Professor Seamus Simpson
Professor of Media Policy
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Seamus Simpson is Professor of Media Policy in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. His research interests lie in European and global communications media policy. Specific focus has been on a range of Internet, telecommunication, and digital media convergence governance issues. Seamus's research has been funded by the ESRC and the European Commission. He was Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded European Regulation of Internet Commerce project and is a member of the ESRC's Peer Review College. He was part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers team which undertook the first EU-funded evaluation of the pan-European electronic communications regulator, BEREC, in 2012. Seamus was elected Vice-Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association in 2011. He became division Chair in 2014 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the ICA. In 2015, Seamus joined the Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Communication as a Senior Editor (Oxford University Press).
Seamus co-organised the ICA Communication Law and Policy Division's contribution to the ICA general conferences in London (2013) and Seattle (2014) and was organizer of the 2013 workshop of the European Communication Research and Education Association Communication Law and Policy Section which took place at MediaCityUK. He was also Content Director of the 2013 Salford Media Festival, Programme Chair of the 2014 Challenging Media Landscapes conference and Content Director of the 2014 Nations and Regions Media Conference.
European and Global Media Policy (Level 7)
Interests, Power and Media Policy (L6)
Global Perspectives on Journalism (L7)
Dissertation supervision on the MA International and Online Journalism
I currently supervise 10 PhD students and am interested in supervising potential candidates in all aspects of social science approaches to media and communication
All aspects of European and global media policy and regulatory governance
Qualifications and Memberships
MA International Business and International Financial Management
PhD (European Telecommunications Policy)
Member of Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College
Member of the International Communication Association
Chair of the International Communication Association Communications Law and Policy Division
Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association, Communications Law and Policy Section
Member of the UK Political Studies Association
Books and other major authored works
2012 Pierre Philippe, Hanssens Serge, Szenci Krisztina, Kauffman Alain, Simpson Seamus, Boeger Nina, Corkin Joseph Study on the Evaluation of BEREC and the BEREC Office, Brussels: Office of Publications of the EU, 252pp.
2007 George Christou and Seamus Simpson (2007) The New Electronic Economy – European Governance Strategies in a Globalising Economy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
2005 Humphreys, Peter and Seamus Simpson (2005) Globalisation, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
2013 Co-editor with Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna) of a special issue of the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics on Imposing Freedoms: New Defaults in Media and Communications Governance, 9(3).
2014 Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Information Policy on Contemporary Issues in European Media Policy, Vol 4 (2014)
Articles in Peer-Reviewed International Journals:
2014 Simpson, Seamus ‘ Next Generation Network environments in Europe: the significance of the EU as a policy actor’, Government Information Quarterly, 31(1), 100-07.
2014 Christou, George and Simpson, Seamus ‘Shaping the global communications milieu: the EU in global Internet and telecommunications policy. Comparative European Politics, 12(1), 54-75
2013 Simpson, Seamus ‘The potential of soft governance in the EU Information Society: lessons from the EU Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework’. Information, Communication and Society, 16(6), 899-917.
2012 Simpson, Seamus ‘Evolving Communications Policy Agendas and ‘North-South’ Relations – the Internet and Telecommunications’. Communications, 37(2), 195-214.
2011 Simpson, Seamus ‘New Governance in European Union Policy Making – Policy Innovation or Political Compromise in European Telecommunications?’, West European Politics, 34(5), 1114-33
2011 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson, ‘Multilateralism, the EU and the Evolving Global Governance of the Internet’, Journal of European Public Policy, 18(2), 241-57
2010 Simpson, Seamus ‘Effective Communications Regulation in an Era of Convergence? The Case of Premium Rate Telephony and Television in the UK’ Convergence, 16(2), 217-33
2010 Simpson, Seamus ‘Governing Information Infrastructures and Services: States, Markets and the Public Interest in Telecommunications’ Aslib Proceedings, 62(1), 46-56
2009 Simpson, Seamus ‘Supranationalism and its Limits in European Telecommunications Governance - The European Electronic Communications Markets Authority Initiative’ Information, Communication and Society’, 12(8), 1224-41
2009 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘New Governance, the Internet and Country Code Top Level Domains in Europe’, Governance, 22(4), 599-624
2008 Humphreys, Peter and Seamus Simpson ‘Globalization, the ‘Competition’ State and the Rise of the ‘Regulatory’ State in European Telecommunications’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 46(4), 849-74
2007 George Christou and Seamus Simpson ‘Gaining a Stake in Global Internet Governance: the EU, ICANN and Strategic Norm Manipulation’, European Journal of Communication, 22 (2), 147-64
2006 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson “The Internet and Public-Private Governance in the European Union. Journal of Public Policy. Vol 26, 1, 43-61
2004 Simpson, Seamus “Universal Service Issues in Converging Communications
Environments: the Case of the UK.” Telecommunications Policy, 28(2004), 233-48
2004 Simpson, Seamus “Explaining the Commercialisation of the Internet: a neo-Gramscian Contribution”. Information, Communication and Society, 7:1, 50-69
2002 Simpson, Seamus and Rorden Wilkinson “Regulatory Change and Telecommunications governance: A Neo-Gramscian Analysis”. Convergence, Summer, 8(2), 30-51
2002 Halpin, Edward F. and Seamus Simpson “Between Self-Regulation and Intervention in the Networked Economy: the European Union and Internet Policy”. Journal of Information Science, 28(4), 285-296
2000 Simpson, Seamus “Intra-institutional Rivalry and Policy Entrepreneurship in the European Union: the Politics of Information and Communications Technology Convergence”, New Media and Society, Vol. 2(4): 445-466
1999 Simpson, Seamus “Regulating ICT Convergence”, Javnost/The Public, Vol 6, No3, 49-66
International Conference Papers and Presentations
2015 Simpson, Seamus ‘Convergence, Net Neutrality and European Media Policy’. Paper presented to the FACE conference, ‘European Media Policy 2015: New Contexts, New Approaches’, 9-10 April, Helsinki.
2013 Simpson Seamus ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Academics in Engaging with Media Regulators’. Keynote panel at the European Communication Research and Education Association Communication Law and Policy Division conference, Communication & Media Policy in Europe: Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future, MediaCityUK, 25-26 October.
2013 Simpson Seamus ‘Coordinating market regulation in telecommunications across the EU: the Potential for Soft Governance’. Presentation to the workshop, ‘Coordinating Market Regulation across the EU: Transnational Networks, EU Agencies and Hybrids’, Institute for Government, London, 21 June.
2011 Simpson Seamus ‘The Evolution of Next Generation Network Environments in Europe – the Significance of the EU as a Policy Actor’, Paper presented to the International Communication Association conference, Boston, USA, 26-30 May.
2011 Simpson, Seamus ‘The Potential of Soft Governance in the EU Information Society – Lessons from the European Union Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework’, Paper presented to the UK Political Studies Association Annual conference, London, 19-21 April.
2011 Simpson, Seamus ‘The Evolution of International Policy Agendas in the Regulation of Electronic Communications: the Internet and Telecommunications’. Paper presented to the 2011 International Political Science Association/European Consortium for Political Research conference, ‘Whatever Happened to North-South?’ Panel: ‘The Protection of Cultural Policy within International Regulation’, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-19 February.
2010 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘The Performance of the EU in the International Institutional Landscape of the Internet’, Paper presented to a symposium on ‘Europe in Global Governance: Performance, Reform, Power’. Rapallo, Italy, 19 October-1 November
2010 Sihvonen, Mikko and Seamus Simpson ‘Catering for Minority Interests in Public Service Media Environments: Finland and the UK’. Paper presented to the Reinterpretations of the Public Enterprise (RIPE) conference ‘Public Service Media After the Recession’, University of Westminster, London, 8-11 September.
2010 Simpson, Seamus ‘New Governance as Political Compromise in European Telecommunications: the Amended European Union Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework’. Paper presented to the 2010 International Telecommunications Society Conference, Tokyo, 25-27 June.
2010 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘The Influence of Global Internet Governance Institutions on EU Norms and Practices’, Paper presented to the workshop ‘The Influence of International Institutions on the EU’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, May 6-7.
2010 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘Shaping the Global Communications Milieu: The EU’s Influence on Internet and Telecommunications Governance"’ Paper presented to the GARNET (Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation: The Role of the EU ) conference, ‘The European Union in International Affairs’, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, 22-24 April.
2009 Simpson, Seamus ‘New Approaches to the Development of Telecommunications Infrastructures in Europe? The Evolution of European Union Policy for Next Generation Networks’. Paper presented to the 2009 ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section workshop ‘New Directions for Communication Policy Research’, Zurich, 6-7 November.
2009 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘Multilateralism, the EU and the Evolving Global Governance of the Internet’ Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, 10-12 September.
2008 Simpson, Seamus ‘Effective Communications Regulation in an Era of Convergence? The Case of Premium Rate Telephony and Television Phone-ins in the UK. Proceedings of the European Communication Research and Education Association Conference, Barcelona, 25-28 November. ISBN: 978-84-490-2570-6
2008 Simpson, Seamus ‘Pervasiveness and Efficacy in Regulatory Governance – Neo-Liberalism as Ideology and Practice in European Telecommunications Reorganisation’. Paper presented to the European Consortium for Political Research standing group on Regulatory Governance conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, 5-7 June. Available at: http://regulation.upf.edu/utrecht-08-papers/ssimpson.pdf
2008 Simpson, Seamus ‘Review of the EU’s Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework – the Significance of a Possible Electronic Communications Markets Authority’. Paper presented to the 17th Biennial International Telecommunications Society Conference, Montreal, Canada, 24-27 June, 2008. Available at: http://www.canavents.com/its2008/abstracts/203.pdf
2007 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson, ‘New Modes of Regulatory Governance for the Internet? Country Code Top Level Domains in Europe’. Paper presented to the New Modes of Regulatory Governance Panel, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Pisa, Italy, 6-8 September. Available at: http://regulation.upf.edu/index.php?id=pisa_2007#PN386.
2007 Humphreys, Peter and Seamus Simpson ‘Globalization, the ‘Competition’ State and the Rise of the ‘Regulatory’ State in European Telecommunications’. Paper presented to the International Communications Association Conference, San Francisco, USA, May 24-28.
2005 Christou George and Seamus Simpson ‘Transnational Private Governance of the Internet in the European Union: the Case of the dot eu Top Level Domain’. Paper presented to the European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions, Workshop 23: ‘Transnational Private Governance in the Global Political Economy’, Granada, Spain, April 14-19, 2005. Available at:
2004 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘Emerging Patterns of E-Commerce Governance in Europe - the European Union’s Directive on E-Commerce. Paper prepared for the 32nd Telecommunications Policy Research Conference: Communication, Information and Internet Policy. George Mason University Law School, Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 1-3.
2004 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson “Internet Policy Implementation and the Interplay between Global and Regional Levels – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the European Union (EU)”. Paper presented to the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions, Workshop 1: “International Organisations and Policy Implementation”, Uppsala, Sweden, April 13-18. Available at: http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/events/jointsessions/paperarchive/uppsala/ws1/Simpson.pdf
2003 Simpson, Seamus and Rorden Wilkinson (2003) "Governing E- Commerce: Prospects and Problems". Paper presented to the 31st Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, ‘Communication, Information and Internet Policy’, National Centre for Technology and Law, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 19-21 September. Available at: http://www.tprc.org/
2003 Simpson Seamus and Rorden Wilkinson (2003), "First-Mover Preferences, Structural Power and Path Dependency: the World Trade Organisation and E-Commerce". Paper presented to the International Research Foundation for Development, World Forum on the Information Society, Geneva, Switzerland, December 8-10.
2002 Simpson, Seamus “Harmony, Hegemony and the Internet: a Neo-Gramscian Perspective”. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual International Business and Economics (IBEC) Conference, October 11-12, St Norbert’s College, Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S. pp220-36.
2001 Simpson, Seamus and Rorden Wilkinson “Conceptualising Regulatory Change: Explaining Shifts in Telecommunications Governance”. Paper presented at the 29th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, “Communication, Information and Internet Policy”, 27-29 October, Alexandria, Virginia, US. Available at: http://www.tprc.org/
2001 Halpin, Edward F. and Seamus Simpson “Between Self-Regulation and Intervention in the Networked Economy: the European Union and Internet Policy”. Paper Presented to the European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) Conference, Vienna, Austria, 29th November to 1st December. Available at: http://www.eunip.com/
2000 Cawood, John and Seamus Simpson “Can Public Policy Widen Participation in Cyberspace? Networks, Interests and Initiatives in North West England” Proceedings of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility Conference, “Shaping the Network Society”, Seattle, May 20-23, pp 170-76.
2000 Cawood John and Seamus Simpson “Theories of Technology and the Making of Public Policy - Taking Local Action in a Global Information Society” Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Technology and Society, “University as a Bridge From Technology to Society, Rome, September 6-8, pp 297-302. ISBN 0-7803-5803-1.
1999 Simpson Seamus, “Convergence of Information and Communications Technologies: Devising an Effective Policy for the European Union.” Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research workshop, “Regulating Communications in the Multimedia Age”. ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mannheim, 26th-31st March. Published online at: "http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/jointsessions/Manpapers/w24/simpson.pdf"
Book Chapters in Edited Collections:
2015 Sihvonen Mikko and Seamus Simpson ‘Changing Media Policy Environments and the Production of News’ in Gary Graham and Anita Greenhill (eds) Journalism, New Technology and News Production, New York: Bloomsbury (in press).
2013 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘The EU in the International Institutional Landscape of the Internet’ in Knud Erik Jorgensen and Katie Laatikainen (eds) Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions, Routledge pp 344-56.
2012 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson (2012) ‘The Influence of Global Internet Governance Institutions on the EU’, in Knud-Erik Jorgensen and Oriol Costa (eds) The EU in International Institutions, London: Palgrave, pp.
2012 Simpson Seamus (2012) ‘New Approaches to the Development of Telecommunications Infrastructures in Europe? The Evolution of European Union Policy for Next Generation Networks’ in Natascha Just and Manuel Puppis (eds), New Directions in Communications Policy Research, Bristol: Intellect Books, pp.
2008 Simpson Seamus,‘The Changing Totems of European Telecommunications Governance: Liberalisation, Market Forces and the Importance of the EU Regulatory Package’ in David Ward (ed.) The European Union & the Culture Industries: Regulation and the Public Interest, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp105-24.
2008 Christou, George and Seamus Simpson ‘Limitations to Transnational Private Governance of the Internet: the dot eu Top Level Domain’ in Jean-Christophe Graz and Andreas Nolke (eds.) Transnational Private Governance in the Global Political Economy, London: Routledge, pp. 156-67
2008 Christou George and Seamus Simpson ‘International Policy Implementation Through Gate Keeping: the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ in Jutta Joachim, Bob Reinalda and Bertjan Verbeek (eds) Policy Implementation in International Organisations, London: Routledge, pp. 75-87
2005 Simpson, Seamus ‘Explaining Market Liberalisation and the Emergence of a European Union Regulatory Framework in Telecommunications: Structural Change, Globalisation and the Interplay Between National and European Levels” in Mine Bek and Deirdre Kevin (eds.) The Communications Policies of Turkey and the EU. Ankara: University of Ankara Press, pp. 39-75
2000 Cawood, John and Seamus Simpson, “Building the Information Society from the Bottom-Up? EU Public Policy and Community Informatics Initiatives in North West England” in M Gurstein (ed.) Community Informatics, London: Idea Group Publishing, pp151-172.
1996 Humphreys Peter and Seamus Simpson, European Telecommunications and Globalisation . In: P Gummett (ed.), Globalisation and Public Policy, Edward Elgar, Aldershot 1996.