Department of Sociology

Dr ZL Jansen

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6301


  • MSocSci (UND)
  • PhD (WITS)

Fields of academic interests

  • Political economy of global information and news flows
  • Press & broadcast media in South Africa
  • Global media organisations and globalization



Book Chapters:

Ethics in field research in a society undergoing transition: the case of community-radio development in South Africa, in Szarycz, G.S.  2010.  In troubled waters: Navigating through the unexpected challenges and dilemmas of social research, New York: Cambria Press.

Journal articles

Jansen, J.L. 2010. Innovations in technology and the online learning environment: A case study of inter-university collaboration, (2010), in ESSACHESS, Revue Interdisciplinaire de Sciences Humaines et Sociales, Vol. 3, 1, (5)/2010. Institutul European.


A critical political economy of media in the 21st century, (2011)

Globalisation and revisiting ‘imbalances in news flows’ media debates (2011)

Paper presentations

- A critical political economy of media organisations in the 21st century, at the International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th-17th July, 2010 .

- The postmodern world of new knowledge constructs and information imbalances, at the ISA World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th-17th July, 2010.

- Developing a ‘media sociology culture’ for South Africa, at the South African Sociological Association (SASA) Congress, East London, 15th June 2010.

- Online Learning and the virtual classroom: A case study of South–North collaboration at Higher Education Institutions, at the Pan-African University School of Media & Communication (SMC), Lagos, Nigeria, August, 23rd -27th Aug, 2009.

- News agencies and news exchange in South Africa, at ISA First Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain, 5th-8th Sept, 2008.

- Imbalances in global news flows and information exchanges revisited, at the ISA XIV World Congress, Durban (ICC), 23rd-29th July, 2006.

- International news flows and news exchange agencies: a contested terrain of information sharing and agenda-setting, at the ‘Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations’ International Conference, Moscow, Federation of Russia, June 2004.

- Global news trends in the North and South: A comparative focus, at the Centre for Social Science Studies Calcutta, India, Dec. 2004.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

International Sociological Association, 2008-2011

South African Sociological Association, 1994-2003, 2005-2007, 2010, council member 2007, SACOMM (South African Communication), 2007

(Subscribes): IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research)

Editorial Board Member:

Journal of Media and Communication Studies (JMCS),


Currently on R&D leave until 31/01/2019