Piers RobinsonProfessor Piers Robinson

Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism

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Email: piers.robinson@sheffield.ac.uk
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Piers Robinson is Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism (Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Manchester 2005-2011; Lecturer in Political Communication, University of Liverpool 1999-2005). He researches communication, media and world politics, focusing 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, at Oxford (UK senior military commanders), St Cyer French military academy, the Stop the War Coalition, ‘Media on Trial’ and at RAF Molesworth.

Research interests

Piers' current research focuses on organised persuasive communication (OPC) and contemporary propaganda, with a particular focus on the current war in Syria. He is co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies (OPS) and convenes the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media. Recent published work includes a new conceptual approach for theorising propaganda and analysis of propaganda and deception in relation to the 'war on terror' and the 2003 Iraq invasion (ses publications). He is currently writing a research monograph on OPC and contemporary propaganda with Professor David Miller (Bristol).

He has recently been appointed as speciality section editor (political communication) for the journal Frontiers in Communication. He also convenes three research networks: Organised Persuasive Communication and Contemporary Propaganda Network; Syria, Media and Propaganda Network; and the War on Terror and Propaganda Network.

Piers regularly provides comment to a range of media outlets, including BBC, RT and Sky News, and has published articles in Open Democracy and The Guardian.

PhD supervision

Current or recent supervision areas include propaganda and the war in Syria, organised persuasive communication, media and foreign policy as well as communications and world politics.

PhD study in the Department of Journalism Studies


Current teaching includes Research Methods, Introduction to Political Communication and Propaganda, Media and Conflict.

Recent and forthcoming publications

'Organised Persuasive Communication: A New Conceptual Framework for Research on Promotional Culture, Public Relations and Propaganda' (co-authors Vian Bakir, Eric Herring and David Miller), Critical Sociology (2018).

'Learning from the Chilcot Report: Propaganda, deception and the 'war on terror', International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (2017).

'The Media and Foreign Policy' in the Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017).

'Moving Media and Conflict Studies beyond the CNN Effect', co-authored with Eytan Gilboa, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Jason Miklian. Review of International Studies (available online first) 2016.

'Report X Marks the Spot: the British Government’s Deceptive Dossier on Iraq and WMD', co-authored with Eric Herring. Political Science Quarterly, 2014/15, 129 (4): 551-584 (2014).

'Deception and Lying in Politics' (co-authors Vian Bakir, Eric Herring and David Miller) in Oxford Handbook on Lying (ed. Jorg Mauber), Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018.

Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security, co-editors Professor Philip Seib (USC) and Professor Romy Fröhlich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, forthcoming 2016.

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