Dr Valérie Gorin

Designation: Head of Learning

She is SNF Senior researcher at the University of Lausanne and Lecturer in History in the Unidistance programme.

Dr Gorin holds a Degree in History from the Faculty of Arts in October 2004, and a PhD in communication and media sciences from the University of Geneva, which she obtained in September 2013. Her PhD focused on the photojournalistic coverage of humanitarian crises in American and French newsmagazines from the 1960s to the 1990s.

She has also contributed to the SNF research project about the commemorations of the 1917 October revolution at the University of Lausanne, from 2015 to  2017. She also carryied out research on media and communication and taught qualitative methods for social sciences between 2007 and 2013 with the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva.

Her areas of research are related to the visual culture of humanitarianism, the history of communication and humanitarian action and to the evolution and uses of photojournalism in modern times. She is currently doing research on virtual reality in humanitarian appeals, and on the link between citizen photojournalism, (eye)witnessing and advocacy strategies in humanitarian settings.

Fields of interest

  • History of armed conflicts in the 20th century
  • History of photography, photojournalism and the press
  • History of humanitarian action
  • The media and humanitarian action
  • Humanitarian communication
  • Citizen (photo)journalism
  • Advocacy strategies
  • Sociology of celebrity and celebrity diplomacy
  • Visual Culture

Selected publications

  • Sacco, Vittoria, and Valérie Gorin. (upcoming in 2018). Coordination of the special issue: “‘Should I post that picture or issue that story?’ Journalistic practices in the representation of the migrant crisis.” Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies