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Department of Media and Communications


Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE


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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.

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Study for a PhD at the Department of Media and Communications|

Deadline for Funding: 12 January 2015

With a research environment ranked world-leading in REF 2014, the Department of Media and Communications provides an excellent research-based education to its doctoral students.


Children's Rights in the Digital Age|

Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Sonia Livingstone|, LSE
Respondents: Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF; Professor Robin Mansell|, LSE
Chair: Professor Nick Couldry|, LSE

Are children’s rights enhanced or undermined by access to the internet? Charters and manifestos for the digital age are proliferating, but where do children fit in?

Followed by a drinks reception.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEchildrights

Sean Jacobs

Shifting African Digital Landscapes|

LSE Africa Talks Public Lecture

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

Speaker: Dr Sean Jacobs|, The New School
Chair:  Dr Wendy Willems|, LSE

Developments and changes to the online media sphere point to interesting possibilities for how Africans are engaging in the global public sphere. Whether via irreverent Youtube prank videos, blogs, Instagram, song remixes, or producing independent online media (such as the Nigerian-focused Sahara Reporters), among others, and addressing topics such as homosexuality, gender relations, economic relations, African subjects are taking their place more and more as audiences and agents, rather than as receivers of aid and information.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEAfrica


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.
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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.

Media Policy Project
Media Policy Project|