Dr Dalia Elsheikh is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her doctorate in Political Communication at Bournemouth University in 2017.

Her research interest includes the study of campaign communication with emphasis on both the professionalisation and its impacts upon citizen engagement in nascent democracies. She is currently working on a research project studying the culture movements in the Egyptian public sphere assessing their impact on the democratisation of Egypt. She is also interested in journalism studies.

Dr Elsheikh is the author of “campaign professionalism during Egypt’s 2012 presidential election” which presents the first analytical study of the levels of professionalism of campaigns in the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections. The book also evaluates the application of the professionalization index to nascent democracies, and the impact of campaign professionalism on such democracies.The book encourages further studies within similar fragile democratic systems as well as offering campaigners practical guidance when approaching future elections.

Dr Elsheikh worked as a journalist for more than 16 years. She is a member of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ) and was NUJ Rep from 2009-2019.