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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.


What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?
Quality is the key word for journalism right now, but it can mean nothing. At a recent Google Newsgeist conference in Lisbon of 150+ journalism and tech people it threaded its way through the conversations about how ‘good’ journalism can survive and thrive in an age of misinformation, competition and distraction. Here’s some thoughts sparked by that gathering. Most of […]

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?
This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in Inpublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers change the balance of power between the tech giants and the content creators? Recent years have been tough on publishers as the […]


Parenting for a Digital Future

3-and-a-half reasons why a TV show does not result in an increase in suicide attempts and ideation
Last summer, Netflix’s show 13 Reasons Why caused public concern about the risk of suicide contagion among teenagers – particularly in those who have suicidal thoughts. The show portrays the suicide and aftermath of a teenage girl who documents her reasons for the suicide in a series of audiotapes. Psychotherapists, school social workers and teachers expressed apprehension about the show […]

The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children
Professor Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Dean of the Graduate Research School at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and co-author of the recently-published report The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map: Implementing the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in European Member States. This blog, originally written for the Media Policy Project, provides a comprehensive survey of the […]


Media Policy Project 

Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria
Julia Rone, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, here reflects on some of the implications of Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm as they relate to Bulgaria. In January 2018 Facebook announced changes in its News Feed algorithm designed to curb the spread of “fake news” by prioritizing personal content at […]

Why Tech Markets Are Winner-Take-All
Once a company dominates a technology market, it is almost impossible to displace, writes Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and contributor (with Leo Watkins) to Digital Dominance: the Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, recently launched at LSE. Their chapter can be accessed here.  ‘Competition is for losers. If you want to […]