Professor Zaharom (`Rom') Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).  Rom's publications include the 2013 book, Rhetoric and Realities: Critical Reflections on Malaysian Politics, Culture and Education (SIRD) and two co-edited volumes, Communication and Development: The Freirean Connection (Hampton: 2001) and Who Owns The Media: Global Trends and Local Resistances (Zed/Southbound: 2004). He has also authored more than 100 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He is on the advisory board of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia, and has been a consultant to the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).His background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media. Rom is presently putting together a single author book on the media and politics in Malaysia, to be published in 2016. Also slotted for publication in 2016 is an edited volume of a six-nation study he led on the relationship between civil society, the new media and the state in Southeast Asia.

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