About / À propos
Professor Zaharom (`Rom’) Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes. He joined UNMC in 2010, having taught Communication Studies for more than two decades in a Malaysian public university. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Communication Studies from Coventry University and the University of Leicester, England.
Zaharom Nain is Director of the Centre for the Study of Communications and Culture, and Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He has more than three decades of teaching and administrative experience, first in a public university, Universiti Sains Malaysia and, for the past eight years in UNMC. His academic background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media and has published widely and internationally in these areas.
He is currently President of the Malaysian Academic Movement (Gerak) and was Vice President of the Malaysian Social Science Association.
Also on the local front, Zaharom was the only academic on the national-level Creative Industries Advisory Council which was set up by the Malaysian Academy of Sciences to map out the future of the creative industries in Malaysia.
Internationally, he is the recipient of two Fulbright professorships – as a Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego in 1998-99, and as a Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Johnson State College, Vermont, in 2009. In 1995, he was also awarded a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) award and was based in Sophia University, Tokyo.
Currently, he leads the Malaysia side for two international research projects on the media and democracy; the first, organised and funded by the Reuters Institute at Oxford University, and the second, the Varieties of Democracy Project (VDem), hosted by University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is now finalising a co-edited volume on civil society and the new media in six Southeast Asian countries, the product of a two-year IDRC (Canada) funded project which he headed. The book, Regimes, Civil Society and the New Media in Southeast Asia, is slotted for publication in late 2018.
(Ver. PBe 01-2022)