Valentina Bau

Senior Lecturer

I conduct research on the application of Communication for Development in Peacebuilding with a focus on realities affected by violent conflict. I explore and evaluate new communication for development approaches that employ different media and communication channels to contribute to social change and sustainable peace in the aftermath of (or during) violence. I also look at the application of communication for development for citizen engagement and youth participation in governance and peacebuilding. My more recent work has begun to explore the use of Communication for Development in the context of crisis response interventions, with the aim of developing new frameworks that can link the implementation of applied research with the production of theoretical knowledge, whose translation can inform practice. I collaborate with UNICEF and other international NGOs on different projects related to Communication for Development and media for peace.

My PhD has looked the ways in which participatory media can be used as storytelling tools to share experiences of war among hostile communities in the aftermath of a civil war, and how sharing stories through the media can facilitate healing and reconciliation. As part of my doctorate project, I worked on the evaluation of two participatory media activities implemented in Kenya in the aftermath of the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence. I assessed the impact of these projects in relation to ethnic reconciliation between and among communities in specific areas of the Rift Valley, where I spent three months interviewing both victims and perpetrators of the 2007/2008 conflict who have been in contact with these media productions.

More generally, I am also interested in looking at the different ways communication can be used in development contexts (particularly in post-conflict settings), as well as in understanding the impact that an introduction to the use of the media has on communities living in extreme poverty. 

Prior to the start of my academic career, I have worked as an international development professional for various non-governmental organisations, government departments and the United Nations, both in Head Offices and in Country Offices in African settings. 

I am available to supervise PhD projects in the following areas:
- Communication for Development
- Communication for Social Change
- Communication and Media for Peace
- Community and Alternative Media
- The Media in the Global South
- Health Communication.

To find out more about my research and publications, visit my research profile page.

Subject areas

Publications

Book Chapters
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Calandro E; Baú V, 2019, 'Digital Media and Information Rights', in Hobbs R; Mihailidis P (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy, Wiley-Blackwell, Boston
2019
Baú V, 2019, 'Re-designing the Media in Humanitarian Interventions. Communicating with communities at times of crisis', in Shaw I; Selvarajah S (ed.), Media, Human Rights and Conflicts: Reporting human rights in times of conflict, London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 67 - 81
2019
Baú V, 2014, 'Communities and Media in the Aftermath of Conflict: participatory productions for reconciliation and peace', in Cultivating Peace: contexts, practices and multidimensional models, Cambridge University Press, pp. 266 - 282, http://assets.cambridge.org/97811070/53618/toc/9781107053618_toc.pdf
2014
Baú V, 2014, 'Video Technology and Participatory Approaches to Peace – From technological determinism to self-empowerment and social change. An experience from Kenya', in Technological Determinism and Social Change: communication in a tech-mad world, Lexington Books, pp. 243 - 258
2014
Conference Presentations
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Baú V, 2019, 'Indymedia: time to take stock. Lessons from the IMC experience of Australia', presented at Baú, V. (2019) Indymedia: time to take stock. Lessons from the IMC experience of Australia, paper presented at the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) Conference, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 07 - 11 July 2019
2019
Baú V, 2019, 'Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Italian Media. Reflections on narrative and representation', presented at The Migration Conference, University of Bari, Italy, 18 - 20 June 2019
2019
Baú V, 2018, 'Radio, Conflict and Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone. Communicating rights and preventing violence through drama', presented at IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) Conference, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 16 July 2017 - 20 July 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750635218789434
2018
Baú V, 2016, 'Communicating for Peace through Art - Using art and communication for development to work with internally-displaced adolescents in Mindanao', presented at IPRA (International Peace Research Association) Conference, University of Freetown, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 27 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Baú V, 2016, 'Citizen engagement in peacebuilding: A communication for development approach to rebuilding peace from the bottom-up', Vol. 16, pp. 348 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464993416663052
2016
Baú V, 2016, 'Breaking the Conflict Cycle Working with Young African Diasporas in Sydney? Redressing assumptions and reassessing the use of participatory photography', presented at Diasporas in Action, University of Melbourne, Australia, 26 September 2016 - 27 September 2016
2016
Baú V, 2015, 'Gender and Peacebuilding. A communication for development approach to promote an equal and inclusive process', presented at ACFID (Australia Council for International Development) University Network Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 04 June 2015 - 05 June 2015
2015
Baú V, 2014, 'Creating Dialogue through Images: participatory photography for peace', presented at IPRA (International Peace Research Association) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 10 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
2014
Baú V, 2014, 'Communication for Development in Peacebuilding. Identifying research directions for an emerging paradigm', presented at Ørecomm Conference, Malmo, Sweden, 17 September 2014 - 20 September 2014
2014
Baú V, 2013, 'Video Technologies and Participatory Approaches for Sustainable Peace. Tackling conflict through social change communication', presented at ICA (International Communication Association) Conference, London, UK, 17 June 2013 - 21 June 2013
2013
Baú V, 2013, 'A new Role for Communication for Social Change in Conflict Transformation. Using participatory video to restore peace', presented at IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research), Dublin, Ireland, 25 June 2013 - 29 June 2013
2013
Harris, U. ; Baú V, 2013, 'Participatory Media Workshop', presented at ACFID (Australia Council for International Development) University Network Conference, Sydney, Australia, 21 November 2013 - 22 November 2013
2013
Baú V, 2012, 'Communities and Media in the Aftermath of Conflict - Participatory productions for reconciliation and peace', presented at Cultivating Peace Conference, Armidale, Australia, 17 May 2012 - 19 May 2013
2012
Baú V, 2010, 'Mourning and Healing through the Media: participatory productions in post-conflict settings', presented at Panic and Mourning - Graduate Conference in Culture Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, 28 October 2010 - 29 October 2010
2010
Baú V, 2009, 'Shaping the Content – A critical evaluation of the role of media relations and its function in liberal democratic societies', presented at Southern Africa Communication Association (SACOMM) Conference, 16 September 2009 - 18 September 2009
2009
Baú V, 'Indymedia: time to take stock. Lessons from the IMC experience of Australia', presented at Baú, V. (2019) Indymedia: time to take stock. Lessons from the IMC experience of Australia, paper presented at the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) Conference, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 07 July 2019 - 11 July 2019
Baú V, 'Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Italian Media. Reflections on narrative and representation', presented at The Migration Conference, University of Bari, Italy, 18 June 2019 - 20 June 2019
Conference Proceedings (Editor of)
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Brimacombe T; Baú V, (eds.), 2017, 'Media Approaches to Communicating for Development', UNSW Australia, University of Sydney, presented at Communication for Development Roundtable, 13 June 2017, University of Sydney, 13 - 13 June 2017,
2017
Brimacombe T; Baú V, (eds.), 2015, 'Communication for Development Approaches in the Australian NGO Sector and Academia', Communication for Development Approaches in the Australian NGO Sector and Academia - Pre-conference to the Australia Council For International Development (ACFID) University Network Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Communication for Development Approaches in the Australian NGO Sector and Academia - Pre-conference to the Australia Council For International Development (ACFID) University Network Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 03 - 03 June 2015,
2015
Journal articles
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Baú V, 2019, 'Building a Combined Framework of Analysis to Understand Displaced Adolescents’ Communication through Art', SAGE Research Methods Cases, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526484208
2019
Baú V, 2018, 'Media, Participation and Healing: community-led content to overcome the trauma of conflict', Online Journal of Art & Design (OJAD), vol. 6, pp. 61 - 81, http://www.adjournal.net/articles/62/625.pdf
2018
Baú V, 2018, 'Radio, Conflict and Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone. Communicating rights and preventing violence through drama', Media, War and Conflict, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750635218789434
2018
Baú V, 2018, 'Participatory Communication, Theatre and Peace: Performance as a Tool for Change at the End of Conflict', Communicatio, vol. 44, pp. 34 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2018.1443484
2018
Baú V, 2018, 'Leaving the camps behind: the role of Development Communication in refugee-host integration', Communication Research and Practice, vol. 4, pp. 361 - 374,
2018
Baú V, 2018, 'Leaving the camps behind: the role of Development Communication in refugee-host integration', Communication Research and Practice, vol. 4, pp. 361 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/22041451.2018.1431865
2018
Baú V, 2018, 'Breaking the Conflict Cycle, Building Peaceful Communities: Participatory Photography and Storytelling With African Diasporas in Sydney', Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 42, pp. 423 - 443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0196859918784972
2018
Baú V, 2017, 'Art, Development and Peace Working with Adolescents Living in Internally Displaced People's Camps in Mindanao', Journal of International Development, vol. 29, pp. 948 - 960, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.3280
2017
Baú V, 2017, 'Evaluating the Use of Communication for Development in Conflict Interventions', Commons. Comunicación y Ciudadanía Digital, vol. 6, pp. 96 - 112, http://revistas.uca.es/index.php/cayp/article/view/3292
2017
Baú V, 2016, 'A narrative approach in evaluation: “Narratives of Change” method', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 16, pp. 374 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-08-2015-0072
2016
Baú V, 2016, 'Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: a communication for development approach to rebuilding peace from the bottom-up', Progress in Development Studies, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464993416663052
2016
Baú V, 2016, 'Waving the flag for development communication: Why there is still hope for communication research', International Communication Gazette, vol. 78, pp. 711 - 715, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748048516655733
2016
Baú V, 2015, 'Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on research and evaluation for an emerging field', Critical Arts, vol. 29, pp. 801 - 817, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2015.1151115
2015
Baú V, 2015, 'Participatory Photography for Peace. Using images to open up dialogue after violence', Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, vol. Vol.10, pp. 74 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15423166.2015.1050798
2015
Baú V, 2015, 'Building peace through social change communication: Participatory video in conflictaffected communities', Community Development Journal, vol. 50, pp. 121 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsu025
2015
Baú V, 2014, 'Telling Stories of War through the Screen. Participatory video approaches and practice to bring peace in conflict-affected contexts', Conflict & Communication Online, vol. Vol.13, pp. 1 - 9, http://www.cco.regener-online.de/2014_1/pdf/ba%C3%BA.pdf
2014
Harris, U. ; Baú V, 2014, 'Harnessing Participatory Media Technology for Community Development: choices and implications for practitioners', Development Bulletin, vol. Vol.76, pp. 31 - 34, https://crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/devnet/db-76.pdf
2014
Baú V, 2013, 'Stories in Reconciliation: Reflections on Community Participation for Restoring Relationships and Transforming Conflict', Peace Studies Journal, vol. 6, pp. 42 - 57, http://peacestudiesjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PSJ-Vol-6-Issue-2-2013.pdf
2013
Baú V, 2010, 'Media and conflict in Sierra Leone: national and international perspectives of the civil war', Global Media Journal – African Edition, vol. Vol.4, pp. 20 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.5789/4-1-10
2010
Baú V, 2009, 'Media and Communication for Gender and Development', Southern African Media Diversity Journal, vol. Vol.6, pp. 170 - 174
2009
Media
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Baú V, 2018, Communicating with Communities during Conflict. “Mediated” avenues to inform those in needs, https://www.peaceinsight.org/blog/2018/04/communicating-communities-during-conflict/
2018
Baú V, 2013, Peace Initiatives on the Sotik/Borabu border in Kenya, https://www.peaceinsight.org/blog/2013/01/peacebuilding-south-rift-valley-kenya/
2013
Other
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Baú V, 2016, Using Participatory Photography for Peace. A short guide for practitioners, Search for Common Ground, Washington DC, http://www.dmeforpeace.org/resource/using-participatory-photography-for-peace-a-short-guide-for-practitioners/
2016
Baú V, 2015, Gender and Peace after 2015… and why communication should be more than a cross cutting approach, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), Toronto, http://cdn.agilitycms.com/wacc-global/Images/Galleries/RESOURCES/MD/2015-2/2-2015.4.Gender-and-peace-after-2015.pdf
2015
Baú V, 2014, Evaluating the Impact of Participatory Media for Conflict Transformation, Search for Common Ground, Washington DC, http://www.dmeforpeace.org/resource/evaluating-the-impact-of-participatory-media-for-conflict-transformation/
2014
Baú V, 2014, Transforming Conflict into Peace, Oxford University Press, Oxford, http://blog.oup.com/2014/08/social-change-peace
2014
Baú V, 2013, My ICA2013. Navigating the London conference in a quest for Development Communication…and beyond, Malmö University, Malmö, https://glocaltimes.mah.se/index.php/gt/article/view/212/211
2013
Baú V, 2009, Media relations and democracy - An analysis of communication through media relations practice and its role in liberal democratic societies, Civicus, South Africa, http://www.civicus.org/media/Media-Relations-and-Democracy.pdf
2009