Prof Seamus Simpson

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Known as

Seamus Simpson

Contact Details

University of Salford, School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, MediaCityUK

Current positions

Chair in Media Policy


Seamus Simpson is Professor of Media Policy in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford, UK. He has written extensively on European and global media governance including the volumes: Regulation, Governance and Convergence in the Media (2018, Edward Elgar) with Peter Humphreys; and Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance (2020, Oxford University Press) with Alison Harcourt and George Christou. His research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). He is a past Chair of the International Communication Association Communication Law and Policy Division and was one of the founding editors of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Communication (Oxford University Press). He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and is University of Salford Institutional Lead on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training partnership.

Areas of Research

All aspects of the regulation and governance of the communications industries.

European Union media policy

Areas of Supervision

I have supervised 23 research degrees to completion (22 PhD; 1 MPhil) and am able to supervise projects in all aspects of the cultural, economic, political and social dimensions of media and communications.


Interests, Power and Media Policy.

Political and Campaigning Journalism.

Global Perspectives on Journalism.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD

    1988 - 1992

  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College


  • Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance

    Harcourt, A., Christou, G., & Simpson, S. (2020). Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.