UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Babak Bahador

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Media and Communications



Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 92056

Office: Locke Building (English) 613

Fields of Research

  • Media, peace and conflict
  • Public opinion, propaganda and media effects
  • Public diplomacy
  • International relations theory, globalization
  • Foreign policy analysis

Researcher Summary

I primarily research the overlap between international relations and media/communications.  Some specific topics of  recent research projects include the CNN effect, media framing during conflict, peace and reconciliation, and citizen journalism during conflict/crisis.  I also conduct some research on media and democracy, especially in relation to elections.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Key Methodologies

  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Bahador B. (2016) Media, Conflict and Peace. In Kemp G; Bahador B; McMillan K; Rudd C (Ed.), Politics and the Media, 2nd Ed. (Second ed.): 121-136. Auckland: Auckland University Press. (Chapters)
  • Kemp G; Bahador B; McMillan K; Rudd C (Ed.) Kemp G., Bahador B., McMillan K. and Rudd C. (Ed.) (2016) Politics and the Media. (2nd ed.) Auckland: Auckland University Press. 360. (Edited Volumes)
  • Bahador B. (2015) Can Mobile Phones Assist Conflict Prevention And Peace Building. New Orleans, LA, USA: 56th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), 18-21 Feb 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2015) The Media and Deconstruction of the Enemy Image. In Hoffmann J; Hawkins V (Ed.), Communication and Peace: Mapping an emerging field: 120-132. New York: Routledge. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. and Hawkins V. (2014) Framing African Democracy: Does Media Coverage Match the Reality? Toronto, Canada: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 25-29 Mar 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2013) Reconciliation through the Media. Osaka University, Osaka, Japan: Communication and Peace: Charting an Emerging Field, 16-17 Dec 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2013) Re-Imagining the Other: How Images of Former Adversaries Change During Successful Peace Processes. San Francisco, CA, USA: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 3-6 Apr 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2013) Media, Conflict and Peace. In Bahador B; Kemp G; McMillan K; Rudd C (Ed.), Politics and the Media: 119-131. Auckland: Pearson. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. (2013) Media, Foreign Policy and International Affairs. In Bahador B; Kemp G; McMillan K; Rudd C (Ed.), Politics and the Media: 105-118. Auckland: Pearson. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. (2013) The State and Propaganda. In Bahador B; Kemp G; McMillan K; Rudd C (Ed.), Politics and the Media: 48-61. Auckland: Pearson. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. and Livingston S. (2013) 21st Century Reporting: From Institutions to Networked Crowds. London, UK: Media, War & Conflict Journal: Fifth Anniversary Conference, 10-11 Apr 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B., Kemp G., McMillan K. and Rudd C. (Ed.) (2013) Politics and the Media. Auckland: Pearson. 285pp. (Edited Volumes)
  • Bahador B. (2012) Enemy Images, Peace and Reconciliation. San Diego, CA, USA: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 31 Mar-4 Apr 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2012) Rehumanizing Enemy Images: Media Framing from War to Peace. In Korostelina KV (Ed.), Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity and Justice: 195-211. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. and Moses J. (2012) Framing the Iraq War: How Events Changed the Frames Used to Justify the War. San Diego, CA, USA: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 31 Mar-4 Apr 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. and Walker S. (2012) Did the Iraq war have a body bag effect? American Review of Politics 33(Fall/Winter): 247-270. (Journal Articles)
  • Bahador B. (2011) Mapping the Enemy Image through Different Conflict Stages. Montreal, Canada: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 16-19 Mar 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Moses J., Bahador B. and Wright T. (2011) The Iraq War and the Responsibility to Protect: Uses, Abuses and Consequences for the Future of Humanitarian Intervention. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 5(4): 347-367. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2011.595606. (Journal Articles)
  • Bahador B. (2010) Conflict prevention, reconciliation and mass media framing. Sydney, Australia: International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Conference 2010, 6-10 Jul 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2010) Did the War on Terror End the CNN Effect. New Orleans, LA, USA: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 17-20 Feb 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2010) Sarah Maltby and Richard Keeble (Ed.), Communicating War: Memory, media and military. Bury St Edmunds: Arima Publishing, 2007; 215pp. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 7(4): 58-59. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Bahador B. (2010) 2008: Media coverage of the election. In Levine S; Roberts NS (Ed.), Key to Victory: The New Zealand General Election of 2008: 151-168. Wellington: Victoria University Press. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B., Moses J. and Wright T. (2010) Justifying War: The case for Iraq. New Orleans, LA, USA: 2010 International Studies Association Annual Convention, 17-20 Feb 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Tng S. and Bahador B. (2010) The changing role of the citizen in conflict reporting. Pacific Journalism Review 16(2): 178-194. (Journal Articles)
  • Bahador B. (2009) Policy Certainty and the CNN Effect. Toronto, Canada: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 3-6 Sep 2009 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2009) The Myth of Policy Uncertainty. New York, NY, USA: ISA Annual Convention 2009, 15-18 Feb 2009 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2008) Framing the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War. San Francisco, CA, USA: International Studies Association Annual Conference, 26-29 Mar 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2007) Did the CNN Effect Influence Policy during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War? Chicago, IL USA: American Political Science Association Annual Conference, 30 Aug-2 Sep 2007 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2007) Did the Impediment CNN Effect Change US Policy in Iraq? Chicago, IL USA: 48th Annual International Studies Association Annual Conference, 28 Feb-3 Mar 2007 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2007) The CNN Effect in Action: How the News Media Pushed the West toward War in Kosovo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 260pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230604223. (Authored Books)
  • Bahador B. (2006) The CNN Effect and Western Policy before the Kosovo Intervention. Philadelphia, PA, USA: American Political Science Association Annual Conference, 31 Aug-3 Sep 2006 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2005) The Impact of Globalization on War: The CNN Effect and Western Policy before the Kosovo Intervention. London, UK. London School of Economics and Political Science. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Bahador B. (2005) Was the Bodybag Effect a Factor in Iraq? Honolulu, HI, USA: International Studies Association 46th Annual Convention, 1 Mar 2005 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2004) The CNN Effect and Western Policy Before the Kosovo Intervention. Montreal, Canada: International Studies Association 45th Annual Convention, 17 Mar 2004 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2003) The CNN Effect on Western Policy Before the Kosovo Intervention. Halifax, Canada: Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Annual Conference, 30 May 2003 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Bahador B. (2003) The Establishment of the Lesser Peace. In Bahador B; Ghanea N (Ed.), Processes of the Lesser Peace: 46-78. Oxford: George Ronald. (Chapters)
  • Bahador B. (2000) The Impact of Globalization on Inter-State War. Los Angeles, CA, USA: International Studies Association 41st Annual Convention, 14 Mar 2000 (Conference Contributions - Other)