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)
My research focuses on the relationship between digital media and politics, including not just the politics enacted 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 democratic deliberation in politics and policymaking.
I’ve published research on various democratic uses of digital 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 digital 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’). More recently, with Lee Edwards, I worked on an AHRC-funded research project entitled ‘Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright?’, which involved running a two-day deliberative exercise with 88 members of the public to debate copyright policy and how it might change in future.
I’m the module leader for COMM2780 Media Policy, COMM2910 Communication Research Methods and COMM3910 Communication Dissertation. I also contribute to COMM1920 Introduction to Communications Theory and supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
(2016) The Mediated City: The News in a Post-Industrial Context. London: Zed.
(2015) Can the Media Serve Democracy?: Essays in Honour of Jay G. Blumler.
(2015) Understanding Copyright: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age. SAGE.
(2017) “Media, Capabilities, and Justification”, Media, Culture and Society. (Accepted)
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/112928/
(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/
(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/
(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/
(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/
(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.
(2014) “Balancing the potential and problems of digital methods through action research: methodological reflections”, Information Communication and Society. (Accepted)
(2014) “Deliberative manoeuvres in the digital darkness: E-Democracy policy in the UK”, British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 16.3: 410-427.
(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/
(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/
(2009) “Users, Uses, and Contexts of Electronic Governance”, International Journal of Electronic Governance. 2.4: 299-301.
(2008) “Governing at a distance-politicians in the blogosphere”, Information Polity. 13.1-2: 7-20.
(2008) “Convincing claims? Democracy and representation in post-9/11 Britain”, POLITICAL STUDIES. 56.3: 705-724.
(2006) “Free and Open-Source Software: Opening and Democratising eGovernment's Black Box'”, Information Policy. 11.1: 21-34.
(2005) “New Labour's Information Age Policy Programme: An Ideology Analysis'”, Journal of Political Ideologies. 10.2: 165-185.
(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
(2015) “Internet governance, rights and democratic legitimacy”, In: Handbook of Digital Politics. 377-394
(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
(2015) Introduction: Can the Media Serve Democracy?. 1-18
(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.
(2014) “Communicating copyright: Discourse and disagreement in the digital age”, In: The SAGE Handbook of Intellectual Property. 300-314
(2014) Digital Data Analysis, Public Engagement and the Social Life of Methods: Final Report. Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.3, April 2014.
(2012) Public Engagement and Cultures of Expertise. RCUK DE Communities and Cultures Network +.
(2009) Making eParticipation Policy – A European Analysis.
(2009) eParticipation Evaluation and Impact.
(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.