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Dr Piers Robinson - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer

Tel: 0161 275-1281

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-4.007
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Piers Robinson researches communication, media and world politics with a particular focus on conflict and war. His work has been cited in publications such as 'The Responsibility to Protect', published by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), and he has received many invitations to lecture and advise on these topics, for example at the NATO Defence College in Rome (Senior Officer Course) and at Oxford (UK senior military commanders).

His current research focuses on organised persuasive communication (OPC) and contemporary propaganda and he has recently published with Dr Eric Herring (University of Bristol) the following articles on deception and OPC with respect to the 2003 Iraq invasion: 'Report X Marks the Spot: the British Government's Deceptive Dossier on Iraq and WMD' (Political Science Quarterly, 2014) and 'Deception and Britain's Road to War in Iraq' (International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 2014). He also contributed a chapter on propaganda, 'perception management' and military intervention to At the End of Military Intervention, edited by Robert Johnson and Timothy Clack (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Recent research focused on media and war and he was lead researcher on a large grant (120K) ESRC project exploring media coverage of the 2003 Iraq invasion. This project led to a series of publications culminating in the book Pockets of Resistance: British News Media, Theory and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq (Manchester University Press, 2010) co-authored with Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray and Philip M. Taylor. His early research focused on the CNN Effect and the relationship between news media, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention and included the book The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy and Intervention (Routledge, 2002). He recently edited a special issue of the journal Media, War and Conflict on the CNN effect and which was published in 2011.

His research has been published in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Communication, Review of International Studies, Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of Communication, Political Studies, Media, War & Conflict and Media, Culture & Society. He has recently contributed chapters to The Routledge Handbook on Humanitarian Action (eds, Roger Mac Ginty and Jenny Petersen, 2015/16), Political Communication (edited by Carsten Reinemann, 2014, Der Gruyter Mouton) and Foreign Policy (eds, Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne, 2012, Oxford University Press).

He served as an editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism (2008-2011) and is currently on the editorial boards of Critical Studies on Terrorism and Media, War and Conflict. He is a member of of the ESRC Peer review College.