Professor Bart Cammaerts

Professor Bart Cammaerts

Professor of Politics and Communication

Department of Media and Communications

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About me

Bart Cammaerts is Professor of Politics and Communication in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where he also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Media and Communications.

Prof Cammaerts is the former chair of the Communication and Democracy Section of the European Communication and Research Association - ECREA and former vice-chair of the Communication, Technology & Policy-section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research - IAMCR.

His current research focuses on the relationship between media, communication and resistance with particular emphasis on media strategies of activists, media representations of protest, alternative counter-cultures and broader issues relating to power, participation and public-ness. He publishes widely and his most recent books include: The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) Youth Participation in Democratic Life: Stories of Hope and Disillusion (co-authored with Michael Bruter, Shakuntala Banaji, Sarah Harrison and Nick Anstead, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and Mediation and Protest Movements (co-edited with Alice Matoni and Patrick McCurdy, Intellect, 2013). 

After obtaining his MA degree in political sciences at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in 1996 Prof Cammaerts worked as a spokesperson and as advisor information society for Elio Di Rupo, the then Belgian vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economic affairs and Telecommunication. After that he joined the research centre SMIT at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) as a doctoral researcher.  In 2002 he obtained a PhD in Social Sciences. This was followed by post-doctoral research within the EMTEL2-network, financed by the 5th Framework Program of the EU Commission. After that he obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship, based at the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

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Beyond academia, Prof Cammaerts is active as a radio producer and as a musician and DJ.

Expertise

media strategies of activists; media representations of protest; alternative media and counter-cultures; media histories; political theory and broader issues relating to power; participation and public-ness

Publications

Books


Other publications

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Research

Through his research Prof Cammaerts has established a world leading reputation in the field of media and communication studies, and more specifically in the specialist sub-fields of alternative media and political communication. His research is interdisciplinary and it is informed by his commitment to building intellectual bridges between the discipline of political science and the field of media and communication studies. He achieved this, on the one hand, by introducing political and democratic theory into media and communication studies, and, on the other, by introducing theoretical approaches within the media and communications field to research in the sub-field concerned with the study of social movements and political contention.

A recurrent theme in Prof Cammaerts' research considers the dialectic interactions between dichotomies and analytical categories such as alternative/mainstream, new/old media, public/private, symbolic/material, production/reception rather than emphasising one side over and above another. His empirical and theoretical contributions situate themselves in four areas: 1) media and communication policies at the national and international level and the role of civil society actors in shaping these policies, 2) alternative media as a space of resistance, which can be progressive, but also reactionary 3) the various roles media and communications play for social movements and contentious politics, and 4) social change, politics and hegemony. With regard to methodologies he has consistently combined quantitative methods, such as surveys and content analysis, with qualitative methods, such as interviews, focus groups and critical discourse analysis.

Regarding future research Prof Cammaerts intends to deepen his analysis on the relationship between media, communication and social change. This will involve historical research into the role of media and communications for protest movements of the past. He will also address the question to which extent the centrality of media and communication in our digital age has altered the ontology of a social movement. Finally, he also plans to investigate the extent to which studies of media (content, representation) and communication (processes and material infrastructures) can engage productively with each other especially in view of clarifying the role of regulation in a digital age.

Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Prof Cammaerts is Programme Director for the MSc Media and Communications and onvenes and teaches on the popular postgraduate courses Mediated Resistance and Citizens and Democracy and the Media. He has also contributed lectures to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418) and research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2).

Doctoral supervision

Prof Cammaerts supervises doctoral researchers and welcomes applications from prospective students relating to his areas of research. He currently supervises Jessica Kong and has successfully supervised Dr Jessica BainesDr Brooks DeCillia and Dr Cornelia Reyes Acosta to completion.