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. 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 Defence College in Rome, given presentations/briefings at the University of Oxford to UK senior military commanders and diplomats and at 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, has been applied to the case of the 2003 Iraq War and is now published. This research is being developed into a broader research agenda aimed at theorising and researching OPC and he is currently working with on a number of projects including research funding bids examining propaganda during the current Syrian conflict, OPC and propaganda during the 9/11 ‘war on terror’, as well as a conceptual paper and a monograph on OPC and propaganda.
Piers is also involved in cultivating a number of related 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 newly established Organisation for Propaganda Studies (co-directors Professors David Miller, Chris Simpson and Mark Crispin Miller), the Network for Organised Persuasive Communication and Contemporary Propaganda and the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media.
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