Dr Ian Somerville

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Dr Ian Somerville

Reader in Media and Communication

Department of Media and Communication,

University of Leicester,

0.01D Bankfield House, 132 New Walk,

Leicester, LE1 7JA, UK.

 

Email: ijas1@le.ac.uk

+44 (0)116 252 3865

Personal details

I joined the department in May 2015 after working for 10 years at the University of Ulster in Belfast and before that for 12 years at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. My research in the areas of political public relations, lobbying, terrorism and public relations, public relations ethics and public relations pedagogy has been published in journals such as Public Relations Review, Public Relations Inquiry, Journal of Communication Management, Corporate Communication: An International Journal and in various edited collections.

As a member of the management team of the Organisational and Strategic Communication Section of ECREA I have, with my management team colleagues Gisela Concalves and Ana Melo, edited two volumes of selected papers from the main conferences in 2013 Istanbul and 2015 Lisbon. With Owen Hargie, Maureen Taylor and Margalit Toledano I am editing a book for Routledge’s New Directions in Public Relations Research series entitled International Public Relations: Perspectives form Deeply Divided Societies.

Other activities

I was External Examiner for the BSc Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, Napier University 2008-12 and for the BSc Public Relations, Bournemouth University 2006-2010.

I am currently a member of editorial board of the Journal of Public Relations Inquiry and of the Public Relations Review. I review for the following academic journals: International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Public Relations Research, International Studies Review, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Critique, International Journal of Communication and Journal of Communication Management. I also review for the following international academic conferences: International Communication Association (ICA) and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

In 2012 I was elected (re-elected 2014) Vice-Chair of the ‘Organisational and Strategic Communication’ Section of ECREA.

Recent awards include: 2014 National Communication Association PRIDE Award for Somerville, I. and Aroussi, S., (2013) ‘Campaigning for “Women, Peace and Security”: Transnational advocacy netwo rks at the United Nations Security Council’ in Gender and public relations: critical perspectives on voice, image and identity, C. Daymon & K. Demetrious (Eds.) London: Routledge;

2012 'Outstanding Paper’ Winner Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence  for Somerville, I and Purcell, A. (2011) ‘A history of Republican public relations in Northern Ireland from Bloody Sunday to the Good Friday Agreement’ Journal of Communication Management;

2012 National Communication Association PRIDE Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Public Relations Education’ for Somerville, I., Purcell, A., and Morrison, F. (2011) ‘Public relations education in a divided society: PR, terrorism and critical pedagogy in post-conflict Northern Ireland’, Public Relations Review.

I am currently a member of the Management Board and the REF Environment Co-ordinator for the Department of Media and Communication.

Teaching

I will be acting Programme Director MA Public Relations (2016, Semester 2).

I coordinate the following modules:

  • MS7307 Promotional Cultures
  • MS7310 Strategic Communications Management (for 2016)

Publications

Books

  • Somerville, I. Hargie, O.D.W. Taylor, M. and Toledano, M. (Eds.) (2016) Public Relations in Deeply Divided Societies: International Perspectives, London: Routledge, 259 pp.
  • Melo, A. Somerville, I. and Concalves, G. (Eds), (2015) Organisational and Strategic Communication Research: European Perspectives II, CECS Universidade do Minho: Braga,  157pp.
  • Concalves, G. Somerville, I and Melo, A. (Eds.), (2013) Organisational and Strategic Communication Research: European Perspectives, Covilha UBI: Livros LabCom, 256 pp.

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Somerville, I. and Rice, C. (2016) ‘Political public relations in a post-conflict, power-sharing government: The reflective discourses of Government Information Officers in Northern Ireland’ in Somerville, I. Hargie, O.D.W. Taylor, M. and Toledano, M. (Eds.) Public Relations in Deeply Divided Societies: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
  • Somerville, I. Hargie, O.D.W. Taylor, M. and Toledano, M. (2016) ‘Introduction: Public relations in deeply divided societies’ in Somerville, I. Hargie, O.D.W. Taylor, M. and Toledano, M. (Eds.) Public Relations in Deeply Divided Societies: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
  • Somerville, I. and Aroussi, S. (2016) Public relations, politics and the media in The Public Relations Handbook (5th Edition), Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 50-75.
  • Somerville, I. and Wood, E. (2016) Public relations and corporate social responsibility  in The Public Relations Handbook (5rd Edition), Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 197-218.
  • Wood, E. and Somerville, I. (2016) Public relations and corporate identity in The Public Relations Handbook (5rd Edition), Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 144-171.
  • Melo, A. Somerville, I. and Concalves, G. (2015) Introduction’ in Organisational and Strategic Communication Research: European Perspectives II. Melo, A. Somerville, I. and Concalves, G. (Eds),  CECS Universidade do Minho: Braga, pp. 1-3.
  • Somerville, I. and Aroussi, S. (2013) Campaigning for 'women, peace and security': transnational advocacy networks at the United Nations Security Council. In: Gender and Public Relations: Critical perspectives on voice, image and identity. London: Routledge, pp. 156-176.
  • Rice, C. Somerville, I. and Wilson, J. (2013) Government communication in a post-conflict society: Contest and negotiation in Northern Ireland's consociational democratic experiment. In: Organisational and Strategic Communication Research: European Perspectives. Concalves, G. Somerville, I and Melo, A. (Eds.), Covilha UBI: Livros LabCom, pp. 167-191.
  • Concalves, G. Somerville, I and Melo, A. (2013) Introduction. In: Organisational and Strategic Communication Research: European Perspectives. Concalves, G. Somerville, I and Melo, A. (Eds.), Covilha UBI: Livros LabCom, pp. 1-3.
  • Somerville, I. and Ramsey, P. (2012) Public relations and politics. In: The Public Relations Handbook. Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 38-59.
  • Somerville, I. and Wood, E. (2012) Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. In: The Public Relations Handbook. Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 175-194.
  • Wood, E. and Somerville, I. (2012) Public relations and  corporate communication. In: The Public Relations Handbook. Theaker, A. (Ed.), London: Routledge, pp. 126-153.
  • Somerville, I. (2011) Managing public affairs and lobbying: persuasive communication in the policy sphere. In: Moss, D. and DeSanto, B. (eds.) Public Relations: A Managerial Perspective. London: Sage, pp. 1-31.

Research, reports, etc

Research

Current research interests include public relations in conflict and post-conflict societies, government public relations, public relations/political lobbying in human rights activism and sport, communication and social exclusion. Recent grants include: June 2013 – an award of £5,700 by ConnectED Fund and the University of Ulster’s Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) to host a European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) expert conference on ‘Public Relations and Divided Societies’; June 2012 – an award of £243,000 by the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland to conduct a three year research project for the Delivering Social Change initiative. Project title: ‘Social exclusion and sport in Northern Ireland’; November 2010 – an award of £15,000 by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and Irish Football Association (IFA). Project title: ‘Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Inclusion for Young Players in Northern Ireland International Football’.

Supervision

Supervision of undergraduate and Masters research projects

I am interested to hear from prospective students who wish to undertake doctoral research related to the following interests:

  • Public relations in conflict, transitional or deeply divided societies.
  • Activist public relations and lobbying (human rights, gender equality, celebrity intermediaries and humanitarian campaigns)
  • Political public relations in the MENA (Middle East North Africa).
  • Government communication
  • Sport and promotional culture

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