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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 has an international reputation for his work on the relationship between communications, media and world politics with particular focus on media, war and humanitarian crises. His work has been cited in publications such as 'The Responsibility to Protect', published by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), as well as having received many invitations to lecture, for example at the NATO Defence College in Rome.

His most recent major research project focused on media and war and he lead a major ESRC project exploring media coverage of the 2003 Iraq invasion. This project has led to a series of publications culminating in the book Pockets of Resistance: British news media theory and the 2003 invasion of Iraq (co-authored with Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray and Philip M. Taylor) (Manchester University Press: Manchester and New York, 2010). Invited chapter on news media and war have also been published recently in the Sage Handbook of Political Communication (eds. Holli Semetko and Maggie Scammell), the Political Communication, Handbook of Communication Science (ed. Carsten Reinneman) and in New Directions in Media and Politics, (ed, Travis Rider). He is co-author (with Dr Eric Herring, Bristol) of 'Report X Marks the Spot: the British Government's deceptive dossier on Iraq and WMD', forthcoming 2014.

His early work focused on the CNN effect and the relationship between news media, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention and his book The CNN Effect: the myth of news, foreign policy and intervention (Routledge, 2002) is the most widely cited work on this topic. He has recently edited a special issue of the journal Media, War and Conflict on the CNN effect published in 2011. He recently talked at the Peace Research Instituate Oslo (PRIO) at an event titled '24 Hour Media and War: 20 Years of the CNN Effect', see He is currently working on propaganda and 'organised political persuasion'.

He served previously as an editor of the Journal Critical Studies on Terrorism (Routledge) and is currently on the editorial board of Critical Studies on Terrorism (Routledge) and Media, War and Conflict (Sage). He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.