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Innovation and Governance

Institutions, rules and political economy: understanding policy and regulation in changing media and communication systems.

Research Activities

Our research has informed the policy debate on the UK Digital Economy Act,  the Leveson Inquiry (including media coverage of the Inquiry), and the review of progress since the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS+10; it has challenged assumptions about the changing political economy of media industries in China; and is also concerned with innovative developments in social media applications and their consequences, especially for citizens and for young people.

Our international and comparative research has been enriched by participation in multiple European networks. For example, our work on Information Knowledge Management has been funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We have taken a leading role in several EC funded networks such as OPAALS – Open Philosophies for Associative Autopoietic Digital Ecosystems, Network of Excellence and SEQUOIA – Socio-Economic Impact Assessment for Research Projects.

Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (TIPPI), funded by Institute of Development Studies (2012-13) examines data crowdsourcing and online applications in the health sector with a focus on the tensions between public, corporate and civil society/citizen stakeholder over access to digital sources of information.

Our work has also focussed on national institutional responses to young people's engagement through a European Commission project for EACEA "Youth Participation in Democratic Life". It includes a focus on open-source movements and the future of Internet governance as part of a European Framework 7 research project, the European Network of Excellence on Internet Science.

Departmental research published in 2011-12 has also looked at comparative research on journalism ethics, for example in relation to financial journalism and Wikileaks.This has led to two journal article publications, and one book and two articles on the legal and ethical position of Wikileaks. International approaches to the regulation of media ownership and pluralism, and one on the topic of press councils have been conducted by LSE researchers working within the ‘Mapping Digital Media’ project, a 60 country comparative study by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The LSE Media Policy Project, funded by the Open Society Foundations and the Higher Education Innovation Fund, provides a platform and network for distribution of the Department’s policy relevant work.


Banaji, S. and Buckingham, D. (forthcoming 2012) The Civic Web: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation in Europe. Cambridge, Ma: MIT Press.

Banaji, S. (In Press). A Tale of Three Worlds: Young People, Media and Class in India. in Hensler, C. (ed) Generation X Goes Global Berkeley, New York/London/New Delhi: Routledge. (publication date: Summer 2012.)

Potter, J and Banaji, S. (2012) 'Social Media and Self-curatorship: Reflections on Identity and Pedagogy through Blogging on a Masters Module' In Comunicar: Scientific Journal of Media Education, 38(XIX) Special Issue: Media Literacy in Multiple contexts.

Banaji, S. (2011) "Disempowering by Assumption: How the Rhetoric of 'Digital Natives' Affects Young People and Influences Civic Organisations Working with Them" in Michael Thomas (ed.) Deconstructing Digital Natives. New York: Routledge.

Selwyn, N. and Banaji, S. and Hadjithoma-Garstka, C. and Clark, W. (2011) 'Providing a platform for parents? Exploring the nature of parental engagement with school learning platforms'. Journal of computer assisted learning, 27 (4). pp. 314-323.

Banaji, S. (2011) 'Mapping the rhetorics of creativity'. In: Sefton-Green, Julian and Thomson, Pat and Jones, Ken and Bresler, Liora, (eds.) The Routledge international handbook of creative learning. Routledge.

Banaji, S (2011) 'Framing young citizens: explicit invitation and implicit exclusion on European youth civic websites'. Language and intercultural communication, 11 (2). pp. 126-141.

Beckett, Charlie (2011) WikiLeaks: news in the networked era. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.

Beckett, Charlie (2008) SuperMedia: saving journalism so it can save the world. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.

Dini, P, Nehaniv, CL, Egri-Nagy, A, Schilstra, MJ (2012). 'Algebraic Analysis of the Computation in the Belousov-Zhabotinksy Reaction', in Lones, M, Smith, SL, Teichmann, S, Naef, F, Walker, JA and Trefzer, MA (Eds) IPCAT2012: 9th International Conference on Information Processing in Cells and Tissues, Springer LNCS 7223, Cambridge, UK, 30 March-2 April, pp 216-224.

Dini, P, Milne, C and Milne R (2012). 'Costs and Benefits of Superfast Broadband in the UK', LSE Enterprise report sponsored by Convergys Smart Revenues Solutions, 128 pp.

Dini, P, Van Der Graaf, S, and Passani, A (2012). White Paper on the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Internet of Services Research Projects, European Commission Deliverable D6.1, SEQUOIA Project.

Rivera-Leòn, Lorena; Kataishi, Rodrigo and Dini, Paolo (Forthcoming 2012). 'The Socio-Economics of Digital Ecosystems Research: Policy Analysis and Methodological Tools from an Argentinean Case Study'. In Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe: Theory, Practice and Policy in Innovation and Innovation Systems. Selected papers from the 1st ISLAE Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, 3-4 December 2009. Ashgate.

Dini, P, Iqani, M, and Mansell, R E (2011). The (Im)Possibility of Interdisciplinarity: Lessons from Constructing a Theoretical Framework for Digital Ecosystems, Journal of Culture, Theory and Critique, Vol 52, No 1, pp 3-27.

Breitstein, L and Dini, P (2011). A Social Constructivist Analysis of the 2007 Banking Crisis: Building Trust and Transparency through Community Currencies, Journal of Banking Regulation, Vol 13, No 1, pp 36-62.

Livingstone, S and Lunt, P (2012) Media Regulation: Governance and the Interests of Citizens and Consumers, Sage, London.

Mansell, R (in preparation 2013) ‘The Digital Agenda’ in K. Donders, C. Pauwels, and J. Loisen (eds) Handbook on European Media Policy. London: Palgrave.

Mansell, R (in press 2012) ‘ICTs, discourse and knowledge societies: implications for policy and practice’. In: Frau-Meigs, D and Nicey, J and Palmer, Mand Tupper, P, (eds.) From NWICO to WSIS: 30 years of communication geopolitics: actors and flows, structures and divides. Intellect, Bristol.

Mansell, R (in press 2012) ‘Policy bias and the European audiovisual media industry’. In: Jarren, O. and Künzler, M. and Puppis, M., (eds.) Media Structure and media performance: current research and new perspectives. Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), Vienna, Austria.

Mansell, R and Steinmueller, W. E (under review 2012) ‘The copyright paradox: creative destruction, re-publication and the impact of new technologies’. Industrial and Corporate Change.

Mansell, R (2012) Mobile phones: challenges of capability building. Georgetown journal of international affairs, 13 (2), ISSN 1526-0054 

Mansell, R. (in press 2012) ‘Technological Innovation, Paradox and ICTs: Challenges for Governing Institutions’, in M. E. Price and S. G. Verhulst (eds) Handbook of Media Law and Policy: A Socio-Legal Exploration. New York: Routledge.

Mansell, R and Steinmueller, W. E. (in press 2013) ‘Digital infrastructures, economies, and public policies: contending rationales and outcome assessment strategies’. In: Dutton, W. H., (ed.) The Oxford handbook of internet studies. Oxford University Press

Mansell, R and Steinmueller, W. E (2011) In the High Court of Justice, Administrative Court between The Queen on the application of (1) British Telecommunications plc (2) TalkTalk Telecom Group plc and The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, claim no. CO/7354/2010: prepared for BT. LSE Enterprise, London, UK

Mansell, R (2011) ‘Communications history and policy: introduction to section II’. In: Comor, Edward, (ed.) Media, structures and power: the Robert E. Babe collection. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada.

Mansell, R and Steinmueller, W. E (under review) ‘Copyright infringement online: the case of the Digital Economy Act judicial review in the United Kingdom’. New Media & Society.

Mansell, R and Raboy, M (eds.) (2011)The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.  and Mansell, R and Raboy, M. (2011) Introduction: foundations of the theory and practice of global media and communication policy. In: Mansell, R and Raboy, M., (eds.) Handbook on Global Media and Communication Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, New York.

Mansell, R (2011)‘New visions, old practices: policy and regulation in the internet era’. Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, 25 (1). pp. 19-32.

Mansell, R (2011) ‘Power and interests in information and communication technologies and development: exogenous and endogenous discourses in contention’. Journal of international development, Online [ICTs and Development]

Mansell, R. (2011) ‘Technology, Innovation, Power and Social Consequence’ in P. Kalantzis-Cope and K. G. Martin (eds) Properties of Technology: Mapping Emerging Digital Spaces in Contemporary Society, New York: Palgrave, pp. 13-25.

Meng, B & Wu, F. (2012) Commons/commodity: Peer production caught in the web of the commercial market. Information, Communication and Society.  DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2012.675347 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2012.675347

Meng, B (2012).  Underdetermined globalization: Media consumption via P2P networks. International Journal of Communication, 6, 467-483.

Cammaerts, B. & Meng, B. (2011). Creative destruction and copyright protection: Regulatory response to file-sharing. LSE Media Policy Project Policy Brief 1.

Meng, B. (2011). From steamed bun to grass mud horse: E gao as alternative political discourse on the Chinese Internet. Global Media and Communication 7(1), 33-51.

Cammaerts, B and Meng, B (2011) The government’s new Digital Economy Act will do little to prevent file sharing – the music industry must continue to innovate online if it is to survive. Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science

Cammaerts, B and Meng, B (2011) The DEA and our online privacy. Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science

Powell, A and Peddle, K and Shade, L R (2012) The researcher is a girl: bringing feminist perspectives into community informatics. In: Clement, A and Gurstein, M and Longford, G, (eds.) Canadian Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking. Athabasca University Press, Edmonton, Canada.

Powell, A and Shade, L R (2012) Going Wi-Fi in Canada: pioneering community and municipal initiatives. In: Clement, A and Gurstein, M and Longford, G, (eds.) Canadian Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking. Athabasca University Press, Edmonton, Canada.

Powell, A (2012) WiFi publics: defining community and technology at Montreal’s Île Sans Fil. In: Clement, A and Gurstein, M and Longford, G, (eds.) Canadian Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking. Athabasca University Press, Edmonton, Canada.

Techatassanasoontorn, A and Tapia, A and Powell, A (2011) Learning processes in municipal broadband projects: an absorptive capacity perspective. Telecommunications policy, 34 (10). pp. 572-595.

Powell, A and Cooper, A (2011) Net neutrality discourses: comparing advocacy and regulatory arguments in the United States and the United Kingdom. The information society, 27 (5). pp. 311-325.

Powell, A (2011) Metaphors, models and communicative spaces: designing local wireless infrastructure. Canadian journal of communication, 36 (1).

Tambini, D. (2013) Wikileaks, National Security and Cosmopolitanism. Chapter in Madianou, Mirca and Couldry, Nick. Media Ethics (forthcoming).

Tambini, D. (2012)  Financial Journalism and Conflicts of Interest in Hong Kong. Journal of Mass Media Ethics. Status: revised and accepted for publication in 2012.

Tambini, D (2012)  The Future of Content Regulation: A Debate Between Damian Tambini and Roger Darlington. International Journal of Digital Television. With Roger Darlington.

Tambini, D. (2012) Consumer Representation in UK Communications Policy and Regulation. INFO. Vol 14(2) March 2012.

Craufurd Smith, R and Tambini, D . (2012) Measuring Media Plurality: Policy Choices and Regulatory Challenges. Journal of Media Law Vol 4(1). 35-63.

Tambini, D (2010)  What are Financial Journalists For? (revised and updated version of Polis Pamphlet) in Journalism Studies Vol 11 No 2 April.

Tambini, D (2010)  Media Freedom in a New Media Landscape. In: Brave News Worlds: Navigating the New Media Landscape. The International Press Institute/ The Poynter Institute September, Vienna.