Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Giles Moss

Lecturer in Media Policy, Acting Programme Leader BA Journalism

0113 343 5826

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.35

Office hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm and Thursdays 3-4pm (please email for an appointment during non-teaching weeks)

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

Research Interests

My research and teaching focus on the relationship between new media and politics, including not just the politics that goes on through these media but also the politics that surrounds them and shapes how they are structured and used. A common theme in much of my work is the role of public engagement and deliberation in politics and policymaking.

I’ve published research on various democratic uses of new media. Working with Helen Kennedy, I recently completed an EPSRC-funded research study which investigated how local public organizations can use new digital methods as a means of knowing and engaging their local publics (‘Digital Data Analysis, Public Engagement and the Social Life of Methods’). Currently, with Stephen Coleman and Paul Wilson from the University of Leeds and Simon-Buckingham-Shum, Anna De Liddo, and Brian Plüss of the Open University, I’m working on another ESPRC project which is developing a new platform to visualize the election debates (‘Visualising the UK General Election 2015 TV Debates’). The aim of the project is to explore how visualizations and other sources of information may help citizens to understand and critically evaluate the claims put forward by political leaders.

I’ve also completed work on new media policy and regulation. Working with Bethany Klein, Lee Edwards, David Lee, and Fiona Philip, I was a co-investigator on an ESRC-funded study which investigated digital copyright policy and discourses in the UK (‘Communicating Copyright: an Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age’). I’m now finishing a book on digital copyright, with Lee Edwards and Bethany Klein.


I’m the module leader for COMM2780 Media PolicyCOMM2910 Communication Research Methods and COMM3910 Communication Dissertation. I also contribute to COMM1920 Introduction to Communications Theory 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.

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

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

Journal articles

  • Moss GS (2017) “Media, Capabilities, and Justification”, Media, Culture and Society. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/112928/

  • 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/

  • 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/

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

  • 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/

  • 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/

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 GS, Philip F (2014) “Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age”, In: David M; Halbert D (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Intellectual Property. SAGE Publications Ltd.

  • 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



  • 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:

  • Yi Liu
  • Nely Konstantinova
  • Ke Wang

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

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