The underlying concern of her teaching and research is an understanding of the conditions for democratic communication and social justice against a backdrop of social inequality. Much of her work focuses on how the (news) media contribute to the inclusion/exclusion of marginalized social groups and on the efforts of specific actors (journalists, activists, ordinary citizens) to navigate creatively within hegemonic media environments.
Isabel is theme lead (on Diversity and Inclusion) within the Vital Cities and Citizens Erasmus Initiative. She obtained her PhD in Communication from Stanford University (USA) in 2007. A native from Chile, Isabel studied journalism and aesthetics in Universidad Católica de Chile. Before moving to the U.S. and to Europe, she worked as a journalism lecturer in Universidad Católica and as a political reporter in a national Chilean newspaper.
I. Awad (2015). Comunicación y desigualdad: La centralidad de los medios en la lucha por el reconocimiento [Communication and Inequality. The media’s central role in the struggle for recognition]. Cuadernos.info, 36, 10-11.
I. Awad, M. Hervás & M.A. Bulnes (2013). Dirigentas de campamento y actividad mediática: Más allá de internet [Slum community leaders and media activity: Beyond the internet]. Cuadernos.info, 33 (2), 29-42. doi: 10.7764/cdi.33.534
T.L. Glasser & I. Awad (2014). Journalism, multiculturalism and the struggle for solidarity. In C. Christians & K. Nordenstreng (Eds.), Communication theories in a multicultural world (pp. 273-292). New York: Peter Lang
I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity: The “New Style” of Dutch Public Broadcasting. In G. Titley, K. Horsti & G. Hultén (Eds.), National Conversations: Public service media and cultural diversity in Europe (pp. 85-104). Bristol, UK: Intellect
I. Awad, J. Engelbert & J.C. van Sterkenburg (Ed.). (2019). Special issue Editors of Special issue European Journal of Cultural Studies The porous borders of Europe: Contemporary media and everyday discourses of belonging and exclusion. London: Sage
I. Awad, S. Azrioual, T. Cieraad, A. Costa, K. De Vries, J.M. Engelbert, I. Lochem, A. Nzume, J. Olivieira, J.C. van Sterkenburg, A.A. van Stipriaan Luiscius & J.R. Ward (Ed.). (2015). PIET: Handboek voor een moderne Sinterklaasviering. Rotterdam/Amsterdam: Trichis / Noturban
I. Awad, J. Engelbert & J.C. van Sterkenburg (Eds.). (2019-) European Journal of Cultural Studies.
I. Awad (2018, augustus 8). From digitalization to neoliberalism: Rethinking citizen participation and distrust in the news. Jesus College, Oxford, 20th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.
I. Awad (2017, maart 17). Re-conceptualizing neoliberalism in the news: Beyond (pure) economic. University of Amsterdam, Trending Topics MA course of the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS).
I. Awad (2013, maart 19). Latin-American journalism and neoliberal democracy. University of Helsinki, Master’s course Media, journalism and politics in Latin America.
I. Awad (2019, januari 30). Erasmus Tiger Lecture, International Film Festival Rotterdam. Rotterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam.
I. Rots & I. Awad (2019). The case of documentary series Schuldig: How the controversial genre ‘poverty porn’ can be used to effectively tackle poverty. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Nijmegen (2019, februari 7 - 2019, februari 8).
I. Blum, I. Awad & J.C. van Sterkenburg (2019). Protesting in a new media landscape: Colin Kaepernick and the return of Black athlete activism. Preconference Sports Communication and Social Justice, Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA): Washington D.C. (2019, mei 24 - 2019, mei 28).
I. Awad (2019). The constraints of “the digital” and what journalism studies can gain from engaging with neoliberalism. Biannual Future of Journalism Conference: Cardiff University, UK (2019, september 12 - 2019, september 12).
I. Awad (2019). Challenging the primacy of the digital and examining the role of the neoliberal in the practice and study of journalism today. Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association, ESA: Manchester, UK (2019, augustus 21 - 2019, augustus 23).
I. Awad & J. Tossell (2019). Is the smartphone always a smart choice? Beyond utilitarian approaches to the “connected migrant". Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR): Madrid, Spain (2019, juli 7 - 2019, juli 11).
I. Blum, I. Awad & J. Van Sterkenburg (2018). The new media landscape and the return of Black athlete activism in the US: The case of Colin Kaepernick. Sport and Discrimination Conference: Oxford Brookes University (2018, september 4 - 2019, september 4).
I. Awad (2018). From digital to neoliberal: Reinterpreting current developments in journalism. 9th annual Rebele Symposium: Stanford University (2018, mei 11 - 2018, mei 11).
I. Blum, I. Awad & J.C. van Sterkenburg (2018). Colin Kaepernick and Black Athlete Activism in the US: How New Media is Changing the Game Again. Conference “Changing the rules of the game? Two-day symposium on sport and media: Loughborough (2018, mei 16 - 2018, mei 17).
B.C.M. Kester, I. Awad & N. Ruigrok (2017). Dutch Journalism Students: shifting motivation, role perceptions and preferences. ECREA conference Trial & Error – Media education in a changing media world: Tilburg (2017, mei 17 - 2017, mei 18).
I. Awad, J. Engelbert & N. de Vette (2017). Poor and sexy: Anti-poverty campaigns in the age of neoliberalism. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Tilburg (2017, januari 26 - 2017, januari 27).
B.C.M. Kester & I. Awad (2016). Dutch journalism students in a changing media and educational environment. Bi-annual conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): Prague (2016, november 9 - 2016, november 12).
B.C.M. Kester & I. Awad (2015). Dutch journalism students looking at (their future in) journalism. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Antwerp (2015, februari 2 - 2015, februari 3).
I. Awad (2015). Digital journalism, neoliberal journalism? Contribution to the panel: Normative theories of digital journalism. Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA): Puerto Rico (2015, mei 21 - 2015, mei 25).
I. Awad (2015). What is really new in today’s news? The need to redefine neoliberalism in journalism studies. 2nd conference: Media and Governance in Latin America: Exploring the Role of Communication for Developmen: University of Sheffield (2015, juni 25 - 2015, juni 26).
I. Awad, L. Hermans, N. Drok & B.C.M. Kester (2015). Journalistic values across generations: Comparing practitioners and journalism students in the Netherlands. Future of Journalism conference: Cardiff University (2015, september 10 - 2015, september 11).
J.C. van Sterkenburg, J. Engelbert & I. Awad (2015). Organizer of international conference - ECREA section Media Migration and Diaspora.
I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2014). Communication equality in promotional times: New challenges for media literacy. Bi-annual conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): Lisbon (2014, november 12 - 2014, november 15).
J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2014). The mediated politics of migration and risk management. Meaning of Migration Conference: Cardiff University, Cardiff (UK) (2014, april 17 - 2014, april 17).
I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity. Multiculturalism: Where do we go from here? (hosted by ECREA’s Diaspora, Media & Migration section): University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) (2014, maart 28 - 2014, maart 29).
I. Awad (2014). Can journalists and poor people have a say? A blind spot in the sociology of news. Conference “The Unlovable Press. Conversations with Michael Schudson": University of Groningen (2014, juni 16 - 2014, juni 16).
I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2014). Poor women’s struggle for housing in the neoliberal South: The role of the media. Annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA): Chicago (2014, mei 21 - 2014, mei 24).
I. Awad (2014). Neoliberalism in journalism studies: Beyond the news of economics and the economics of news. 2nd conference Media and Governance in Latin America: Exploring the Role of Communication for Development: University of Sheffield (2014, mei 13 - 2014, mei 14).
I. Awad (2013). Neoliberalism and the marketing of misery: News from Chile’s 'largest ghetto'. Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap: Rotterdam (2013, februari 7 - 2013, februari 8).
I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2013). From the slum to the university classroom: Media training to fight poverty in neoliberal Chile. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) (Media Education Research Section): Dublin (2013, juni 25 - 2013, juni 29).
I. Awad (2012). Understanding media from the perspective of audiences. Summer School 2012 of the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS): University of Groningen (2012, juni 29 - 2012, juni 29).
I. Awad (2012). The new newsworthiness of poverty: Neoliberal news for non-neoliberal purposes. Conference: the Future of Journalism: Cardiff, UK (2012, september 12 - 2012, september 13).
J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2011). Public service broadcasting, (re-)pillarisation and social inclusion. Uitsluitend Emancipatie: Amsterdam (2011, oktober 14 - 2011, oktober 15).
I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2011). Between diversity and pluriformity: The `new style' of Dutch public broadcasting. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference: Istanbul (2011, juli 13 - 2011, juli 17).
I. Awad (2011). Desperately constructing ethnic audiences: Anti-immigration discourses and minority audience research in the Netherlands. International Communication Association (ICA) conference: Boston, USA (2011, mei 25 - 2011, mei 31).
I. Awad (2010). Critical multiculturalism and deliberative democracy: Opening spaces for more inclusive communication. ECREA's 3rd European Communication Conference: Hamburg (2010, oktober 12 - 2010, oktober 18).
I. Awad (2010). The exclusions of professional diversity. News and inclusion: Journalism and the Politics of Diversity Conference: Stanford (2010, februari 26 - 2010, maart 6).
I. Awad (2009). From minority to cross-cultural programs: Examining shifts in PSB approaches to cultural diversity. Presentation at the Working Group on European Public Broadcasting Policies sessions of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference: Mexico City (2009, juli 21 - 2009, juli 24).
I. Awad (2009). Promoting minority representation or selling minority audiences? The case of the Netherlands. presentation at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) workshop Diasporas, Migration and Media: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions: Utrecht (2009, november 6 - 2009, november 7).