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Department of Media and Communications


Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
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REF 2014|

We are delighted to announce that the Department has been ranked first in the UK in its Unit of Assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment: 47% of our outputs were world-leading as were both impact case studies, our impact environment and our general research environment.

MSc programmes

NEW Our MSc Media & Communications (Data & Society)| is taking applications.  It offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the significance of data and information within contemporary societies and communications.

Sonia Livingstone Honorary PhD

We are delighted to announce that Professor Sonia Livingstone| has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Montreal. The award was presented to Professor Livingstone in a Convocation of the University of Montreal’s Arts and Sciences Faculty on 29th October.

Many congratulations to Professor Livingstone on receiving this honour.

Shaku Banaji

Who's in the media? Challenges and opportunities for diversity|

Amid rising concern| that diversity in British society is not adequately represented in the media, neither on screen nor behind the scenes, the panel will explore the options available to improve this. In June, the BBC announced new measures to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and Sky announced diversity quotas in August.  But are these the measures appropriate, and sufficiently far-reaching?

Speakers: Mukti Jain Campion|, Focus E15 Mothers Campaign|, Myria Georgiou|, Marcus Ryder|, Henna Zamurd-Butt|. Chair: Shakuntala Banaji|.

Date: 27 November at 18.00

Venue: Thai Theatre,LSE’s New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

A drinks reception will follow the session.

The event is free to attend but space is limited: please register by emailing media.policyproject@lse.ac.uk|


The Global Public Sphere|

Department of Media and Communications public debate

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014

Time: 6.30-8 pm

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Dr Ingrid Volkmer|

Discussant: Professor Mary Kaldor|

Chair: Professor Nick Couldry|


Caring in Crisis|

A one-day colloquium ‘Caring in Crisis?’ sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for Social Research was held on Saturday 7 June. The event marked the completion of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on NGOs’ production of and the UK public responses to messages about humanitarian crises and international development. 


Shani Orgad| recently published Intimacy at a distance’ in humanitarian communication| in Media, Culture & Society.


Photo: Hugo Infante - Gobierno de Chile

PhD Student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published Disasters as media events: the rescue of the Chilean miners on national and global television|, an analysis of the narratives constructed during the live coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010.

Bart Cammaerts| and PhD student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published The Mediation of the Brazilian V-for-Vinegar protests: from vilification to legitimization and back?,| an analysis of the role of the media during the recent demonstrations in Brazil.
Study at LSE

MPhil/PhD Programmes|

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or New Media, Innovation and Literacy? Submit your details here|, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff|.

MSc programmes

MSc Programmes|

We offer several MSc degrees: MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media, Communication & Development; MSc Global Media & Communications (with second year in either University of Southern California or Fudan University); MSc Politics & Communication. The Department offers two MPhil/PhD programmes in Media & Communications and in New Media, Innovation & Literacy.


LSE 120th Anniversary Scholarships|

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the School, LSE will be offering 120 Anniversary Scholarships for taught Master's students from the UK starting at LSE in 2015.The awards will vary in value, based on financial need, and are designed to help with fees and living costs. The minimum award will be £3,000 and the maximum award will be worth £25,000.



Articulating Dissent|

Pollyanna Ruiz|, Pluto, June 2014

Pollyanna Ruiz shows how coalition protest movements against austerity, war and globalisation build upon the communicative strategies of older single issue campaigns such as the anti-criminal justice bill protests and the women's peace movement. She argues that such protest groups are dismissed in the mainstream for not articulating a 'unified position' and explores the way in which contemporary protesters stemming from different traditions maintain solidarity.

Articulating Dissent investigates the ways in which this diversity, so inherent in coalition protest, effects the movement of ideas from the political margins to the mainstream. In doing so this book offers an insightful and original analysis of the protest coalition as a developing political form.



Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century|

Edited by Wendy Willems| and Ebenezer Obadare, Oxford: James Currey, February 2014

This book argues that Western notions of state and civil society provide only a limited understanding of how power and resistance operate in the African context, where informality is central to the way both state officials and citizens exercise agency.


Consumer Democracy: The Marketing of Politics|

Margaret Scammell|, CUP, February 2014

This book argues that marketing is inherent in competitive democracy, explaining how we can make the consumer nature of competitive democracy better and more democratic. Margaret Scammell argues that consumer democracy should not be assumed to be inherently antithetical to “proper” political discourse and debate about the common good.


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