In 2011 he was commissioned by NESTA to author the first review of the UK's hyperlocal sector;“Here and Now: hyperlocal in the UK” – which launched their Destination Local programme.
In 2010 he was a member of the Steering Committee for a project on London’s Digital Neighbourhoods, produced by Networked Neighbourhoods, for which he also contributed a guest paper, and in 2009 he contributed sections on hyperlocal and community media to Ofcom's report on Local and Regional Media in the UK, as well as acting as an advisor to DCMS for a Ministerial (C&binet) seminar with hyperlocal news experts from US and the UK.
Although he relocated to Qatar in 2012, Damian continues to take a keen interest in hyperlocal matters, both through his research relationship with the UK’s oldest journalism school, in Cardiff, and through regular research and articles. This includes work for the BBC College of Journalism,Journalism.co.uk and the Hyperlocal Voices series for Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog, which features interviews with practitioners and citizen journalists.
In August 2012, Roy Greensladeon the Guardian website, provided a summary and analysis of his thinkpiece for DemSoc about hyperlocal media and regulation, which was part of a pamphlet submitted to the Leveson Inquiry by the Democratic Society. The essay was also republished by both the MeejaLaw website and the Journalism Foundation.
More widely, Damian has nearly 20 years experience in media and communications. His unique CV brings together experience in radio, TV and online across the public, commercial, non-profit and regulatory sectors. A digital pioneer, in 2001 he launched the BBC's first TV app, before moving to BBC Online for two years. Between 2003-2008 he worked for a UK NGO where he led a multi-award winning partnership with the BBC's local media services. From 2008 to 2012 he undertook a variety of policy roles at the UK communications regulator Ofcom.
He is currently heads a new department at the Qatar regulator, ictQATAR, which explores the social impact of the internet and new technology in the Middle East.
Damian writes regularly about media, technology and journalism issues, and he is active across a number of social media platforms, including Twitter (@damianradcliffe) Scoop.it, and LinkedIn, as well as his personal website. His hyperlocal research packs have had over 45,000 views onSlideShare since December 2010.
Damian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and in 2012 he was made an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.