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Department of Media and Communications




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

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Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications. Rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

We’re hiring an Assistant Professor in Media and Communications! Application close 27 October

You can find more information about the post here.

You can access the first webinar here

Find out about the application and interview process first-hand here.


Applications for study in 2018 now open!

Education at LSE is designed for students who are keen to engage critically with their chosen discipline and who want to apply their learning to real world situations. Our postgraduate programmes are shaped to equip students, professionally and personally, for whatever they want to do afterwards.


New Report - Sky High Economics

The global airline industry is on the cusp of a connectivity revolution. Currently 3.8 billion passengers fly annually, with only around 25% of planes in the air offering them some form of onboard broadband. By 2035, it is likely that inflight connectivity will be ubiquitous across the world. In this report, Prof Robin Mansell and Dr Alexander Grous comprehensively model the socio-economic impact of the connectivity revolution on the aviation industry

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Is social media good for society? In this episode of LSE's new monthly podcast LSE IQ, Jo Bale investigates social media amid growing concerns that tech companies are putting profit before the well-being of individual users and democratic societies.

She talks to the Department's scholars Nick Couldry, Ellen Helsper, Sonia Livingstone and Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde.

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Lilie Chouliaraki

New article from Lilie Chouliaraki and Rafal Zaborowski in the International Communication Gazette.

Drawing on a Content Analysis of 1200 news articles on the 2015 refugee ‘crisis’ across eight European countries, Chouliaraki and Zaborowski address the question of whether and how refugees ‘speak' in the news, and categorize the language of these articles in terms of how they narrated the subjects, status and contexts of voice.

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Check out our recent Research Roundup, with news about the research achievements of the Department of Media and Communications over the first half of 2017.

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NEW - MSc Global Media & Communications (with University of Cape Town)

In our ever more globalised world, gaining international experience is invaluable and gives students a great knowledge and experience base to work from. This unique two year programme enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

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PhD Programmes

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or Data, Networks and Society? Submit your details here, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff.


Is the future of democracy on the web?

Professor Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Dr Nick Anstead, Assistant Professor, Media and Communications department discuss the relationship between the internet, the Government and politics. They discuss examples of institutions using the internet in the UK and Germany, the benefits and failures of these initiatives and how we can use the internet for meaningful political engagement.

What does it mean to be a citizen?

Dr Shakuntala Banaji discusses different types of citizenship, and what it means to be a citizen.Why are young people so disengaged and how can we entice them to become active citizens? Who defines what it means to be a good citizen?

Media Industries and Production in China - LSE Research in Mandarin

Dr Bingchun Meng talks to Dr Catherine Xiang about her research in communication governance and media production in the context of globalization and technological shifts.They also discuss the empowering potential of digital networks in new communicative practices, and the obstacles to this empowerment.

Children's Rights in the Digital Age - Sonia Livingstone Public Lecture

Recorded on 11 February 2015, Sonia Livingstone explored whether children’s rights are enhanced or undermined by access to the internet. A blog post by Professor Livingstone also entitled Children’s Rights in the Digital Age can be viewed at the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone - are our children safe online?

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, discusses the challenges of keeping children safe online.

Gearty Grilling: Lilie Chouliaraki on Media Ethics & Humanitarianism

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki discusses the moral implications of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.


Changing Media Landscapes: Welcome to Viceland
This article is by LSE MSc student Maureen Heydt, and covers a recent talk by CJ Fahey (pictured right), General Manager of Viceland International. CJ Fahey discussed VICELAND, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. Why did VICE start a TV channel? VICE Media is not your parents’ media company. In fact, as an originally online, youth-driven media company, they revel in […]

What makes a great leader? On understanding the public
This article is by LSE MSc student Evie Ioannidi, and covers a recent talk by Deborah Mattinson (pictured right), Founding Director of BritainThinks, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. As party conference season draws to a close, it looks like Theresa May might be in need of a break. As the BBC’s political editor so presciently tweeted, analysis […]


Parenting for a Digital Future

Digital driver’s licence
What kind of online safety messaging resonates with young people? What tools and strategies are most effective for improving digital literacy? In this post, Jeremy Blackman describes the digital driver’s licence.  Created by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, an Australian online education resource, this resource focuses on exploring the nuance of online engagement alongside ethical and moral maxims. Jeremy is Senior Advisor, Cyber […]

Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?
Yesterday, the House of Lords debated the new Data Protection Bill which will update regulations about data processing. Focussing on children’s rights to privacy, Claire Bessant outlines the legal remedies a child who objects to parental sharenting might consider using to remove sharented information. She discusses confidence, Misuse of Private Information and Data Protection to show the complexity of protecting a […]


Media Policy Project 

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?
In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the consumers’ […]

Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism
An ongoing Commons Select Committee inquiry into ‘fake news’ is expected to look in detail at the role that intermediaries of information such as Facebook and Google play.  Their significance in the online landscape is not in question: it is likely that the two companies will account for more than half of all UK digital ad revenues by the end […]