Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Brendan Lawson

PhD Researcher

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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 intersection of humanitarian communication and statistics.



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

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