Professor Robin Mansell

Professor Robin Mansell

Professor of New Media & the Internet | Head of Department

Department of Media and Communications

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About me

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet and Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She has training in several social science disciplines including psychology, social psychology, politics and economics and is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary research when it builds on the strengths of disciplinary inquiry. Her research and teaching focus on the governance of digital media and communications, the social, economic and policy issues arising from innovations in digital technologies, the interactions between technical design and the structure of markets, and sources of regulatory effectiveness and failure.

In addition to teaching and research she has been involved in many aspects of School life including the Research Development Panel and the Council Nominations Committee. She served as interim Deputy Director and Provost 2015-16 and was academic Governor 2005-2010 and Head of the Department of Media and Communications 2006 - 2009.

Professor Mansell is Standing Selection Committee member, Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada, member ESRC Peer Review College 2015-19, member Scientific Advisory Council, LIRNEAsia, Sri Lanka, and Chair, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Clearinghouse for Public Statements and member, IAMCR Scholarly Review and Budget and Finance committees, having served as IAMCR President 2004-2008. She was Trustee, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex 1999 -2009. 

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Expertise

audiovisual policy; communication technologies; internet governance; new media; telecommunications policy

Publications

Research

LSE projects

  • Interference on the line? The challenge of rights, freedoms and broadband, PI in collaboration with Dr. Monica Horton, Visiting Research Fellow, Submitted: ESRC open call.
  • Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision for Peace and Sustainable Development, With G. Tremblay, Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal, UNESCO, Report for the WSIS+10 Conference, Paris, Feb 2013.  Funder: UNESCO
  • Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (TIPPI) With Dr. Evangelia Berdou, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. Funder: Institute of Development Studies (2012-14).
  • International Knowledge Management - Emergent (IKM-E) Steering Committee Member. Funder: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by the European Association for Development Training and Research Institutes (EADI), 2007-2012  see http://wiki.ikmemergent.net/index.php/Main_Page
  • Socio-Economic Impact Assessment for Research Projects (SEQUOIA). Led by Dr Paolo Dini, LSE Department of Media and Communications, Senior Research Associate, Funder: European Commission 2010-2012, See http://www.sequoiaproject.eu/
  • British Telecom  Expert Witness evidence in British Telecommunications plc ("BT") and TalkTalk Telecom Group Limited v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, 1 July 2010 - January 2011
  • Advancing knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship and innovation for growth and social well-being in Europe (AEGIS)with E. Edward Steinmueller, SPRU, University of Sussex, Mansell named expert with SPRU 2008-11, see http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/projects/349_en.html
  • Countering Terrorism in Public Places Research Programme Director, IDEAS Factory Sand-Pit, ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC, 2006, for funded projects see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/what-we-do/our-research/terrorism.aspx
  • Open Philosophies for Associative Autopoietic Digital Ecosystems (OPAALS) Led by Dr. Paolo Dini, Department of Media and Communications, Senior Research Associate, LSE was Lead Partner. Funder: European Commission 2007-10, see http://www.opaals.eu/
  • Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE) Led by Dr Paolo Dini, LSE Department of Media and Communications, Senior Research Associate, LSE was Lead Partner. Funder: European Commission, Integrated Project 2003-6.
  • ICTs for Development - Universal Service and Telecommunications Led by Mansell with Professor William H Melody and Claire Milne, Consultant. Funder: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, Jan-Mar 2006.
  • Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention Foresight Project Mansell as leader of all social science contributions to project. Funder: Office of Science and Technology (OST), Foresight (2003-4), see http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight/our-work/projects/published-projects/cyber-trust
  • Growth-Nodes in Knowledge-based Europe (G-NIKE) Lead Institute: IN3 University of Catalonia, Barcelona. Funder: European Commission 2002-3.
  • E-Commerce with Developing Countries Lead Institute: LSE with Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. Funder: UK Department for International Development 2001-3, see http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3710/1/The_reality_of_e-commerce_with_developing_countries.pdf
  • Socio-economic Trends Assessment for the Digital Revolution (STAR) Lead Institute: Databank Consulting, Milan, with SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: European Commission, 5th Framework, Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, Key Action II Electronic Commerce 2000-3.
  • The Economic Importance of Electronic Networks Funder: Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, 2002, see http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3867/1/The_Economic_Importance_of_Electronic_Networks.pdf

 

Pre-LSE projects (1988-2000 at SPRU, University of Sussex)

  • Forecasts and Assessment of Advanced Communication Technologies and Services and Recommendations (FAIR) Lead Institute: Databank Consulting, Milan, with SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: European Commission, DGXIII 4th Framework Advanced Communication Technologies and Services (ACTS) Programme, 1995-8.
  • Assessment of Telematics Programme (ASSENT) Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: European Commission, DGXIII, 4th Framework Telematics Programme, 1996-9.
  • Prospectus for GAIT - Global Access to Information Technologies Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, 1999. See http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26661/1/GAIT_(LSERO).pdf
  • Knowledge Societies: Information Technology for Sustainable Development Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: UNCTAD on behalf of United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development, 1996-7, see http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/research/ink/knowledgesocieties
  • Net Compatible:  Virtual Communities, Intelligent Agents and Trust Service Provision for Electronic Commerce Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: NCR Financial Services Knowledge Laboratory, London, 1998, see http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24979/
  • The New Telecommunications in the Netherlands Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: Rathenau Institute, (formerly Netherlands Office of Technology Assessment), 1995.
  • Intellectual Property Rights: The Development of Information Infrastructures for the Information Society Lead Institute: MERIT, Maastricht and SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: European Parliament, Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA) Programme, 1995.
  • Employment and Telecommunications Lead Institute: SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: International Labour Office, Principal Contractor, Geneva, 1995.
  • Media and Advanced Communication Services Lead Institute: Technology Investment Partners, Paris with SPRU Sussex Mansell and Silverstone as coordinators of academic research. Funder: Commission of the European Communities, Socio-Economic and Technical Impact Assessment & Forecasts, RACE II, 1993.
  • Earth Observation Data Policy for Europe Lead Institute: Logica Space and Communications Ltd and SPRU University of Sussex. Funder: Commission of the European Communities, DG-XII, 1992.

Teaching

Professor Mansell has taught extensively in her various fields of expertise. Presently, she convenes and teaches on the graduate-level course MC435 Disruptive Digital Worlds: Competing Economic and Political Economy Explanations and was inaugural convenor of MC413 Information, Communication and Knowledge Systems.

Professor Mansell has also contributed lectures to team-taught graduate-level Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418) and research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2).