Dr Bart Cammaerts

Dr Bart Cammaerts

Associate Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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Dr Cammaerts is on research sabbatical from 8 December 2017 to 27 September 2018.

Dr Bart Cammaerts is Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at LSE and is programme director for the MSc in Media and Communications. He 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: 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).  His CV can be downloaded here. 

After obtaining his MA-degree in political sciences at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in 1996 Bart 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, Dr Cammaerts is active as a radio producer and as a musician and DJ.


access; alternative media; democracy; participation; power; public sphere; social change and resistance; trans-nationalisation



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Through his research Bart 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 his 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 he 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.


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Book Section

Author(s) Bart Cammaerts, Brooks DeCillia, Meagan Zurn

ISSN/ISBN 9781118784044