March 31, 2020
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The Project Team

Vivienne Francis, Project Director

Vivienne Francis, Project Media Consultant

Vivienne is a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism and Knowledge Exchange at London College of Communications. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the RSA.  She founded the Refugee Journalism Project in 2016.

Prior to joining academia, Vivienne worked as a producer with the BBC and as a print journalist. Her journalistic work has focused on issues such as deaths in custody, inequalities in the secondary education system and miscarriages of justice.  Vivienne also sits on the committee of the Association for Journalism Education, a body representing HE educators in in the UK and Ireland.


Veronica Otero, Project Assistant

Before joining the Refugee Journalism project, Veronica has worked at the Business and Innovation department at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), coordinating community engagement projects.

Prior to this Veronica has worked for over 10 years in the voluntary sector. She has been involved with many environmental and social justice campaigns, providing support and advocacy services to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, which included refugee and migrant people in various contexts and countries.

Veronica graduated with a first class honours from BA Hons in Photojournalism and Documentary photography from London College of Communication. Her documentary work focuses on culture, identity, environment, health and human rights.

“I’m committed to continuing this support through the Refugee Journalism Project.”



Emma Djilali, Contributor

Emma graduated from the MA Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies programme at King’s College London. Her dissertation considered the everyday experiences and temporal uncertainties of asylum seekers in London.

She previously lived in Tunisia for two years, working as a journalist and managing a grassroots project with women artisans. She has also worked/volunteered as a teacher and advocacy caseworker with refugee and migrant groups in Canada and in London.

Her current writing and research interests are centred on inclusive and critical knowledge production, particularly as it relates to questions of bordering and migration.


Brittany O’Neill, Contributor

A freelance journalist and final year undergraduate at LCC. I am currently volunteering on a small Greek island near the Turkish border for a non-profit organisation called Echo100plus.

Working on the ground to support refugees that have fled war-torn countries including Syria and Iraq can often be a challenge – but a very rewarding one.