Dr. Stefanie Pukallus


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Stef is a lecturer at the department and co-director of research at the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield. She read Public Administration and International Affairs for her BA and focused on both public and political communication in her postgraduate degrees. Her PhD was on the European Commission’s public communication of European citizenship since 1951. She is part of the international team of historians writing the third volume of the official European Commission history entitled The European Commission, 1986-2000: History and Memories’. Her chapter focuses on the European Commission’s public communication strategy and programmes, the monitoring and measuring of EU public opinion and the Spokesman’s Service. She is also part of the Oral History Team at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and was visiting research fellow at the Alcide de Gasperi Centre on the History of European integration at the EUI in 2017. Stef has also acted as a consultant for the European Commission on communicating a European civil narrative to European citizens. She has worked for both the press office and the bureau for public campaigns at the French Ministry of Economy. At the former she was responsible for press relations and at the latter she was involved in the development and public communication of various national campaigns.

Research interests

Stef’s research interests are twofold. She specialises in how the European Community has developed and publicly communicated civil values and policies since 1951 in an attempt to stimulate and facilitate the emergence of a European civil society. She is currently working on a research monograph entitled ‘The Building of Civil Europe 1951-1972’. In her CFOM role, Stef is currently developing a research strand that looks at the role of factual mass media in civil society building in post-conflict contexts. Together with Professor Harrison she is developing research on how the media contributes to civil norm building – this research will be tested in post-conflict contexts in a variety of African countries. She is also interested in comparative approaches to media freedom and how it is politically, culturally, legally, socially and institutionally challenged across the world. One aspect of this is research into the politics of impunity and into the scope, implementation and relevance of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity as regards local contexts.