List of contributors

Nur Kareclawati Abd Karim is Associate Professor in communication and media studies at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, where she is a founder of the Muslims in Creative Media Industries (MiCMI) Research Group. Nur is also a consultant and panellist of Media Ethics Think-Tank (METT) Qatar (2019), Content Moderation Forum for Astro All Asia Broadcast Centre and the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF).

Rowan Aust teaches film and television at the University of Huddersfield. She received her PhD in 2019 from Royal Holloway, London as part of the ADAPT Project (, a major television production study funded by the ERC. Prior to joining ADAPT she worked in television production within both the BBC and the independent sector, specialising in arts news and arts documentaries. She is part of Share My Telly Job, an industry-based group which works towards fairer working conditions in television production and is funded by the Screen Industries Growth Network at the University of York to research these conditions. She has published in Alphaville; View: Journal of European Television History and Culture-, The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media, eds. Jilly Boyce Kay, Cat Mahoney & Caitlin Shaw (McFarland, 2017) and Discourses of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society, eds. Amy Holdsworth, Karen Lury & Hannah Tweed (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Perelandra Beedies is a senior lecturer in television production management at Edge Hill University and was formerly a director and producer at the BBC. Her current research explores how workflow models in television production favour those without caregiving responsibilities.

Susan Berridge, PhD, is a lecturer in film and media at the University of Stirling. Her current research focuses on the gendered impact of caring responsibilities on experiences of working in film and television. She has recently published on this theme in Feminist Media Studies and European Journal of Cultural Studies. Previous research has explored representations of gender, age, sexuality and sexual violence in teen film and television and in popular culture more widely.

Alejandra Castano-Echevcrri, PhD, is a lecturer in film and media at the University of Antioquia, Colombia. She is a collaborator for the Audiovisual Cultures Studies Research Group at the University of Medellin. Most of her research focuses on issues of cultural work and production in relation to public policy and social justice.

Andres Correa-Gonzalez is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. His research is concerned with issues in audiovisual production, processes and environments; audience analysis; and social representations in cinema.

Tamsyn Dent is Research Fellow in the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) at King’s College London. Her research interests are on inequalities within creative working lives. She has previously undertaken research on the impact of motherhood on women’s career pathways in the UK’s creative media industries and the relationship between labour and care in the creative economy. She has taught in the media departments at both Bournemouth and Oxford Brookes University and has worked in collaboration with various UK industry institutions including Birds Eye View, Screen Skills (formerly Creative Skillset), Women in Film and TV and Raising Films. She is currently (2019-2021) involved in a Europe-wide, H2020-funded research project called DISCE: Developing inclusive and sustainable creative economies.

Susan Liddy, PhD, lectures in rhe Department of Media and Communication Studies, MIC, University of Limerick. She has published on various aspects of women’s experience in the screen industries and representations of older women. She is Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland and a board member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, Raising Films Ireland and Women in Film and Television International. Her recent publications include Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers (ed.) (Cork University' Press 2020) and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Susan is founder and co-director of Catalyst International Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland.

Sheree K. Gregory is a lecturer in human resources and management in the School of Business and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her research examines contemporary issues surrounding work/life, gender, leadership, barriers and policy debates. Sheree has completed research on motherhood and working life among actors in Australia (with Cathy Brigden); barriers to women’s participation in the cultural industries (with Deborah Stevenson); gender equality policy and female screen directors working in the USA, UK and Australia; and a national survey in collaboration with Deb

Verhoeven and film industry members on the challenges of working in screen-based production in Australia.

Maria Jansson holds a PhD in political science and is Professor of gender studies at Örebro University. Her research interests include feminist political theory, policies on motherhood, childcare and women’s working conditions, gender and cultural policy and feminist studies of health and security. She is currently working in the project Representing women: gendering Swedish film culture and production, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Among her recent publications are ‘Experiencing Male Dominance in Swedish Film Production’ (together with Louise Wallenberg), in Susan Liddy (ed.), Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (Palgrave, 2020) and ‘Studying Women in Swedish Film Production: Methodological Considerations’ (together with Frantzeska Papadopoulou, Ingrid Stigsdotter and Louise Wallenberg), Scandinavian Cinema Studies (in press).

Tsz Lam Ngai, also known as Natalie Ngai, is a doctoral student in communication and media at the University of Michigan. Ngai obtained a master of philosophy in multi-disciplinary gender studies from St. Edmund’s College, the University of Cambridge, where she held a full scholarship. Ngai’s research interests include feminist media studies and media history. Her latest project investigates cuteness in celebrity culture today and in history, covering child stars and pet influencers. Ngai’s reviews of books on cuteness appear in several academic journals, including Cultural Studies and Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Anne O’ Brien is Associate Professor with the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University. She has published on the representation of women in radio and television and on women workers in creative industries and has examined why women leave careers in screen production. Her most recent book is entitled Women, Inequality and Media Work (Routledge, 2019).

Viraj Suparsad holds a PhD in media studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interests relate to post-feminism, celebrity culture and gender in the global South. These interests culminated in his PhD project titled ‘Global Femininities: India, Bollywood Actresses and Postfeminism’. The project looks ar the importance of understanding and theorising the nuances of contemporary urban gender and social life outside of the West beyond the often widespread benchmarks on these issues stemming from the West.

Ganiyat Tijani-Adenlc lectures in journalism at Lagos State University School of Communication, Nigeria. She obtained her PhD in media, gender and communication from De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. She practised as a news editor in Voice of Nigeria before joining rhe academia. She is interested in gender studies, media and communication studies (especially production studies), as well as development and political communication. Her most recent work is ‘Freebies/Gifts and Giveaways for Journalists’ in The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, edited by T. P. Vos and F. Hanusch, 2019, pp. 1-4. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. doi:

Deb Verhoeven is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Prior to taking up a position in Canada she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In 2018, she authored, in collaboration with Sheree Gregory and film industry members, the eye-opening report Honey, I Hid the Kids! Experiences of parents and carers in the Australian Screen Industry. The report has resulted in a raft of innovative policy changes across the Australian screen industries.

Louise Wallenberg holds a PhD in cinema studies from Stockholm University, Sweden. Between 2007 and 2013 she was the establishing director at the Centre for Fashion Studies, and currently she is Professor of Fashion Studies in the Department of Media Studies at that same university. She has published on cinema, gender, sexuality and fashion and is currently writing a book on women film workers’ experiences in the Swedish film industry and co-editing two books: one on fashion ethics and aesthetics and one on Ingmar Bergman’s film work at the crossroads between theory and practice.

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