Professor Seamus Simpson

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

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Current positions

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
  • Political Journalism
  • I have supervised 19 research degrees to completion (18 PhD and 1MPhil) and am interested in supervising PhD candidates in economic, social and political aspects of media and communications

Research Interests

All aspects of European and global media policy and regulatory governance

Recent 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


  • BSc Economics
  • 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
  • Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association, Communications Law and Policy Section
  • Member of the UK Political Studies Association