The Political Communication research group provides a forum for researchers to discuss and investigate the ways in which power and political ideas are represented in a diversity of communication contexts.
This group aims to understand the constantly changing relationship between politics and the media across all levels of politics: from the institutional to the informal arena; from collective action to personal desires; and from public to private spheres of communication.
Central to this is its recognition of the blurring boundaries of the political, as it is increasingly (a) open to popular culture, consumerism and everyday lifestyles, and (b) bound up with international information flows and global conflicts.
The research themes of the Political Communication research group cover:
- the ‘mediatisation’ of politics and how this has altered the workings of governments and political parties
- new forms of citizenship and how they are expressed within and outside established channels of political communication
- the opportunities and challenges that emerge from the proliferation of digital communication technologies and the increasing role of promotional communication
- how media policy shapes the environment in which political communication operates.
Impact and engagement
One focus of the Political Communication research group’s impact activity is examining how power and political ideas are represented in a diversity of communication contexts. Specific focus has been on the citizen and issues of advocacy and on identity and how modes of political engagement can be fostered through new digital tools and approaches.
Recent projects have dealt with media, conflict and democratisation, representations of contemporary soldiering in the media and on the production of new digital tools to enable the visualisation of election debates.
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