Global Communication

Global Communication

Our research

The Global Communication research group is united by a critical focus on how communication processes instantiate power relations that cut across the local, regional and the transnational.

Researchers in this group adopt many methods and approaches and have area interests in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

The key research themes of the group include:

  • visual culture and globalization
  • development and participatory communication
  • political economy and structures of global communications
  • broadcasting, journalism and the flow of news
  • policy regimes including copyright
  • the urban in global communication
  • the representation of developing countries and development
  • the mediation of international conflict and crisis, including climate change and migration.

Impact and engagement

With a focus on the manifestation of power relations through communication processes, including those in the rapidly evolving digital realm, the Global Communication research group has worked to develop impact around issues of development and participatory communication, political economy and structures of global communications, news flow, international conflict, environmental change and migration. It has a particular focus on Africa and the developing world with recent projects looking at expanding democratic expression in the Philippines and development assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America. 

Research projects

Explore our past and present research projects here.

Academic team

Dr Chris Paterson.

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PhD researchers

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Media contacts

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