Dr Paul Reilly
Lecturer in Media and Communication
Room 305, Bankfield House
Telephone : 0116 252 2829
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
MA (Hons) International Relations and Modern History, University of St Andrews, 2001.
PhD Politics, University of Glasgow, 2008.
Fellow, Higher Education Academy 2012
University Teaching Fellow 2013
Prior to my appointment at Leicester I was a part-time lecturer in Politics (teaching only) at the University of Glasgow, delivering a number of modules on the MSc Political Communication and contributing towards the Media, Conflict and Change undergraduate module. I joined the Department of Media and Communication in November 2009 and have held a variety of positions including Postgraduate Admissions Tutor on the MA Mass Communications, MA Dissertation Tutor and BSc Dissertation Tutor. I was also Programme Director for the BSc Communications, Media and Society and BA Media and Sociology in 2012-13. I currently co-organise the IDeoGRAMS research group with Dr Anna Claydon.
My research focuses primarily on online political communication, with a specific interest in how social media is used to promote better community relations in divided societies. I have written one book on the role of the internet in conflict transformation in Northern Ireland (Framing the Troubles Online: Northern Irish Groups and Website Strategy, Manchester University Press 2011) and am currently writing my second on the role of social media in promoting positive intercommunity relations in the region (due 2014). My work has been published in a number of journals including New Media & Society, Policy and Internet and Urban Studies. My current research projects include a study of Youtube comments posted in response to footage of the ‘anti-tesco’ riots in Bristol and analysis of the campaigns of UK online disability activists. I have also organised a knowledge exchange seminar for the Economic Social Research Council and have been an invited speaker at events organised by the Arts Marketing Association (East Midlands), European Police College and Royal United Services Institute.
My book Framing the Troubles Online: Northern Irish groups and website strategy was published by Manchester University Press in 2011. See attached list for full details of my other publications
Teaching and Supervision
I have taught on the following modules:
▪ MS3007/8 Dissertation
▪ MS3022 Activism and Protest in the Information Age
▪ MS7027 News Management
▪ MS7039 Media and Conflict
▪ MS7042 Researching Social Media
▪ MS7302 New Media Processes
▪ MS7303 New Media Cultures
I also supervise BSc and MA dissertation students and am particularly interested to hear from prospective students who wish to undertake research related to the following areas:
▪ Alternative media activism
▪ Social media and anti-social behaviour e.g. rioting
▪ Terrorism and New Media
▪ Web 2.0 and conflict transformation
▪ Young people and Social Networking Sites
I am currently a member of the following professional bodies:
▪ British International Studies Association (BISA)
▪ Political Science Association Ireland (PSAI)
▪ Conflict Research Society