., Malta, pp. 75-101.

Sammut, C. 2007, "The Ambiguous Borderline between Human Rights and National Security: The
Journalist's Dilemma in the Reporting of Irregular Immigrants in Malta. ", Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

Sammut, C. 2007, Media and Maltese Society, Lexington Press, Lanham, USA.


Research work in progress:
Journalists at the frontline of migration debates.
The Social Media uses by Palestinian youth during and after the Arab Spring.

Involvement in projects:
Evaluation and Monitoring Process; Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture

ECREA: European Communication Research and Education Association
IAMCR: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)


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