The Media and Politics Group (MPG) aims to act as a forum for discussion between a wide variety of academics with interests in the study of media policy, journalism, political communications, new information technologies and other topics.

The Group always contributes a stream of panels to the PSA annual conference, as well as running its own successful annual conference.

The next MPG Annual Conference will be held in December 2019 at the University of Leeds. The call for papers will be published in Spring 2019.

You can request lifetime membership of the MPG through the PSA website. If you are a PSA member then membership of the MPG is free.


The Group convenors are Dr Jen BirksProfessor Alec CharlesDr James DennisDr Emily Harmer, and Dr Katy Parry.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Jen Birks

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Nottingham

Alec Charles

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Winchester

James Dennis

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Portsmouth


Emily Harmer

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Liverpool

Katy Parry

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Leeds

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