Jake Mason

Jake MasonJake began his studies with BA Modern Languages at the University of Sheffield, specialising in German, Dutch and Luxembourgish. For postgraduate study, he transferred to the University's Department of Journalism Studies to take the MA International Political Communication. Alongside his PhD research, Jake maintains his links with the Department of Germanic Studies and has presented research on the performative power of strategic communication and implications for political and sociological research into Luxembourg Studies.

Jake is the PGR representative for the Department of Journalism Studies and he currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules: JNL120 Essential Journalism and JNL6027 Journalism, Globalisation and Development. He also runs Widening Participation workshops for secondary school pupils between the ages of 14-18 as part of the University's outreach programme. These workshops introduce pupils to the concepts of ‘fake news’ and political propaganda.


PhD title

Selling spin: The privatisation of propaganda and its implications for democratic governance


Primary supervisor: Piers Robinson

Secondary supervisor: John Steel

Research project

Jake's doctoral research addresses the role of the Private Security Industry (PSI) in the provision of strategic communication. He is using a mixed-method approach to investigate the British government's procurement of strategic communication, with reference to the ‘revolving door’ between suppliers and civil servants. The purpose of this is to use empirical data to conceptualise the role of elite networks in public procurement.



'Syria Civil Defence and the Syrian Civil War: Understanding the Dutch government's role in the production of Anglo-American propaganda', 12th Biennial Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies, 30 June 2018

'Strategic communication: What does it mean for Luxembourg Studies?', Language Identities and Multimodalities, 04 May 2018, University of Sheffield

'Persecution, Minorities and Sanctions: What Does the Iraq Inquiry Tell Us About British Propaganda?', SLC Postgraduate Research Colloquium 2017: Memory, Minorities and Repression



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