He is a researcher in media studies and visual culture. He received his Bachelor degree from Department of Communications, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia and obtained his Master of Communications specialisation in Media and Cultural Studies from School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth, Australia.
He is undertaking a doctoral research in Media and Communication Studies (MKV) at Lund University. This PhD project deals with mediated urban creativity in contemporary Southeast Asian cities, including its interplay with the notions of identity, space, place, memory and power in Southeast Asian contexts. By combining digital ethnography and documentary photography, the research draws on qualitative, ethnographic and visual methodologies to explore what people do with media in the context of Southeast Asian urban everyday creativity.
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Before joining Lund University as a doktorand (PhD student) in March 2016, he has taught in Department of Communications, Islamic University of Indonesia (UII), Yogyakarta from August 2006 to February 2016 mainly in the field of media and cultural studies.
He has published two books, five edited books, book chapters, journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and photo essays mostly on Indonesian media and its cultural contexts, as well as exhibited documentary photography projects. Now he lives in Lund, Sweden, and pursues his passion in the field of media and cultural studies both as a young scholar and a passionate documentary photographer. The complete list of his academic publications can be accessed from https://lu.academia.edu/ZakiHabibi