Dr. Amira Halperin

Deputy Director of Institute for Mobile Studies, Assistant Professor in Mobile Studies

International Communications / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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MA (International Journalism, University of Westminster, London, UK)

PhD (Communication and Media, University of Westminster, London, UK)


Dr. Halperin is an expert of mobile studies and immigration. She has been researching the use of media, with focus on mobile phones, by refugees, working from a community base and using participatory methodology and an interdisciplinary approach. She has conducted her research in United Kingdom and Canada. Her current research interests focus on mobile phones and immigration in East Asia.

Amira conducted pioneering research on the impact of the new media on the Palestinian community, both in the Middle East and in the Diaspora. In 2018, her book: ‘The Use of New Media by the Palestinian Diaspora in the United Kingdom’, was published, and has been reviewed as a breakthrough research.

Amira worked as an Investigative Journalist and Television Reporter. The highlight of this route was her work on BBC ‘Panorama’ – the longest running current affairs program.


Undergraduate 2021-2022

Global media and Communication

Mobile Studies and Global Societies

BA and MA Dissertation Coordinator

Postgraduate 2020-2021

Media and Communication Research Methods 1

Research interests

  • Smart Phones
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Journalism
  • Migration; Refugees
  • Cybersecurity in the Media


Halperin, A. Mobile Phones and Digital Migrants in the 21st Century. McGill-Queen's University Press. In process.

Halperin, A and Xu, X. (eds.) Mapping, Measuring and Modelling Mobility: A Global Comparison. In process.

Halperin. A. ‘How Media Technologies Help Refugees Cope with Global Crises: The Case Study of the COVID-19 Pandemic’. In Metropolis E-Book: Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada’s Commitment to Immigration, volume 2: pp. 16-31, The Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, 2020.

Halperin, A. The Use of New Media by the Palestinian Diaspora in the United Kingdom. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018

Available here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-use-of-new-media-by-the-palestinian-diaspora-in-the-united-kingdom

Halperin, A. 'The Use of New Media by the UK's Palestinian Diaspora', in Ogunyemi, O. (ed.) Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 218:235.

Baser, B. and Halperin, A. (eds.) 'Diasporas from the Middle East: Displacement, Transnational Identities and Homeland Politics'. Special issue, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Taylor and Francis, 46 (2) 2019.

The 5th most read article in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (as of 27 Sept 2021). The article is available at this link.

Recent Presentations


The Migration Conference 2021, London, United Kingdom. Institute for Mobile Studies, UNNC, Special Roundtable: “Mobile Technologies and Human Mobility.”

Metropolis Conference, Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada's Commitment to Immigration, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. "Integration of Refugees to Canada: Cyber Security, Fake News and Disinformation". Workshop Leader, 2020.

The Migration Conference, Bari, Italy. Plenary Session: “Technology and People on the Move”, 2019

International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Canada. “Immigrants, Media, and Technology”. Workshop Leader, 2019.

Canadian Sociological Association, The Congress, Vancouver, BC. “Communities, Networks, and Relationships in the Internet Age”, 2019.

Canadian Communication Association Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, BC. “Digital Technology, Culture and Identities”, 2019.

UBC Migration Talk, Liu Institute for Global Issues. “Integration of Middle Eastern Migrants to Canada through Media, Information and Communication Technologies”, 2019.