Author Bios



Karen B. Sanders

Karen B. Sanders

Karen Sanders, British/Irish based in Spain, Professor CEU San Pablo University/IESE Business School Author, Consultant. She obtained her MA and PhD degrees in Communication from the University of Navarra and studied a joint degree in English and Philosophy at the University of Durham. Karen lectures, writes, trains and advises in the fields of public sector communication and communication ethics, and her books include Ethics and Journalism (Sage), Communicating Politics in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan), Political Scandals in Britain and Spain (Hampton Press) and, in 2013, the co-edited Government Communication (Bloomsbury). Karen has a special interest in understanding and fostering respectful and effective communication in high-risk organizations.

Articles Written

  • Narratives of exclusion and the “other” in Spanish political communication

    Narratives of exclusion and the “other” in Spanish political communication

    In the summer of 2015, distressing scenes of refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and a number of African nations began to dominate Europe’s headlines. The image of the drowned three year-old, Aylan Kurdi, lying face down in the Turkish sand, became the tragic icon of refugee suffering. Initially Germany and Croatia welcomed the migrants but as the numbers increased, political and public opinion grew more hostile. The Hungarian government set about erecting a physical barrier across its borders with Serbia, determined to prevent migrants entering their country.

    By: Karen B. Sanders
    Posted: November 16, 2015
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