Professor Seamus Simpson
Professor of Media Policy
I am Professor of Media Policy in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. My research interests are in European and global communications policy. My work has been funded by the ESRC and the European Commission. I was part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers team which undertook the first EU-funded evaluation of the pan-European electronic communications regulator, BEREC, in 2012. I served as elected Vice-Chair and Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association between 2012 and 2016 and was an ICA Board of Directors member (2014-16). I am a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication (Oxford University Press). I am a member of the ESRC's Peer Review College and the Academic Management Committee of the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. I am Research Group Lead of the Communication, Cultural and Media Research Group at Salford.
Interests, Power and Media Policy
I have supervised 14 research degrees to completion and am interested in supervising PhD candidates in economic, social and political aspects of media and communications
All aspects of European and global media policy and regulatory governance
Current Externally Funded Research Project:
Sept 2015 to August 2018. International Professional Fora – A study of Civil Society Organisation Participation in Internet Governance. Co-Investigator with Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter – Principal Investigator) and George Christou (University of Warwick – Co-Investigator).
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council. Project value: £370,000
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 research works
2018 Humphreys, Peter and Seamus Simpson Regulation, Governance and Convergence in the Media Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (In Press)
2016 Simpson Seamus, Manuel Puppis and Hilda Van den Bulck (Eds) European Media Policy for the 21st Century – Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future; London: Routledge.
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.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed International Journals:
2017 Simpson, Seamus ‘European Union Telecommunications Policy’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford University Press. October. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.128
2016 Simpson, Seamus ‘Intervention, Net Neutrality and European Media Policy’, International Journal of Digital Television, 7(3), 331-46.
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
Recent International Refereed Conference Papers
2017 Simpson, Seamus and Imir Rashid ‘International Technical Standards Development as Internet Governance – the Case of Wireless Internet Communication’. Paper presented to the 2017 European Consortium for Political Research General Conference. Panel: Stakeholder Governance in
standards Development Organisations: Exploring Mechanisms of the State, Market and Civil society in Internet Governance. Oslo, 6-9 September.
2017 Rashid, Imir and Seamus Simpson ‘Spectrum Standards Development as Communication Policy Process: Spectrum Co-Existence and Civil Society’. Paper presented to the 2017 International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, USA, 25-29 May.
2016 Rashid, Imir and Seamus Simpson ‘Global Civil Society Activism and the Public Interest in the Debate on the Future Shape of Spectrum. Paper prepared for the 2016 UK Political Studies Association conference, Brighton, 21-23 March.
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.
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.
Conferences and Conference Panels Organised
2017: Content Director of the Nations and Regions Media conference, The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 28-29 March.
2016: Co-organiser (with Katharine Sarikakis, University of Vienna, Texas) of the Communication Law and Policy Division contribution to the International Communication Association Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June.
2016: Programme Chair of the Challenging Media Landscapes conference, MediacityUK, 14-15 November.
2015 Content Director of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, MediacityUK, 16-17 November
2015: Programme Chair of the Challenging Media Landscapes conference, MediacityUK, 16 November
2015: Co-organiser (with Katharine Sarikakis, University of Vienna) of the Communication Law and Policy Division contribution to the International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May.
2014: Co-organiser (with Laura Stein, University of Austin, Texas) of the Communication Law and Policy Division contribution to the International Communication Association Annual Conference, Seattle, 22-26 May.
2013: Content Director, Salford Media Festival, MediaCityUK, 18-22 November.
2013: Organiser of 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: Co-organiser (with Laura Stein, University of Austin, Texas) of the Communication Law and Policy Division contribution to the International Communication Association Annual Conference, London, 17-21 June