Dr Piers Robinson is a political scientist and currently a co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, editor of Propaganda in Focus, member of Berlin Group21 and PANDA, convenor of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media, and associated researcher with the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror’. He has served on the boards of several academic journals.
Co-editor Propaganda in Focus. 2022 to present.
PANDA 2022 to present.
Co-Director Organisation for Propaganda Studies, 2018-present.
Professor/Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism, University of Sheffield, 2016-2019.
Visiting Professor, University of Chester, 2013-2016.
Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Manchester, 2005-2015.
Lecturer in Political Communication, University of Liverpool, 1999-2005.
He researches communication, media and world politics, focusing on conflict and war and especially the role of propaganda. His work has been cited in publications such as ‘The Responsibility to Protect’, published by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), and he has received many invitations to lecture and advise on these topics. He has lectured at the NATO Defense College in Rome and given presentations/briefings at the University of Oxford to UK senior military commanders and diplomats and also lectured at the St Cyer military academy in France. He has given public talks for Stop the War Coalition, Frome Stop the War and Media on Trial.
His current research focuses on organised persuasive communication (OPC) and contemporary propaganda. The development and application of a conceptual framework, designed to examine deceptive and non-deceptive OPC, was originally applied to the case of the 2003 Iraq War and is now published. This research has been developed into a broader research agenda aimed at theorising and researching propaganda and he is currently working on a number of projects including propaganda during the current Syrian conflict (including working with Hans von Sponeck [former UN assistant secretary general], Jose Bustani [First Director General of the OPCW] and Professor Richard Falk with Berlin Group21), propaganda during the 9/11 ‘war on terror’ and propaganda during the COVID-19 event with PANDA.
Piers actively cultivates a number of researching publishing activities aimed at engaging both the academic community and the public with the issue of deceptive and coercive OPC and contemporary propaganda. These include the Organisation for Propaganda Studies , Propaganda in Focus, PANDA, Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media, and the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror’.
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