Ġorġ Mallia is a communications academic, author and cartoonist working on the island of Malta. He is the Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta.
He has a B.A.(Hons) in English Literature and an M.A. in Communications, both from the University of Malta, and a Ph.D in Instructional Technology, from the University of Sheffield, UK. He specialises in Print and Presentation Media, Personal Communications, Personal Branding, and Instructional Design and Technology (particularly Transfer of Learning). His present research is mainly on the cognitive processing change incurred by new media technology immersion, though he is also working on ways to analyse sequential narrative qualitatively.
He has presented at a number of international conferences, and published in his areas of expertise. Among others he has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Malmö and Lund, both in Sweden.
Ġorġ Mallia has published books of fiction for children, which he has also illustrated, as well as books of experimental short stories. He produced what was at the time Malta’s only regular socio-political comic strip (One Family) in The Sunday Times between 1993 and 2008. He has published extensively (in Maltese and English) both in his academic fields of interest and creatively, children’s and adult fiction. His “Pullu” books for very young children are among the best-selling books for that age in Malta. His last two books for children, Il-Professur Għasfur and Sigurd and the Tree of Life, have been very well received.
His latest academic offering is the editing of a collection of international papers on the use of Social Networking in Education. The book is published by IGI Global and called The Social Classroom.
Dr. Mallia has also produced and presented a number of programmes on national television and radio. He was chairman of the National Book Council of Malta from 2005 to 2013.
He lives in Msida, Malta and Malmö, Sweden, with his wife, Danish artist Marie Louise Kold.
His personal website can be found on www.gorgmallia.com.