Dr Hamza’s principal research interests are on citizenship as practice and identity in emerging societies such as that of the UAE. His principal teaching duties are postgraduate classes on Globalisation and Citizenship, Research Methods and Middle East society, as well as the undergraduate Islamic Culture (GEC).
Qualifications: BA, London University, MPhil, DPhil, Oxford University
Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-10
Telephone: +971 4 2781925
Dr William Smith is Associate Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Prior to joining the University Dr Smith was an Assistant Campus Dean, Program Director, Academic & Program Manager on academic level and Managing Director, Creative Director and Corporate Communications Manager on industry level.
Dr William Smith is Associate Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Prior to joining the University Dr Smith was an Assistant Campus Dean, Program Director, Academic & Program Manager on academic level and Managing Director, Creative Director and Corporate Communications Manager on industry level. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought from The European Graduate School in Switzerland and holds the title of ‘Antonin Artaud Fellow’ at The European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Dr Smith has extensive experiences in iterative design process, concept and launch for emerging media products and services, emerging media technology development, corporate identity development, brand and specialised product market positioning and innovation and creativity management.
He is teaching An Introduction to Philosophy to undergraduate students and Media & Communications to postgraduate students. His specialist teaching areas include Emerging Media Technology, Media Theory, Media Archaeology, Media & Philosophy, Media Innovation & Creativity, and Artificial Intelligence. He follows a student centred approach and believes in a blended and experiential learning experience.
Dr Smith’s research interests are Emerging Media Technology, Media Theory, Media Archaeology, Media & Philosophy, Media Innovation & Creativity and Artificial Intelligence.
Director/Producer. City Beat/Travel Unraveled. 2004-05, Shanghai Dragon TV, episodic program.
Director/Producer. Ayi-Five-0. 2005, Shanghai 10-minute short movie contest, comedy, digital video.
Writer/Director/Producer. Hambone Saved My Life. 2001, 30-minute, documentary, digital video.
Writer/Director/Producer. Berber Tribes in the Sahara. 2001, 26 minutes documentary, digital video.
Director of Cinematography. Shoot the Girl. 2000, 90-minute, Independent feature, 16mm & DV.
Writer/Director/Producer. Voyeurism. 2000, 17-minute, documentary, digital video.
Actor/Director. Bastards with Fathers. 1999-2000, Public Television, episodic comedy TV program.
Community Theatre Actor. Various Roles, 1994-99. Seattle, Washington.
Group Show. 1993, Performance Art Project at Memphis Museum of Art – PBS TV
Lead Actor. Maintenance Men. Performance Art at Memphis State University 1987
Dr Ajala’s research interests are Comparative politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Diaspora studies and multiculturalism with a particular focus on Muslims in Europe. Dr Ajala is keen to familiarise her students with key political science and international relations concepts, ensuring that they develop critical-thinking and rigorous analytic skills.
Qualifications: PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID); M.A, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID): Kyoto University International Education Programme Certificate , Kyoto University (Academic Exchange); Diplôme de Sciences Politiques, Grenoble Institute of Political Studies(IEPG)
Location: Knowledge Village Block 15, Office 217-A
Telephone: +971 4 278 1950
Dr Imène Ajala is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Advanced Topics in International Studies and Social Change and Development at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
She obtained her PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where she wrote a dissertation exploring Muslim communities’ perspectives on foreign policy in France and Great Britain.
Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Ajala held positions as Adjunct Lecturer at Webster University in Geneva, Adjunct Lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and as Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID). She was also a Project Manager working on the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters at the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Geneva (2014-2015).
In 2015, she was selected by the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to complete an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on the theme of “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security”.
Dr Ajala’s research interests are Comparative politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Diaspora studies and multiculturalism with a particular focus on Muslims in Europe.
Her recent publications include:
2016. With Francesco Candino and Linda Fouad. “Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Perspectives from Islamic Organizations in France and Great Britain” S&F Sicherheit und Frieden- S&F Security and Peace 34 (4): 263 – 269.
2014. “Muslims in Europe after 9/11: Securitization, Identities and Loyalties”. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 34, No. 2-3 April 2014, pp. 123-133.
2013. “French Muslim communities and debating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: mobilization and narratives”. French Politics, Vol. 11(3): pp. 259-271.
2012. “Mobilizing in Different Political Opportunity Structures: the cases of French and British Muslims”. Air & Space Power Journal-Africa & Francophonie edition, 1st Quarter: 48-84.
2011. “The Muslim vote and Muslim lobby in France: Myths and Realities”. Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 12 (2): 77-93.
Dr Firoz’s research interests include media, society and culture; the social and cultural implications of ‘New media’; media effects, media education and media literacy. He is currently working on two publications on the subjects of mass communication and television in India.
Qualifications: PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-15
Telephone: +971 4 2781931
Dr Firoz is an Associate Professor in Media and Communications at UOWD. Prior to this he was Head of the Department and Chair of the Research Studies Committee at Bayan College Muscat (affiliated with Purdue University, Calumet, Indiana, USA).
Dr Firoz obtained a PhD in Sociology of Mass Media from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. Prior to Bayan College Muscat, he worked at Manipal University, Dubai, as Head of Department and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication.
Dr Firoz’s research interests include media, society and culture; social and cultural implications of ‘New media’; media effects, media education and media literacy. He has acted as a research associate on the Ford Foundation-funded project ‘Satellites over South Asia: Broadcasting, Culture and the Public Interest’, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex School of Social Sciences. He also worked as a research consultant on the Nordic Consulting Group (Denmark) – UNDP project, ‘Support to Cross-Boundary Media Initiatives in South Asia - Promoting Peace and Stability’.
He is currently engaged in editing a volume on Media, Identity and Culture and simultaneously working on two individual publication projects, ‘Mass Communication: Themes and Perspectives’ and ‘Television in India: A Cultural Journey’.
Dr Firoz is a professional member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore.
Dr Koshy’s research interests include assessment practices in higher education, consumer behaviour studies and methods of improving communication. Dr Koshy's teaching subjects include Business Communication, General Management and Marketing.
Qualifications: BA, MA, TESOL, Trinity College, London, CBM, MSM, University of Wollongong in Dubai, PhD, University of Kerala
Location: Block 5, Floor 1, Room 1-38
Telephone: +971 4 2781934
Dr Koshy is an Associate Professor in Arts and Humanities at UOWD and an award winning teacher and researcher who specialises in innovative assessment design.
Dr Koshy has degrees in English Language and Literature, Business Management, Marketing and TESOL and she was top graduating student. Her research also covers diverse areas in Arts and the Social Sciences including comparative literature, journalism, marketing and pedagogy. She is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning- UOW, Teaching Excellence awards from UOWD, ITC award for Leadership, awards for Best Assessment Design (Association for Business Communication), Innovation award UOWD (finalist), Service award as Chair, Library Committee UOWD and Best paper awards for research.
She is also committed to student mentoring and organises and trains students for speaking and debate competitions.