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Simon Cottle

Professor Simon Cottle

Professor of Media and Communication / Director, Mediatized Conflict Research Group

Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau a Diwylliant

Sgwâr Canolog, Ystafell 0.62A, Caerdydd, CF10 1FS


Global Crises and the Media series

Simon is Series Editor of Global Crises and the Media, a series of 20 plus books published by Peter Lang publications. The series aims to examine and theorize the complex roles and current performance of media and communications in some of the most profound challenges confronting the world today. 

Series titles published to-date and in press include:

  • Global Journalism: Theory and Practice. (2013) Peter Berglez
  • Environmental Conflict and the Media. (2013)(Eds) Libby Lester & Brett Hutchins
  • Disasters and the Media. (2012) Mervi Pantti, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Simon Cottle
  • Transnational Protests and the Media. (2011)(Eds) Simon Cottle & Libby Lester
  • Migrations and the Media. (2011)(Eds) Kerry Moore, Bernhard Gross & Terry Threadgold.
  • Climate Change and the Media. (2009)(Eds) Justin Lewis & Tammy Boyce
  • Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives. (2009)(Eds) Stuart Allan & Einar Thorsen
  • Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. (2009) David Altheide

Forthcoming titles include:

Pandemics and the MediaMedia and Governance in a Globalized Public SphereHumanitarian NGOs and the MediaHuman Rights and the MediaWorld Population and the MediaCitizen Journalism: Global Perspectives (Volume 2)The Arab Uprising and the Media; Violence Against Women and the MediaTransnational Crime and the MediaFinancial Crises and the MediaEnergy and the MediaFood and the MediaThe Military Industrial Complex and the Media

Global Crises and the Media series flyer


Simon’s research interests broadly follow his publications to date, that include 11 books and many journal articles (see publications). He is currently preparing two new books, Humanitarian NGOs and the Media, and, with colleagues, Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings and Insecurity in the 21st Century. Recent research includes studies of:

  1. global crisis reporting with particular reference to climate change, new wars, major disasters and humanitarian crises;
  2. globalization, humanitarian NGOs and the changing media and communications environment;
  3. journalist witnessing, changing media and communications and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P);
  4. the mediated politics of dissent with reference to protests, demonstrations and the Arab Spring.

Simon’s views on the unprecedented and catastrophic nature of global crises and their critical dependence on rapidly changing media and communications are found in his book Global Crisis Reporting: Journalism in the Global Age (Open University Press 2009) (Global Crisis Reporting flyer) and article, ‘Taking Global Crises in the News Seriously: Notes From the Dark Side of Globalization’, Global Media and Communication, (2011), 7(2): 77-95.


Simon currently teaches the following Masters degree modules:

  • MCT503 Mediatized Conflicts: The Politics of Conflict Reporting
  • MCT494 Global Crisis Reporting
  • Plus guest lectures, BA, MA and PhD supervision


Simon Cottle is Professor Emeritus of Media and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University where he was formerly Head of School (2013-2015) and Deputy Head of School (2008-2013). Before this he was Inaugural Chair and Head of the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and has held honorary professorships at various universities internationally.

As well as writing, lecturing and series editing, Simon is also part of the musical duo - Kahlo - After Frida - playing flamenco inspired guitar and performing original songs about ecology and climate change at festivals and select venues around Wales and the UK South West. ( http://www.kahloafterfrida.com )