Dr Amy P SmithAmy Smith profile pic

University Teacher in British Politics/Public Policy

Email: amy.p.smith@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: 0114 222 0667
Room: Elmfield, 1.1
Office hours: Monday 1pm - 2pm, Wednesday 9am - 10am.


I joined the department in September 2018. I have recently completed my PhD in Political Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the ESRC (2013-2016). My research interests are in political communication, British politics, journalism, elections and campaigning, media and technology, and agenda setting.


In 2018/19 I am teaching:

I believe that teaching is a reciprocal process. Knowledge exchanges occur not just between the tutor and students but also amongst the students themselves. I aim to give students facts and information about a topic and enable them to apply it to a real-world context. I facilitate sessions where students can draw on their own experiences of politics to apply and ground their understand of theory.


My PhD thesis, Commodification and Control: Setting the news media agenda in the 2015 UK General Election Campaign, explored how the process of agenda-setting has changed in the UK’s hybrid media system. The research drew on case studies from interviews and observations at the BBC and ITV, and information flow analysis of news stories across mainstream and social media. I demonstrated how political and media elites were able to retain control over the news media agenda setting process by harnessing power in both networked and hierarchical structures. This research was funded by the ESRC’s South East Doctoral Training Consortium.

Publications and Papers

Journal articles

Chadwick, A., McDowell-Naylor, D., Smith, A. P. and Watts, E. (2018) ‘Authority Signaling: How Relational Interactions between Journalists and Politicians Create Primary Definers in U.K. Broadcast News' Journalism. DOI: 10.1177/1464884918762848

Chadwick, A., Dennis, J. & Smith, A. P. ‘Politics in the Age of Hybrid Media: Power, Systems, and Media Logic’ in The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics by Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbo, Anders Olof Larsson, Christian Christensen (Eds.) Routledge: Abingdon.