Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Giles Moss

Associate Professor in Media and Communication; Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

0113 343 5826

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.35

Office hours: Thursdays 2-3pm, Fridays 2-3pm (please email for an appointment during non-teaching weeks)

MA (Sussex), MSc, D.Phil (Oxford)

Research Interests

My research falls into two broad areas: mediated political communication and media policy. In both areas, I’m interested in the relationship between media and politics, focusing either on the media’s role in politics or how politics shapes media. Common themes in much of my work is the democratic implications of media and the role of public deliberation and engagement in politics and policymaking. My research interests include:

  • Digital media, democracy, and citizenship
  • Media and normative political theory
  • Media and communications policy
  • Public engagement and deliberation in media policymaking and governance


I’m the module leader for COMM3910 Communication Dissertation. I also contribute to COMM1920 Introduction to Communications Theory, COMM2910 Communication Research Methods, and supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.



  • Coleman S, Thumim N, Birchall C, Firmstone, Moss G, Parry K, Stamper J, Blumler JG (2016) The Mediated City: The News in a Post-Industrial Context. London: Zed.

  • Klein B, Moss G, Edwards L (2015) Understanding Copyright: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age. SAGE.

  • Coleman S, Moss G, Parry K (2015) Can the Media Serve Democracy?: Essays in Honour of Jay G. Blumler.
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137467928

Journal articles

  • Coleman S, Moss G, Martinez-Perez A (2018) “Studying Real-Time Audience Responses to Political Messages: A New Research Agenda”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 12: 1696-1714.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/129940/

  • Moss GS (2018) “Media, Capabilities, and Justification”, Media, Culture and Society. 40.1: 94-109.
    DOI: 10.1177/0163443717704998, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/112928/

  • Coleman S, Thumim N, Moss G (2016) “Researching Local News in a Big City: A Multimethod Approach”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 10: 1351-1365.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94958/

  • Coleman S, Moss G (2016) “Rethinking Election Debates: What Citizens Are Entitled to Expect”, International Journal of Press/Politics. 21.1: 3-24.
    DOI: 10.1177/1940161215609732, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90843/

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss G, Philip F (2015) “Discourse, Justification, and Critique: Towards a Legitimate Digital Copyright Regime?”, International Journal of Cultural Policy. 60-77. 21.1: 60-77.
    DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2013.874421, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89899/

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss G, Philip F (2015) “‘Isn’t it just a way to protect Walt Disney’s rights?’: Media user perspectives on copyright”, New Media and Society. 17.5: 691-707.
    DOI: 10.1177/1461444813511402

  • Moss G, Kennedy H, Moshonas S, Birchall C (2015) “Knowing your publics: The use of social media analytics in local government”, Information Polity. 20.4: 287-298.
    DOI: 10.3233/IP-150376, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91927/

  • Kennedy H, Moss G (2015) “Known or knowing publics? Social media data mining and the question of public agency”, BIG DATA & SOCIETY. 2.2
    DOI: 10.1177/2053951715611145, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91180/

  • Moss G, Coleman S (2014) “Deliberative manoeuvres in the digital darkness: E-Democracy policy in the UK”, British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 16.3: 410-427.
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-856X.12004

  • Kennedy H, Moss G, Birchall C, Moshonas S (2014) “Balancing the potential and problems of digital methods through action research: methodological reflections”, Information Communication and Society. (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.946434

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss GS, Philip F (2013) “Framing the Consumer: Copyright Regulation and the Public”, Convergence: the journal of research into new media technologies. 19.1: 9-24.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76877/

  • Coleman S, Moss GS (2012) “Under Construction: the Field of Online Deliberation Research”, Journal of Information Technology & Politics. 9.1: 1-15.
    DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2011.635957, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74384/

  • Moss GS, Wojcik S (2009) “Users, Uses, and Contexts of Electronic Governance”, International Journal of Electronic Governance. 2.4: 299-301.

  • Coleman S, Moss G (2008) “Governing at a distance-politicians in the blogosphere”, Information Polity. 13.1-2: 7-20.

  • Moss G, O'Loughlin B (2008) “Convincing claims? Democracy and representation in post-9/11 Britain”, POLITICAL STUDIES. 56.3: 705-724.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2007.00709.x

  • Berry DM, Moss GS (2006) “Free and Open-Source Software: Opening and Democratising eGovernment's Black Box'”, Information Policy. 11.1: 21-34.

  • Moss GS, O'Loughlin B (2005) “New Labour's Information Age Policy Programme: An Ideology Analysis'”, Journal of Political Ideologies. 10.2: 165-185.


  • Coleman S, Moss GS (2015) “Under construction: the field of online deliberation research”, In: Coleman S; Przybylska A; Sintomer Y (eds.) Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions. Peter Lang. 245-269

  • Moss G (2015) “Internet governance, rights and democratic legitimacy”, In: Handbook of Digital Politics. 377-394
    DOI: 10.4337/9781782548768.00033

  • Parry K, Moss G (2015) “'Values Are Always at Stake': An Interview with Jay G. Blumler”, In: Can the Media Serve Democracy?: Essays in Honour of Jay G. Blumler. 210-220
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137467928_19

  • Coleman S, Moss G, Parry K (2015) Introduction: Can the Media Serve Democracy?. 1-18
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137467928_1

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss G, Philip F (2014) “Communicating copyright: Discourse and disagreement in the digital age”, In: The SAGE Handbook of Intellectual Property. 300-314
    DOI: 10.4135/9781473910027.n17


  • Edwards L, Moss G, Karvelyte K (2017) “Living With(in) Copyright Law: What is it, how does it work, how could it change? Project Report”, In: Living With(in) Copyright Law: What is it, how does it work, how could it change? Project Report.

  • Coleman S, Blumler J, Moss G, Homer M (2015) “The 2015 Televised Election Debates; Democracy on Demand?”, In: The 2015 Televised Election Debates; Democracy on Demand?. Leeds: Leeds University Press.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92862/

  • Kennedy H, Moss GS, Birchall C, Moshonas S (2014) “Digital Data Analysis, Public Engagement and the Social Life of Methods: Final Report”, In: Digital Data Analysis, Public Engagement and the Social Life of Methods: Final Report. Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.3, April 2014.

  • Coleman S, Firmstone J, Kennedy H, Moss GS, Parry K, Thornham H, Thumim N (2012) “Public Engagement and Cultures of Expertise”, In: Public Engagement and Cultures of Expertise: RCUK DE Communities and Cultures Network + Scoping Report. RCUK DE Communities and Cultures Network +.

  • Åström J, Aicholzer G, Coleman S, Freschi A, Mambrey P, Moss GS, Vedel T (2009) Making eParticipation Policy – A European Analysis.

  • Lippa B, Aichholzer G, Allutter D, Freschi AC, Macintosh A, Moss GS, Westholm H (2009) eParticipation Evaluation and Impact.


  • Moss GS, Wojcik S (2012) “E-democracy/e-participation”, Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. New York: Oxford University Press.

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC AH/K000179/1 Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright?, with Lee Edwards (PI) (November 2016)

EPSRC EP/L003112/1 Visualising the UK General Election 2015 TV Debates, with Stephen Coleman (PI) (November 2013-October 2016)

EPSRC Digital Economy Communities and Cultures Network+, Digital Data Analysis, Public Engagement and the Social Life of Methods with Dr Helen Kennedy (PI) (Feb 2013- July 2013)

ESRC RES 062-23-3027: Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age with Dr Lee Edwards, Dr Bethany Klein (PI), and Dr David Lee (June 2011-December 2012).

Research Centres & Groups

I’m co-chair (with Dr Katy Parry) of the Political Communications research group. 

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I’m currently supervising the following doctoral students:

  • Nely Konstantinova
  • Ke Wang
  • Thomas Wellings

I welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students in the areas of my research interests.

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