Josepha Wessels

  • Senior Lecturer

Josepha (Joshka) Wessels is a Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Faculty of Culture and Society. She teaches for the MA degree course on Communication for Development (ComDev) and is currently carrying out two Swedish Research Council-funded research projects on 1) Resilience in Urban Sudan and 2) Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden. She is in the final stages of an ethnographic film project, with support from the Crafoord Foundation, documenting life histories of Syrian refugees over a period of 20 years. In 2019, she published a landmark book on the history of Syrian Documentary cinema and video activism with IB Tauris/Bloomsbury UK. 

She has a MA in Visual Ethnography from Leiden University (1996) and a PhD in Human Geography/Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2008) and has carried out postdoctoral research at Lund University on and the University of Copenhagen between 2011 and 2016. Besides her academic career, she has run her own environmental documentary production company for over 10 years between 2002 and 2012 producing over 10 broadcast films for the Earth Report Series at BBC World and Al Jazeera English and several filmed commissioned by internationals NGOs, UN organisations and the EU. 

Her work has been published in The Conversation, Open Democracy, the Middle East Institute, the Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research,  Cyber Orient – Online Journal of the Virtual

Middle East and Islamic World,  the Middle-East Journal of Culture & Communication, Middle-East Critique, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Hydrological Sciences Journal, and the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

ORCID: 0000-0003-2682-035X

IUR Research Projects


These publications are authored or co-authored by Josepha Wessels.
Publications are gathered from Malmö University publication service (DiVA).

Title Type Issued
Subversive documentary cinema and people in concert prior… book 2023
Research Film Resilience in Urban Sudan 2022 motion_picture 2022
Transitional Justice for Syrians in Sweden, why many… paper-conference 2022
Syrian Families in Flux : a longitudinal study… book 2022
Sustainable Sudan : documenting the past and visioning… speech 2022
Sustainability and climate change resilience in urban Sudan… paper-conference 2022
Spatialised visual stories of climate change impact in… speech 2022
Spatialised visual stories of climate change impact in… speech 2022
Revolutionary Video Activism in and from Syria speech 2022
Resilience in Urban Sudan : participatory story-mapping and… speech 2022
A sense of presence : empathic ethnographic encounter… book 2022
Research on Climate Change in Sudan at Malmö… speech 2022
Participatory visual and immersive methods: show and tell speech 2022
Graffiti and Mural Arts for Visions of Sustainable… speech 2022
A sense of Presence; visual ethnography using immersive… speech 2022
A Visit to Sällbo : JPI Urban Europe… motion_picture 2022
Oud, Qanoun and Darbukkah : the meaning of… paper-conference 2022
Families in Flux : a longitudinal study of… paper-conference 2022
Graffiti and Mural Arts for Visions of Sustainable… report 2022
Keynote Speech - Street Art and Graffiti in… speech 2022
Killing the dispensables : massacres perpetrated in the… article-journal 2022
Multimodal data collection to document graffiti of the… paper-conference 2022
On capturing human agency and methodological interdisciplinarity in… article-journal 2022
Cosmopolitanism, Activism and Arab Documentary Film article-journal 2020
Our dream is simple Peace, safe and freedom… article-journal 2020
Documenting Syria : Filmmaking, video activism and revolution book 2019
Messianic “Masquerades of War” in the Middle-East book 2012
Only a comprehensive arms trade embargo and an… book 2012
Syria goes deeper into the abyss and the… book 2012