I am professor of media & communications at London South Bank University, where I am course director of the MA Journalism with Development Studies degree, and acting course director for the MA Creative Media Arts Scheme. I also teach a number of modules for BA Journalism, including Journalism & Society, Journalism Futures and Global Journalism. Further information on particular modules is available to LSBU students via Moodle.
I am interested in the relationship between the media and the political disorientations of our post-ideological era. Much of my work has focused on the role of the media in post-Cold War conflicts and international interventions, and I have extended this to look not only at the news media but also film and video games (click the ‘publications’ tab for further details).
Two key questions in my current work are how to rethink the role of journalism in the absence of contestation and engagement in the public sphere; and how to understand the tensions and contradictions in contemporary environmentalist discourse. In 2017-18 I was Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded research network on war and games, and I have recently finished a book on Climate Change and Post-Political Communication (Routledge, 2018).
I am a member of the Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association and of the European Communication Research & Education Association, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a former member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s peer review college. I’m an associate editor of the Political Communication section of Frontiers in Communication, and am also on the editorial board of Media, War & Conflict, the advisory panel of JOMEC Journal, and the international advisory board of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media. I am not a comedy doctor, and nor am I a Conservative politician.