Dr Alana Mann

Senior Lecturer
Director of Degree Master of Strategic PR

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2249

Biographical details

Dr Alana Mann teaches media studies, public opinion and international relations in the BA(MECO), Masters of Strategic Public Relations and Bachelor of International and Global Studies. The focus of her research is political communication, specifically the engagement of non-state actors in international politics. She applies an interdisciplinary approach with a strong focus on democracy, social justice and citizenship that is reflected in her focus on the power relations between the media, governments, institutions and civil society actors in the field of food politics.

Her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (2014) draws on grounded case studies of agrarian movements in countries including Chile, Mexico and Spain to theorise a diversity of counter-movement organising strategies and political alliances.

Dr Mann is a member of the University of Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) project node 'Food, People and the Planet' and also the global food security and nutrition node within the Charles Perkins Centre.

Her latest research project focuses on how competing discourses about food security within and between Australia and its trading partner nations inform policy-making, with the aim of evaluating how new models of inclusive governance are facilitating the emergence of alternative paradigms regarding the treatment of global hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

Dr Mann is on study leave in Semester 2, 2014.

Research interests

  • The communication strategies of grassroots organisations, social movements and international humanitarian NGOs
  • Transnational civil society and advocacy in human rights and food politics
  • Framing processes, issue emergence, discourse analysis and mechanisms of representation
  • Communication structures and processes in globalisation, particularly in relation to concepts of political community and network theory

Teaching and supervision

Please note Alana is on leave Semester 2, 2014.

Consultation Times

Wednesday 3pm - 5pm or by appointment.

Alana teaches and co-ordinates MECO3605 Media Globalisation (UG), MECO3609 Critical Practice (UG) and MECO6913 Public Opinion, Policy and the Public Sphere (PG). She also teaches into the Bachelor of International and Global Studies in Semester 1.

Associations

  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • Member of International Communication Association (ICA)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Mann, A. (2014). Power Shift: Global Activism in Food Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Mann, A. (2013). Food sovereignty in a post-¬≠organic era. In Bruno Mascitelli, Antonio Lobo (Eds.), Organics in the Global Food Chain, (pp. 201-229). Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing.

Journals

  • Mann, A. (2013). Bursting the 'Brussels Bubble': The Movement Towards Transparency on European Farm Subsidies. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 10(2/3), 47-54.
  • Mann, A. (2011). No Corn, No Country: Mexican Farmers Opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17(2), 197-211.
  • Mann, A. (2009). Communicating the right to food sovereignty: The voice of the Campesino in the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform. PRism, 6(2), 1-12.
  • Mann, A. (2008). Spaces for talk: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and genuine dialogue in an International Advocacy Movement. Asian Social Science, 4(10), 3-13.

Conferences

  • Mann, A. (2012). Power-shift: Changing dynamics and scales of action in food politics. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

Other Works

  • Mann, A. (2011). Lobbying the UN to Advance Peasant Rights. Claiming Human Rights: The Accountability Challenge, (pp. 18 - 22). Heidelberg, Germany: FIAN International.

Research Reports

  • Mann, A. (2008). State of the News Print Media in Australia 2008 | Journalistic practices and the quality of journalism: Churnalism, December 2008, (pp. 5/2 - 5/4). Sydney, Australia: Australian Press Council.

2014

  • Mann, A. (2014). Power Shift: Global Activism in Food Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013

  • Mann, A. (2013). Bursting the 'Brussels Bubble': The Movement Towards Transparency on European Farm Subsidies. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 10(2/3), 47-54.
  • Mann, A. (2013). Food sovereignty in a post-¬≠organic era. In Bruno Mascitelli, Antonio Lobo (Eds.), Organics in the Global Food Chain, (pp. 201-229). Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing.

2012

  • Mann, A. (2012). Power-shift: Changing dynamics and scales of action in food politics. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

2011

  • Mann, A. (2011). Lobbying the UN to Advance Peasant Rights. Claiming Human Rights: The Accountability Challenge, (pp. 18 - 22). Heidelberg, Germany: FIAN International.
  • Mann, A. (2011). No Corn, No Country: Mexican Farmers Opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17(2), 197-211.

2009

  • Mann, A. (2009). Communicating the right to food sovereignty: The voice of the Campesino in the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform. PRism, 6(2), 1-12.

2008

  • Mann, A. (2008). Spaces for talk: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and genuine dialogue in an International Advocacy Movement. Asian Social Science, 4(10), 3-13.
  • Mann, A. (2008). State of the News Print Media in Australia 2008 | Journalistic practices and the quality of journalism: Churnalism, December 2008, (pp. 5/2 - 5/4). Sydney, Australia: Australian Press Council.

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