The Media Policy Project’s goal is to start conversations between policy makers, civil society actors, and media professionals about the latest media research. We want policy makers to have timely, easy access to relevant research and to the range of views held by civil society. We also work to engage the policy community with research on the policy making process itself. Additionally, we provide tools for anyone looking to stay up-to-date on media policy issues, though our briefings, event calendars, dossiers, and lists of on-going consultations.
The Media Policy Project is based in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Our 15 full-time academic staff members already address diverse constituencies and stakeholders. The Media Policy Project aims to build a constructive dialogue to ensure that departmental research projects inform stakeholders. The Department is a leader in research and analysis on the changing media and communication environment in the UK, Europe and internationally. We are always looking to strengthen our capacity to use the results of our growing portfolio of research to participate in and influence debates and agendas beyond the academic community. We also want to provide a platform for other academics to bring their research into these debates and we welcome contributions from other institutions. Please read more about our editorial policies and submitting contributions on our Editorial Policy page.
This project was inspired in part due to a major surge in interest in media and communication policy issues on the part of industry, policy makers, regulators, media practitioners and civil society organizations in the UK, the European Union and internationally. UK regulators and policy makers are acknowledging that tensions exist between markets, government, consumers, and the press. The Project engages with civil society and advocacy groups, as well as other stakeholders, in discourse on current policy issues, such as the Communications Review or continued fallout from the phone hacking scandal in the UK, ongoing Internet governance discussions, or the EC’s Digital Agenda Europe initiatives for a single telecoms market and the revisions of data protection and audiovisual media services directives.
This project was launched in January 2011 with an initial award granted by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF4) at LSE. It is now made possible by a grant from the Knowledge Exchange of the HEIF at LSE (HEIF5) and is also supported by Open Society Foundations. The project’s Director and current Chairman of the Advisory Board is Damian Tambini. The Research Officer is Catherine Speller (maternity cover for Emma Goodman) and the Research Assistant is Claire Local. The project is supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated group of interns and temporary project assistants. You can read more about the team on our Contributors page.
The LSE Media Policy Project receives valued input from a diverse Advisory Group. The Members of the Advisory Group as of May 2014 are:
Damian Tambini, Chair
Monica Arino, Ofcom
Charlie Beckett, LSE Department of Media and Communications
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange
Nick Couldry, LSE Department of Media and Communications
Jamie Cowling, Department of Transport
Tony Danker, The Guardian
Claire Enders, Enders Analysis
Jane Humphreys, DCMS
Jim Killock, Open Rights Group
Sonia Livingstone, LSE Department of Media and Communications
Simon Milner, Facebook
Nick Pearce, IPPR
James Purnell, BBC
Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow
Andrew Scott, LSE Department of Law
Mark Thompson, Open Society Foundation
Jane Tinkler, LSE Public Policy Group
Peggy Valcke, Catholic University of Leuven