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) and by the Stop the War Coalition.

Research interests

His current research focuses on organised persuasive communication (OPC) and contemporary propaganda. The development and application of a conceptual framework, designed to examine deceptive and non-deceptive OPC, has been applied to the case of the 2003 Iraq War and is now published. This research is being developed into a broader research agenda aimed at theorising and researching OPC and he is currently working with Professor Vian Bakir (Bangor), Professor Eric Herring (Bristol) and Professor David Miller (Bath) on a number of projects including a major research funding bid aimed at examining OPC and propaganda during the post-9/11 'war on terror', a conceptual paper and a monograph on OPC.

Piers is also involved in cultivating a number of related activities aimed at engaging both the academic community and the public with the issue of deceptive and coercive OPC and contemporary propaganda. These include the recently created Network for Organised Persuasive Communication and Contemporary Propaganda and, with Professor David Miller, Dr Vian Bakir and Professor Christopher Simpson (American University, Washington DC), is in the planning stages of setting up an International Institute on OPC and Propaganda.

PhD supervision

Supervision areas include propaganda, organised persuasive communication, media and foreign policy and communications and world politics.


Details of Piers' teaching activities will appear here later.

Recent and forthcoming publications

Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security, co-editors Professor Philip Seib (USC) and Professor Romy Fröhlich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, forthcoming 2016/17.

'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 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.

'Deception and Britain's Road to War in Iraq', co-authored with Eric Herring. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 2014, 8 (2): pp. 213-232.

All publications by Piers Robinson