Karen Fowler-Watt


Dr. Karen Fowler-Watt is Professor of Journalism and Global Narratives at Bournemouth University and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s. Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). As a BBC journalist, she worked as an output editor for Radio 4 News and Current affairs, where she made investigative documentaries and was a field producer in the Middle East, covering the Gulf Crisis and War in 1990/1 and producing news output from Moscow, Europe, Northern Ireland and the United States, with a stint as Washington bureau producer. Karen was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, where she researched in political theory. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and is engaged in a journalism pedagogy project with Dutch non-profit Global Voices. She speaks at national and international conferences, debating journalism ethics, trauma and journalism education and works closely with industry networks and accrediting bodies. Recent grants have supported research into post-traumatic growth, working with former child soldiers in Colombia; lived experiences of reality TV contributors (devising duty of care protocols) and media literacy projects on building resilience. Her research interests focus on reimagining journalism education, reporting conflict, trauma, ethics, marginalised voices and auto/biographical approaches to journalistic storytelling.