School of Applied Human Sciences


  • Details

  • Position Senior Lecturer
  • Discipline Centre for Communication, Media and Society
  • CampusHoward College Campus
  • Office AddressG011


  • BA (Hons) (University of Natal), MA (University of KwaZulu-Natal), PhD (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Lauren is a lecturer in the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal teaching graduate modules in development and public health communication from a participatory and culture-centred perspective. Her research interests and publication topics include: social change communication, cultural tourism and stakeholder partnerships, issues of identity, critical indigenous qualitative research, and memory. She has been a contributor to Prof Tomaselli’s Rethinking Indigeneity project, since 2002 in which both her MA and PhD were embedded

Degrees Held

  • PhD, The Centre for Communication Media and Society (University of KwaZulu-Natal).
  • Master of Arts, The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Culture, Communication and Media Studies (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Research Interests

  • Critical Indigenous Qualitative Methodologies
  • Social Change Communication
  • Cultural Tourism-as-development and identity
  • Health Communication
  • South African Television

Teaching Interests

  • Media Theory
  • Social Change and heath communication
  • Research Methodologies (in culture, communication and media studies)


  • Lubombo, M. & Dyll L.E. (2018) A Dialectic Analysis of Views on Participation in HIV/AIDS Communication of Selected South African People Living with HIV/AIDS: Beyond the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Critical Arts, 32:2, 100-118.
  • Dyll, L. (2018) Indigenous environmental knowledge and challenging dualisms in development: observations from the Kalahari, Development in Practice, 28(3), 332-344.
  • Dyll, L. & Tomaselli. K.G. (2016) Rethinking the researcher-researched relationship: Research participants as prodsumers. Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, Vol. 35(1), 1-20.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. & Zwane, D. (2015) Uncovering barriers to bilharzia prevention communication in Ugu district, South Africa: Lessons learned through participatory communication, Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, 34(1), 65-81.
  • Tomaselli, K. & Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2015) Public self-expression: Decolonising researcher–researched relationships, Communicatio: South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research, 41(3), 354-373. DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2015.1093328.
  • Lange, M.E. & Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2015) Spirituality, shifting identities and social change: cases from the Kalahari landscape, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 71 (1).
  • Govender, E., Dyll-Myklebust, L., Delate, R., & Sundar, T. (2014) Social networks as a platform to discuss sexual networks: Intersexions and Facebook as catalysts for behaviour change, The African Communication Research Journal: Using Entertainment Formats in Educational Broadcasting, Vol. 6(1), 65-88.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2014) Development narratives: the value of multiple voices and ontologies in Kalahari research, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 28(3), 521-538.
  • Cardey, S., Garforth, C., Govender, E., & Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2013) Entertainment-Education Theory and Practice in HIV/AIDS Communication: A South African / United Kingdom comparison, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 27(3), 288-310.
  • Dyll, L. (2003) In the Sun with Silikat, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 15. Special Issue, 135-150.
  • Evans H.C., Dyll L., Teer-Tomaselli R. (2018) Communicating Climate Change: Theories and Perspectives. In: Leal Filho W., Manolas E., Azul A., Azeiteiro U., McGhie H. (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 1. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2014) Development narratives: the value of multiple voices and ontologies in Kalahari research. In Tomaselli, K.G and Wessels, M. (eds.) San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities. London and New York: Routledge, 57-76.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2013) Chapter 5. Blurring the lines: Rethinking Indigeneity research at Biesje Poort. In Lange M.E., Müller Jansen L., Fisher R.C., Tomaselli K.G. and Morris, D. (eds.) Engraved Landscape. Biesje Poort: Many Voices. Pretoria: Tormentosa, 81-87.
  • Tomaselli, K.G., Dyll-Myklebust, L. & van Grootheest, S. (2013). Personal/Political
  • Interventions via Autoethnography: Dualisms, Knowledge, Power and Performativity in Research Relations. In Holman Jones, S., Adams, T.E., Ellis, C. (eds.) The Handbook of Autoethnography. California: Left Coast Books, 576-594.
  • Teer-Tomaselli, R. & Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2012) Chapter 26. Finding Yourself in the Past, the Present, the Local and the Global: Potentialities of Mediated Cosmopolitanism as a Research Methodology. In Volkmer, I. (ed.) Handbook of Global Media Research. UK: Wiley Blackwell, 451-470.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. & Finlay, K. (2012) Chapter 9. Action (Marketing) Research and Paradigms in Partnerships: A Critical Analysis of !Xaus Lodge. In Tomaselli, K. (ed.) Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeniety. Leiden: Brill, 119-136.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2012) Chapter 13. Public-Private-Community Partnership Model for Participatory Lodge (Tourism) Development. In Tomaselli, K. (ed.) Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeniety. Leiden: Brill, 180-214.
  • Dyll, L. (2009) Community Development Strategies in the Kalahari – an expression of Modernization’s Monologue? In Hottola, P. (ed.) Tourism Strategies and Local Responses in Southern Africa. Wallingford : CAB International, 41-60.
  • Tomaselli, K.G., Dyll, L & Francis, M. (2008) ‘Self’ and ‘Other’: Auto-Reflexive and Indigenous Ethnography. In Denzin, N. et al (ed.) Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies. London: Sage, 347-372.
  • Dyll, L. (2007) In the Sun with Silikat. In Tomaselli, K.G (ed.) Writing in the Sanld: Autoethnography Among Indigenous Southern Africans. Walnut Creek, California: Altamira Press, 117-130.

Community Involvement

  • (2006-currently), ARROWSA, Art, Culture and Heritage for Peace (Reg 088-058 NPO)

    ARROW (Art a Resource for Reconciliation Over the World)SA focuses on projects predominantly with youth in Durban in affiliation with Indra Congress: International development of the arts for Reconciliation. Projects include: -ARROWSA Bechet twice weekly arts meetings held at Bechet High Sydenham. -Research, action research, in association with the CCMS, UKZN -Educational programmes and Applied Storytelling in association with the Durban Local History Museums, and other museums. – Educational programmes in association with The Palmiet Nature Reserve, Westville, Durban -Rock engraving recording projects – e.g. National Heritage Council funded project in collaboration with CCMS, UKZN – Annual Intercultural exchange exhibition in collaboration with DUT jewellery students -National intercultural exchange trips in association with members of the Kalahari community and Western Cape theatre for development group, South Roots. – International intercultural exchange trips in affiliation with Indra Congress. See,


  • Head of the Research Portfolio: primary role is to co-ordinate, supervise and edit research associated with ARROWSA and its associated projects.
  • Member of the Financial Portfolio: primary role is as a co-signatory for banking and co-organising fundraising efforts.
  • (2015 – currently) Academic Journal reviewer:
  • Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies (Taylor and Francis)
  • Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa
  • Communitas
  • Journal of African Media Studies (JAMS)
  • SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • (2017 – currently) Editorial Board member for Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies (Taylor and Francis).

Teaching Expertise

  • (2008 – currently) Lecturing and course co-ordination in The Centre for Communication, Media and Society graduate modules:
    • Media Theory
    • Media in the Global World
    • Development, Communication and Culture
    • Social Change and Health Communication
    • Research Methodology
  • (2012 – 2014) Exchange Lecturer at Högskolan i Gävle, Department of Humanities. Media and Communication Studies (Sweden), as part of the Linnaeus-Palme lecturer exchange programme:
    • 2 Feb – 16 March 2012: lectured 1) Media and Cultural Theory and 2) Strategic Communication
    • 27 Aug – 21 Sept 2012: lectured Media and Communications Advanced Level.
    • 25 Aug – 23 Sept 2014: lectured Media and Communications Advanced Level.
  • (2010 – 2017) Guest lecturer for School of International (SIT) Study Abroad Program for a course held twice a year, Health Communication: Paradigms, Strategies and Participatory Processes.
  • (Feb 2007- July 2008) Part-time Lecturer at Durban University of Technology (DUT) for second year Video Technology students on Film and Television Appreciation and Development.


  • Supervision of Honours Research Special Topic projects since 2008. 
  • Currently supervising the Special Topic: Uzalo, Blood is Forever: The Production and Consumption of a South African Telenovela
  • Miliswa Magongo (Graduated 2013) Ripples of Empowerment? Exploring the Role of Participatory Development Communication in the Biesje Poort Rock Art Recording Project.
  • Dudu Zwane (Graduated 2013) Assessing Perceptions-Addressing (Mis) conceptions: The construction of a communication strategy to address the health needs of female teenagers affected by Bilharzia.
  • Nqobile Dlomo (Graduated 2014) Insights of Outsiders: Investigating the Mass Treatment Campaign Communication Strategy for Schistosomiasis Prevention in Ugu District, South Africa.
  • Zuleika Sheik (Graduated 2014, cum laude, co-supervisor) The power of subaltern voices in public-private-community partnerships? A case study on Baleni and Modjadji Camps in the African Ivory Route.
  • Nzo Nxumalo (Graduated 2015) University Cervical Cancer Health Communication Campaigns: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Black Female Students to Services Offered at UKZN.
  • Precious Greehy (Graduated 2016) Assessing knowledge, practices and prevailing attitudes of KwaZulu-Natal health professionals towards men who have sex with men (MSM): exploring access to mainstream public health care services.
  • Clive Shembe (Graduated 2016) Community participation in the Zimbabwe Community Development Association (ZCDA) ISAL project: A development communication perspective.
  • Rosemary Chipo Masakadza (Graduated 2016 cum laude) The production, distribution and reception patterns of Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council’s (ZNFPC) female reproductive health communication messages in rural Zimbabwe. A case of Chikombedzi District, Masvingo Province.
  • Sipheto Mkhize (Graduated 2017, co-supervisor) Examining critical factors, opportunities and limitations of community dialogues: A case study of DramAidE’s Zazi community dialogues as a conscientisation method to promote social change in the Zululand Region.
  • Ndu Ngcobo (Graduated 2017 cum laude) Fashioning Meaning: The graphic t-shirt as an alternative form of socio-cultural communication about South Africa’s collective identity.
  • Kenalemang Nkwoji (Graduated 2017) The role of film in behavioural rehabilitation of youth in conflict with the law: Winkie Direko Secure Care Centre and Tsotsi.
  • Ashley Gavu (Graduated 2017) Contemporary relevance of the cultural practice of roora: Comparing the perceptions of Zimbabwean young adults and the older generation.
  • Siyabonga Mhlongo (Graduated 2017, co-supervisor) Asikhulumeni / ‘Let us talk’: Investigating stakeholders’ perspectives of service delivery protests in Cato Manor, Durban. Graduated 2017.
  • Oluwatola Fasakin (Graduated 2018) Parent-adolescent communication on Risky Sexual Behaviour: Facilitators and Barriers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • Janet Onuh (Graduated 2018, co-supervisor) Representation of The Matriarch in South African Soap Opera: A Case Study of Uzalo.
  • Musa Mpanza (current) Audience interpretation of the representation of gangsterism and violence on South African television: a case study of Uzalo.
  • Wiseman Gazu (current) A reception analysis on the issue of testing, treatment and partner support by Urban Men in King DiniZulu Township, KwaZulu-Natal Using Brother for Life Radio Drama.
  • Clifford Jani (current) The Good, the Bad and the Balanced: A critical analysis of the representation of black African migrants in the South African Daily News and Daily Sun newspapers, 2016-2017.
  • Nongcebo Sibusisiwe Ngcobo (current) The Mashishing marking memories project: A Culture-Centered Approach to participation for social change.
  • Zandile Mthethwa (current) The intersection between traditional and western medicine and the role of culture in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in rural Mtubatuba, South Africa: A nursing cultural competence perspective.
  • Melodious Ntokozo Ntleko (current) Title to be confirmed.
  • Phillip Isaiah Smith (current) African foreign student’s behavioral practices towards University of KwaZulu-Natal HIV and AIDS Support Programme.
  • Musara Lubombo (Graduated 2015): Transcending GIPA: Towards an ubuntu framework for mainstreaming participation of people living with HIV in social change communication for HIV prevention in South Africa.
  • Brian Semujju (Graduated 2016) The Changing Community Media in Uganda from Broadcasting to Narrowcasting: Audiences and Community Audio Towers.
  • Ntokozo Ndlela (current) Zazi Know Your Strength Campaign: A Phenomenological Study exploring notions of Agency and (em)Power(ment) for Young Women in the context of HIV/AIDS.
  • Melba Nzimande (current) An interpretive study of the representations of black masculinity in the South African soap operas, Muvhango, Uzalo and Isidingo.
  • Dr Musara Lubombo (2016 – currently) The African HIV epidemic, Ubuntu and human rights: Practices and thinking about health and the human rights approach to HIV by (South) African AIDS Activists involved in social change communication for HIV prevention.