Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Assistant Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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Dr Plantin will be on sabbatical during Michaelmas Term (27 September 2018 to 7 January 2019).

Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. His research investigates the politics of digital platforms, the evolution of knowledge infrastructures, and the rise of digital sovereignty.

His first book, Participatory Mapping: New Data, New Cartography, (Wiley, 2014) details the use of web-based mapping applications (exemplified by Google Maps) by non-experts to participate in socio-technical debates. A key case study concerned the nuclear disaster after the power plant explosions in March 11th 2011 in Fukushima, Japan. In 2017, he co-edited the volume Les données à l’heure du numérique. Ouvrir, partager, expérimenter [Big Data in a Digital Age: Opening, Sharing, Experimenting] (FMSH, 2017), in which international scholars design a critical theoretical framework to investigate the increasing reliance on big data in science and governance. He is currently writing a monograph on the infrastructural evolution of digital platforms.

His work has been published in leading Media and Communications journals, such as Media, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Big Data & Society, and the International Journal of Communication. His research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, and the University of Michigan MCubed Program.

At the LSE, Jean-Christophe was programme director for the MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society) in 2017 (Lent term) and 2018 (Lent and Summer Terms), and the programme director for the MSc Media and Communications (Research) in 2017-2018. He is currently the convenor of the Social Theory Network (with the Department of Sociology).

Before joining the Department in 2015, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan (Department of Communication & School of Information). He holds a PhD in Communication Studies & Information Science from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France, and MAs from the Université Paris 8, France, and from the European Graduate School, Switzerland. In Michaelmas term 2018, he is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

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Expertise Details

politics of platforms; evolution of knowledge infrastructures; digital sovereignty

Research interests

  • Politics of platforms: Tensions between platforms and infrastructures, platform regulation, platforms and public participation, platforms in China.
  • Evolution of knowledge infrastructures: Scientific data sharing, big data and scholarship, new models for scholarly communication.
  • Digital sovereignty: Data and nationalism, cybersecurity, data localization laws, states and digital infrastructures.



  • Plantin, J.C. (2014). Participatory mapping: new data, new cartography. London: Wiley. More here.

Other publications

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Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Plantin convenes and teaches on the popular postgraduate course Digital Platforms and Media Infrastructures: Societal Issues. Dr Plantn 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

Dr Plantin welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students relating to his areas of research.