Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Brendan Lawson


Clothworkers' Building North

Brendan is a PhD Researcher in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. He previously gained an MA Media in Development at SOAS, London, and a BA in History from the University of Leeds.

He’s currently supported by the ESRC’s 1+3 full scholarship, exploring the use of numbers by UK news media professionals when covering humanitarian crises.



After receiving his BA History, Brendan moved to London to complete his MA Media in Development from SOAS. During a three year break, he worked for a speciality coffee company as Head of Quality Control, returning to start his Phd in September 2016.

Research Interests

– The use of statistics in humanitarian crises communication

– The audience’s relationship with statistics communication

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Brendan is currently co-supervised by:

Dr. Jairo Lugo-Ocando covers two strands of research: the intersection between journalism, development and poverty/social exclusion; and the use of statistics by journalists and the news media.

Dr. Chris Paterson explores four main areas: the production and flow of international news; the safety of journalists; media and journalism in Africa; and communication for development.


PhD Thesis

Watch this space.

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