News archive 2009


New Media 

Four volume set - edited by Sonia Livingstone

In the past 20 years, 'new media' has emerged as one of the most dynamic research fronts in media and communication, addressing the diversity and proliferation of new information and communication technologies and their social contexts. This growing field is both international and transdisciplinary. The editors have mined a rich collection of published material covering the historical, economic, social and behavioural issues at stake trace the development and implications of new media.  Read more|...

The Information Society

New book edited by Robin Mansell|. Read more about the book here|.

When News Was New

Charlie Beckett's review of Prof Terhi Rantanen's new book: "If journalism is going to survive and thrive in the digital age then it will need to go back in time to discover its future. We need to learn the lessons of media history and here's a book that helps.  Terhi Rantanen's When News Was New is much more than a narrative of journalism history..." Read more|.

Research Newsletter

Read the first of our updates on research activity in the Department of Media and Communications, including articles on Financial Journalism and Creative Commons & P2P in China, along with a summary of some of the work of our Early Career Researchers.

Read the Newsletter online here|

Student Photography Competition 2009

The winners of our Student Photography Competition 2009 have been announced.  Click on the winning images| for more information.

Research Assessment Exercise 2008 - results

LSE has the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the country, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence and results from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise show the Department of Media and Communication's research edge is one of the sharpest in the country - with 75% of research activity judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. On grade point average, the Department of Media and Communications is rated third-best in the UK. Read more about the RAE2008 results here|.

MSc Student wins the Robert MacKenzie prizes

MSc Global Media and Communications student Ryan Cunningham| is the winner of a Robert MacKenzie prizes.  Four prizes are awarded to LSE students each year, on the basis of outstanding academic performance.  Read more about the MSc Global Media and Communications|

One of last year's winners, PhD student Evangelia Berdou| is now an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU)


Major new EU grant for LSE Internet study

One of the largest grants ever won by the London School of Economics and Political Science, for  €2.5m, has been awarded to Professor Sonia Livingstone More here.

Making Sure the Kids Are Alright|  


A MeCCSA 2009 conference paper co-authored by three PhD Students in the Media and Communications department has been awarded this year's Art Design Media Higher Education Authority Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Prize.

Written by Niall Brennan, Mehita Iqani and Frederik Lesage the paper, "Student-centred Student Teachers: On Maintaining Teaching Opportunities While Expanding Learning Support Offerings" has now been published in the ADM-HEA magazine, Networks, and the prize was presented during the MeCCSA conference in January 2009 at the University of Bradford.  Read the paper here (article starts on page 18).|

Re-weaving the web

article in Prospect by Dr Damian Tambini|

Many of the 1.5m rural British households who can't get broadband internet access are hoping for great things from Britain's digital minister, Stephen Carter. Carter's Digital Britain review, due to be published this summer, includes plans to help provide internet access at speeds of up to 2Mb/s to every British home. Department of Media and Communications Graduate Shapes Media Policy Debate In Pakistan

Manzoor Ali Memon graduated with an MSc in Communication Regulation and Policy in 2008, and went on to work for PEMRA, the Pakistani Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. After receiving a specialist training in communications regulation and policy at LSE, an experience which included visits to, and regular speakers from UK regulator Ofcom, Manzoor has become a leading light in policy debate in his home country.  Read his recent article|.

The Department of Media and Communicationscontinues to build its capacity in the field of media and communications regulation and policy offering a highly regarded specialist programme. From 2009 leading experts Professor Mansell and Dr Tambini have pooled their resources to bring together a brand new MSC Stream in Communications Governance. Find out more about our MSc programmes|.


Charlie Becketts interview on BBC World Service

Charlie Beckett's interview on BBC World Service talking about how new media can contribute to democracy. Listen here|

Delhi LSE Alumni Association

Professor Robin Mansell| addressed the Delhi LSE Alumni Association on  "Media for Democracy and Development"|

The Information Society (Four Volume Set)

This set in Routledge's Major Works Series, Critical Concepts in Sociology is edited by Robin Mansell|, offering a comprehensive overview and introduction to debates about the ways the growing use of communication technologies in the acquisition, storage and processing of information and the increasing importance of information in supporting the creation and the exchange of knowledge are creating new challenges for all aspects of society.

The four volumes focus on the history of these debates which intensified in the 1970s, the implications for knowledge, the economy and organisations, the impacts on democracy, governance and regulation, and importantly, on everyday life. More information and order form|.

Taste, Standards and the BBC: Public attitudes to morality, values and behaviour in UK broadcasting

The independent audience research was conducted by Professor Sonia Livingstone More information and full report here: programme final|


Read an article in openDemocracy by Visiting Fellow Mina al-Lami |

A video-letter from a purported al-Qaida soldier calling on Germany to end its military involvement in Afghanistan has heightened security concerns in the country before and after the election. But it is Bekkay Harrach's "western" appearance as much as his message that deserves scrutiny, say Mina Al-Lami & Ben O'Loughlin. Read more...|

LSE professor wins Swedish media and communication prize

Prof Sonia Livingstone, Head of the Department of Media and Communications has been awarded a prestigious Swedish prize which recognises outstanding contributions in media and communication research.  Sonia  is the first researcher outside Sweden to be awarded the Wahlgren Foundation Prize, which was created in 1991. 

Sonia will be presented with the award of 50,000 Swedish kronor (approximately £4,392) at a ceremony on Friday 27 November at the daily newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet| in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Department of Media & Communications wins LSE Library Open Access Awards

The Department of Media & Communications has won three awards as part of the LSE Open Access Week|:

  • Department with the most open access full text in LSE Research Online per member of academic staff
  • Individual award for largest number of open access full text papers in LSE Research Online - Professor Sonia Livingstone 
  • Department with the highest response rate to the LSE Research Online survey

Survey Research Officer

Salary between £ 31,711- £38,391 pa.

This is a fixed term afppointment until 30 June 2011.

We invite applications for a post-doctoral Survey Research Officer to work on a major new research project funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme, "EU Kids Online II". See| for project information.

For further details and to apply for this post please go to Jobs at LSE

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on 15 September 2009


Prof. Mansell has been invited as speaker at he conference Visby Agenda

Robin Mansell was invited academic speaker at the Swedish EU Presidency conference Visby Agenda – Creating Impact for an eUnion 2015 in Visby, Sweden 9-10 November 2009 on the topic 'Changing Social Values: Contestation or Consensus'.


Prof. Livingstone delivers a keynote adress to a conference organized by the Swedish Presidency of the EU

On Thursday 10th December, Sonia Livingstone delivered the keynote address to a conference entitled 'Preventing Crime and Victimisation among Children and Young People: Current and future challenges – school, cyberspace and recruitment to criminal groups', organised by the Swedish Presidency of the EU. Her lecture was on 'Balancing risks and opportunities for children on the internet – conclusions from EU Kids Online.'

Prof. Mansell has been invited as speaker t the LIRNEasia's 5th Anniversary conference

Robin Mansell was invited speaker on 'The Knowledge Economy: Developed Economy Perspective' during LIRNEasia's 5th Anniversary conference celebration on 'Research Policy Knowledge-based Economies' in Colombo, Sri Lanka 10 December 2009. She also chaired the LIRNEasia@5 opening session on 'Research => Policy'.