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Philip Schlesinger

Professor in Cultural Policy, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow
Deputy Director, CREATe RCUK Centre
Visiting Professor, Media and Communications, LSE

Email: Philip.Schlesinger@glasgow.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)141 330 5036



Philip Schlesinger was appointed as the University of Glasgow’s inaugural Chair in Cultural Policy in 2007.  He is a Deputy Director of CREATe, the RCUK’s Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy and a Visiting Professor of Media and Communications at the LSE.  He has held a wide range of fellowships and visiting chairs including a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the EUI, the Queen Victoria Eugenia Chair of Doctoral Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid, the UNAM/Roces Chair in Communication at the University of Salamanca, an Adjunct Professorship in Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, and visiting professorships at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Toulouse, CELSA-Sorbonne in Paris, LUISS in Rome, and he was twice a Visiting Scholar at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.

Aside from having written numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of Putting ‘Reality’ Together (2nd ed. 1987) and Media, State and Nation (1991) and co-author of Los Intelectuales y la Sociedad de La Información (1987), Televising ‘Terrorism’ (1983), Women Viewing Violence (1992), Reporting Crime (1994) Open Scotland? (2001), Mediated Access (2003), The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council (2015) and Curators of Cultural Enterprise (2015).  His co-edited books include Media, Culture & Society (1986), Communicating Politics (1986), Culture and Power (1992), European Transformations (1994), International Media Research (1997), The Sage Handbook of Media Studies (2004) and The European Union and the Public Sphere (2007).  His work at various times has been translated into Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Turkish and Portuguese. 

Philip is joint editor of the academic journal Media, Culture and Society and also sits on the editorial advisory boards of many other journals in the humanities and social sciences. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Arts,  Royal Society of Edinburgh and Academy of the Social Sciences, and is currently Member for Scotland on UK communications regulator Ofcom’s Content Board, which regulates editorial issues and considers strategic questions in the audiovisual media field.

While at Robert Schuman Centre, Philip will work on digital culture and the transformation of the public sphere, with particular reference to nations, states, and collective identities. He is also pursuing related work on the politics of expertise.

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