We engage with a wide range of stakeholders, both in the private and public sector, to examine different ways in which media and communications construct, and are constructed by, political, economic, technological, socio-cultural and historical processes. We look at the role of media in the perpetuation of structural forms of power, inequality and discrimination.
We offer applied research that provides valuable insight into public opinion, and we conduct policy and market reviews that underly our policy advice. We also undertake evaluation and impact studies of new technologies in the media and communications field.
One of our areas of expertise relates to the role of media and communications in the construction of identity and everyday experience, with particular focus on media representations, narratives, and the uneven distribution of media resources. We are also interested in internet regulation, policy and governance, and privacy and security issues. We have, for instance, recently done a project in which we examined children’s risks and opportunities online. What are effective policy-based solutions to ensure their safety? And how can we develop a coherent framework to establish children’s rights relating to digital media and the Internet?
Looking at the topic from a political perspective, we could question how media enhance political socialisation, mobilisation and protest. What are the predominant dynamics of media with power and inequalities? Is there a relation between media literacy and political activism?
Who we work with..
The experts we work with are predominantly based at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, which was ranked first in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Areas of expertise
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