Ayala Panievsky is a Presidential Fellow at the City University of London and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, specialising in media under attack, right-wing populism, and democratic backsliding. She is the recipient of multiple prizes and awards, including the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Article Award, and the Honourable Mention by the Wolfgang Donsbach Article of the Year Award. Her timely research was published in leading academic journals and featured in media outlets worldwide, including the BBC, The News Agents and LBC in the UK, Politico in the United States, ARD in Germany, Haaretz in Israel, and ABC in Australia. She holds a PhD in Sociology (with no corrections) from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Political Communication (with distinction) from Goldsmiths College, and a BA in Journalism and Communication (with distinction) from the honours programme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
As a former journalist and activist devoted to advancing human rights and refugees’ rights, Ayala currently works with journalists worldwide to improve the future of news and what we know about the world in times of new sophisticated threats to democracy, equality, freedom, and justice.