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LSE Media and Communications ranked top in the UK.

LSE’s Department of Media and Communications comprises internationally acclaimed faculty, and is ranked second in the world and first in the United Kingdom for its communication and media studies, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

Its status at the forefront of work in this area was confirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. An impressive 47 per cent of the Department’s research output was rated ‘world-leading’ (the highest category) and a further 44 per cent rated ‘internationally excellent’ (the second highest category). The Department was ranked top in the UK for both the quality of its research and the strength of its non-academic research impact.

Academic staff within the Department, which has grown rapidly since it was established in 2003, focus on four interdisciplinary areas: Knowledge Construction, which explores the shifting relations between knowledge producers and users; Mediated Political Agency, which looks at changing relations between the media and political and civic agency; Cultures and Identities, which examines concepts of belonging and community; and Governing Mediated Environments, which analyses the technologies, structures and processes of media and communication.

The Department houses Polis, an in-house journalism and society think tank set up in 2006 under the leadership of distinguished journalist Professor Charlie Beckett. Polis hosts high-profile events for journalists, activists, politicians and academics, cementing its reputation as the leading UK forum for debate and research on international journalism practices and ethics.

The Department’s Media Policy Project, established in 2010 and headed by former government advisor Dr Damian Tambini, promotes interaction between academics, the public and policy makers in relation to media and communications policy and research within the UK and EU.

Key research insights from the Department are shared with an impressive range of public, private and third sector organisations such as the BBC, BT and European Broadcasting Union, Facebook and Google, the World Economic Forum, Gates Foundation, Hansard Society and the Open Rights Group, UK and EU government departments, as well as UNESCO, UNICEF and Ofcom.

This engagement and expertise feeds directly into media policy and practice both in the UK and internationally. Both of the impact case studies submitted by the Department to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment were ranked world-leading.

Research by Professor Sonia Livingstone on young people’s use of online media  has, for example, shaped UK and European policy and support for children’s internet literacy and safety. The research led to the establishment of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, resulting in a formal strategy and new guidelines for this area.

Work by Professor Robin Mansell on technological innovation, inequality and social justice  has likewise contributed to national and global policy, particularly relating to citizens’ rights in the context of digital information.

Departmental results: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management|

Department home page: http://www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/Home.aspx|

LSE Impact: www.lse.ac.uk/researchimpact|

Impact Case Study Summaries