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Department of Media and Communications




Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications. Rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.


Applications for study in 2018 now open!

Education at LSE is designed for students who are keen to engage critically with their chosen discipline and who want to apply their learning to real world situations. Our postgraduate programmes are shaped to equip students, professionally and personally, for whatever they want to do afterwards.

Prof Sonia Livingstone awarded honorary doctorate

On 16 November, Professor Sonia Livingstone was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. As part of the festivities, Sonia gave a public lecture entitled 'Where are the (implied) audiences in mediation and mediatization research?'.

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Doctoral Researcher Paula Kiel gives TED-x Talk

On 1 September, Paula Kiel gave a TED-x Talk at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, entitled 'Keeping communications alive when you're dead'.

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Lilie Chouliaraki

New article from Lilie Chouliaraki and Rafal Zaborowski in the International Communication Gazette.

Drawing on a Content Analysis of 1200 news articles on the 2015 refugee ‘crisis’ across eight European countries, Chouliaraki and Zaborowski address the question of whether and how refugees ‘speak' in the news, and categorize the language of these articles in terms of how they narrated the subjects, status and contexts of voice.

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Check out our recent Research Roundup, with news about the research achievements of the Department of Media and Communications over the first half of 2017.

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NEW - MSc Global Media & Communications (with University of Cape Town)

In our ever more globalised world, gaining international experience is invaluable and gives students a great knowledge and experience base to work from. This unique two year programme enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

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PhD Programmes

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or Data, Networks and Society? Submit your details here, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff.


Is the future of democracy on the web?

Professor Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Dr Nick Anstead, Assistant Professor, Media and Communications department discuss the relationship between the internet, the Government and politics. They discuss examples of institutions using the internet in the UK and Germany, the benefits and failures of these initiatives and how we can use the internet for meaningful political engagement.

What does it mean to be a citizen?

Dr Shakuntala Banaji discusses different types of citizenship, and what it means to be a citizen.Why are young people so disengaged and how can we entice them to become active citizens? Who defines what it means to be a good citizen?

Media Industries and Production in China - LSE Research in Mandarin

Dr Bingchun Meng talks to Dr Catherine Xiang about her research in communication governance and media production in the context of globalization and technological shifts.They also discuss the empowering potential of digital networks in new communicative practices, and the obstacles to this empowerment.

Children's Rights in the Digital Age - Sonia Livingstone Public Lecture

Recorded on 11 February 2015, Sonia Livingstone explored whether children’s rights are enhanced or undermined by access to the internet. A blog post by Professor Livingstone also entitled Children’s Rights in the Digital Age can be viewed at the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone - are our children safe online?

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, discusses the challenges of keeping children safe online.

Gearty Grilling: Lilie Chouliaraki on Media Ethics & Humanitarianism

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki discusses the moral implications of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.


Search and Fake News
This article is by LSE MSc student Jack Marks, and covers a recent talk by Jon Steinberg, Public Policy Manager at Google (pictured right).  Jon discussed the challenges Google’s public policy agenda faces in an age of fake news, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. With the rise of so-called ‘Fake News’ people are asking about the role we expect […]

Crunch time for the new news media economy?
We used to speculate about when the next newspaper might close, now we watch as digital native newsrooms teeter on the brink. How bad is it out there for news brands trying to make a living, let alone a profit? [This article by Professor Charlie Beckett, director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission.] Josh Marshall, the editor of the […]


Parenting for a Digital Future

Watching safely? Tools for protecting children in audiovisual services
Many countries have measures in place to protect children from harmful content. Although these vary from service to service, with a little effort, they could present useful tools for parents looking to create a safer environment for their children. In this post Lubos Kuklis summarises the aims and findings of the new ERGA report, Protection of minors in the audiovisual […]

Kids’ screen time shifts dramatically toward phones and tablets
How has children’s media use evolved over time? Common Sense Media published their latest zero to eight study in October, and in this post Michael Robb discusses the key findings. Michael is director of research at Common Sense, overseeing the research program, evaluation of organization impact, and program development research. He has published research on the impact of electronic media on […]


Media Policy Project 

What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?
We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. In […]

Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?
Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the gaps […]