Simon Cottle (BA Hons, M.Soc.Sc, PhD) is Head of School, Professor of Media and Communication and Director of the Mediatized Conflict Research Group in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC).
Before taking up his position at JOMEC, he was Inaugural Chair and Director of the Media and Communications Program (2002-2006) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Honorary and Visiting Professorships previously and currently held include: Honorary Research Professor, School of English, Journalism and European Languages, University of Tasmania; Honorary Professor, Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne; Visiting Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Örebro University; Visiting Bonnier Research Professor, Department of Media Studies (IMS), Stockholm University; Visiting Research Professor, Media and Global Communication, Department of Communication, University of Helsinki; and Faculty Fellow of the Centre for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.
Simon joined JOMEC, Cardiff University, in 2006. Before completing his PhD in Mass Communications at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at Leicester University, he taught in Sudan and Italy and worked as an Education Advisor for the Probation Service.
He has researched and written widely about the sociology of journalism, news production, research methodology and the mediation of diverse conflicts and crises. The latter include: inner city riots, demonstrations and the Arab Spring; ‘race’, racism and minority ethnicity; environment, ‘risk society’ and climate change; terrorism, war and disasters; and global crises. (See publications)
His latest books are Mediatized Conflict: Developments in Media and Conflict Studies (Open University Press, 2006), Global Crisis Reporting: Journalism in the Global Age (Open University Press, 2009),Transnational Protests and the Media (edited with Libby Lester, Peter Lang 2011) and Disasters and the Media (co-authored with Mervi Pantti and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Peter Lang 2012). He is currently preparing two new books: Humanitarian NGOs and the Media, and, with colleagues, Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Deaths and Insecurity in the 21st Century.
He is the series editor of Global Crises and Media, a major new international series of 20 plus books commissioned by Peter Lang Publisher, New York. Global Crises and the Media series flyer
He is committed to rendering research and theoretical discussion accessible for student and wider readerships and ensuring that research addresses important real-world concerns.