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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.


Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers?
Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are going to make it a lot harder. Social networks offer immense opportunities for reaching vast new audiences and increasing the engagement of users with journalism. The most important platform […]

Listen: What can be done about ‘Fake News’? An LSE podcast
‘Fake news’ has taken the world and especially America by storm, and is the subject of this episode of LSE’s The Ballpark podcast. In this episode, LSE’s US Centre interview Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone on what ‘fake news’ is and how  the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission will address it.


Parenting for a Digital Future

Can you keep your kids safe watching YouTube?
How much inappropriate content are children encountering on YouTube? With a huge amount of content uploaded each minute, YouTube’s content regulations can be less rigorous than those of conventional TV broadcasters, and the format to complain about content is not always obvious. In this post, David R Brake outlines some suggestions for policy change, user interface, and advice for parents on these YouTube problems. David […]

Gender roles in ICT parenting
How do mothers and fathers engage with their children’s information and communications technology (ICT) use? Many studies in the past have featured only mothers as respondents.  In this post Ruth Festl  discusses the findings of two studies exploring how mothers and fathers similarly or differently engage in ICT parenting, providing new insights about how these parental activities relate to the child’s own […]


Media Policy Project 

More clarity brings more confusion: debating what the European General Data Protection Regulation means for children in the UK
Professor Sonia Livingstone and LSE MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo reflect on the discussions surrounding the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it will mean for children. For some policy areas, it seems that the closer you look, the more confusion results. So it seems with the General Data Protection Regulation, coming into force in May […]

Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers?
In this post, MPP Director and Lead Commissioner of the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission Charlie Beckett considers the implications of Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its newsfeed. Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are […]