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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 and at Oxford (UK senior military commanders).

His current research focuses on organised persuasive communication (OPC) and contemporary propaganda and has recently published with Professor Eric Herring (University of Bristol) articles on deception and OPC with respect to the 2003 Iraq invasion (see publications). 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) and has forthcoming chapters on Noam Chomsky's propaganda model in Alison Edgley (ed) Noam Chomsky and on 'Lying and Deception in Politics' in Meibauer (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Lying (Oxford University Press). He is also currently editing, along with Professor Phil Seib and Professor Romy Frohlich, the Routledge Handbook on Media, Conflict and Security expected publication 2016.

Previous research includes work on media coverage of war (ESRC large grant PI) which included the co-authored book Pockets of Resistance: British News Media, Theory and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq (Manchester University Press, 2010) and the relationship between news media, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention which included the book The CNN Effect: The Myth of News, Foreign Policy and Intervention (Routledge, 2002). He has a co-authored a research article on the CNN effect forthcoming (2016) in the Review of International Studies and a chapter on OPC, visual propaganda and the CNN Effect in Professor Roland Bleiker’s (ed) Visual World Politics.

His research has been published in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Communication, American Behavioural Scientist, Review of International Studies, Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of Communication, Political Studies, Media, War and Conflict and Media, Culture and Society 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 the ESRC Peer review College.