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Dr Geff Green

Dr Geff Green

Deputy Head of Department - Media Arts and Communication



Before joining the Communication Studies team at SHU in 1997, Geff completed an Arts Foundation course, worked as a musician and performer for 5 years and taught English in Indonesia for nearly 3 years. He later studied History of Art Design and Film, developing an interest in the potentialities of multimedia and the early World Wide Web. He went on to design, programme and maintain professional multimedia applications, as a freelancer, eventually joining Epic Media Group PLC in Brighton. His PhD examined the birth of modern forms of tourist art in the contact zones of colonial Bali with a special emphasis on the mythology and contested discourse surrounding Colonial artist Walter Spies.

Since joining the University, he has taught Technical and Professional Communication plus Online Journalism at Masters level. He has taught Visual Communication, Multimedia and Communication Design to undergraduate students. He has supervised a wide range of PhD and Masters dissertations ranging from aspects of Corporate Communication to Art and Design Theory and Practice.

A significant part of his job is now as the Faculty International Business Developer for South East Asia, developing academic and commercial  links between Sheffield Hallam University and institutions in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.  His research has developed from focusing on 20th century colonial /postcolonial cultural history in the Malay / Indonesian world to more recently working with Burmese Karen refugees in his home city of Sheffield. This latest research looks at various aspects of their communication practices and identity construction as a displaced community both locally and in diaspora.

His publications and presentations span from the documentary films emanating from 1930s Bali through examinations of Indo-Malay craft traditions, and practices, especially textiles. Through this research activity he has developed a strong interest in constructions of ethnic, cultural and political identity within South East Asian national contexts. This has led to his latest research work with Burmese / Karen refugees.

He still maintains creative practice in the realms of digital photography, photomontage and musical composition and sees the continuation of creative practice as crucial to maintaining the creative capacity to cross boundaries in terms of theoretical and interdisciplinary thinking in research.


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Research papers


Please note: Clicking on the links below will take you to the Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive.

GREEN, Geff (2016). From bulletins to bullets to blogs and beyond: The Karen’s ongoing communication war. In: KARATZOGIANNI, A, NGUYEN, D and SERAFINELLI, E, (eds.) The digital transformation of the public sphere: conflict, migration, crisis and culture in digital networks. London, Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

GREEN, Geffrey (2015). Symbol, pattern & symmetry: the cultural significance of structure by Michael Hann (Book Review). The Design Journal, 18 (3), 457-461.

GREEN, Geff and LOCKLEY, Eleanor (2014). Surveillance without borders : the case of Karen refugees in Sheffield. In: AKHGAR, Babak and ARABNIA, Hamid R., (eds.) Emerging trends in ICT security. Emerging Trends in Computer Science & Applied Computing (1). Waltman, MA, Morgan Kaufmann, 519-533.

GREEN, Geff and LOCKLEY, Eleanor (2013). From bullets to blogs : how the Karen of Sheffield had their new ‘weapons’ turned against them. In: Intersectional Conflict and Dialogue in Transnational Migrant and Digital Diaspora Networks, Hull, UK, 11-12 April 2013.

GREEN, Geff and LOCKLEY, Eleanor (2012). Communication practices of the Karen in Sheffield: Seeking to navigate their three zones of displacement. Asian Journal of Communication, 22 (6), 566-583.

LOCKLEY, Eleanor and GREEN, Geff (2012). Surveillance without borders : the case of Karen refugees in Sheffield. In: 5th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference "Watch This Space: Surveillance Futures", Sheffield, UK, 2-4 April.

DOLAH, Shahrizal, RUST, Chris and GREEN, Geff (2011). How may designers create furniture that allows meaningful place-making in a modern office?: Case study in the Malaysian office environment. In: 4th World Conference on Design Research, IASDR, Amsterdam, October 31 - November 4. (Submitted)

GREEN, Geff and KHAIRANI, Zahuri (2009). Repositioning Pua Kumbu and Batik through artistic practice : 'globalising' the local by drawing upon diverse Malaysian cultural forms. In: International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, 28-31 July 2009. (Unpublished)

EDWARDS, Kirstie, YATES, Simeon, DUJARDIN, Anne-Florence and GREEN, Geff (2008). Writing research into professional e-mail communication. In: ZEMLIANSKY, Pavel and ST. AMANT, Kirk, (eds.) Handbook of research on virtual workplaces and the new nature of business practices. Hershey, Pennsylvania, IGI Global, 364-381.

GREEN, Geff (2005). The significance of Island of Demons and Kriss: The Bali sub-genre of the South-Seas Films, their primitivist discourse and tropicalist fantasy. Asian Cinema, 16 (1), 46-70.

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