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Yr Athro Simon Cottle

Yr Athro Simon Cottle

Professor of Media and Communication / Director, Mediatized Conflict Research Group

+44 (0)29 208 74506
0.62A, Sgwâr Canolog, Caerdydd, CF10 1FS


Global Crises and the Media series

Simon is Series Editor of Global Crises and the Media, a series of 20 plus books published by Peter Lang publications. The series aims to examine and theorize the complex roles and current performance of media and communications in some of the most profound challenges confronting the world today. 

Series titles published to-date and in press include:

  • Global Journalism: Theory and Practice. (2013) Peter Berglez
  • Environmental Conflict and the Media. (2013)(Eds) Libby Lester & Brett Hutchins
  • Disasters and the Media. (2012) Mervi Pantti, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Simon Cottle
  • Transnational Protests and the Media. (2011)(Eds) Simon Cottle & Libby Lester
  • Migrations and the Media. (2011)(Eds) Kerry Moore, Bernhard Gross & Terry Threadgold.
  • Climate Change and the Media. (2009)(Eds) Justin Lewis & Tammy Boyce
  • Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives. (2009)(Eds) Stuart Allan & Einar Thorsen
  • Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. (2009) David Altheide

Forthcoming titles include:

Pandemics and the MediaMedia and Governance in a Globalized Public SphereHumanitarian NGOs and the MediaHuman Rights and the MediaWorld Population and the MediaCitizen Journalism: Global Perspectives (Volume 2)The Arab Uprising and the Media; Violence Against Women and the MediaTransnational Crime and the MediaFinancial Crises and the MediaEnergy and the MediaFood and the MediaThe Military Industrial Complex and the Media

Global Crises and the Media series flyer










  • Cottle, S. 2012. Mediatized disasters in the Global Age: on the ritualization of catastrophe. In: Alexander, J. C., Jacobs, R. and Smith, P. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 259-283.
  • Cottle, S. 2012. Series Editor's Preface. In: Moore, K., Gross, B. and Threadgold, T. R. eds. Migrations and the Media. Global Crises and the Media Vol. 6. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. ix-x.
  • Pantti, M., Wahl-Jorgensen, K. and Cottle, S. 2012. Disasters and the media. Global Crises and the Media Vol. 7. New York: Peter Lang.



  • Cottle, S. 2010. Global cries and world news ecology. In: Allan, S. ed. The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 473-484.
  • Cottle, S. 2010. Foreward. In: Matthews, J. ed. Producing Serious News for Citizen Children: A Study of the BBC’s Children’s Program 'Newsround'. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. v-ix.
  • Cottle, S. 2010. Global crises and world news ecology. In: Allan, S. ed. The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 473-484.
  • Cottle, S. 2010. Forward. In: Samuel-Azran, T. ed. Al Jazeera and US War Coverage. New York: Peter Lang, pp. ix-xi.
  • Rai, M. and Cottle, S. 2010. Global news revisited: mapping the contemporary landscape of satellite television news. In: Cushion, S. and Lewis, J. M. W. eds. The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 51-79.








Simon currently teaches the following Masters degree modules:

  • MCT503 Mediatized Conflicts: The Politics of Conflict Reporting
  • MCT494 Global Crisis Reporting
  • Plus guest lectures, BA, MA and PhD supervision

Simon’s research interests broadly follow his publications to date, that include 11 books and many journal articles (see publications). He is currently preparing two new books, Humanitarian NGOs and the Media, and, with colleagues, Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings and Insecurity in the 21st Century. Recent research includes studies of:

  1. global crisis reporting with particular reference to climate change, new wars, major disasters and humanitarian crises;
  2. globalization, humanitarian NGOs and the changing media and communications environment;
  3. journalist witnessing, changing media and communications and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P);
  4. the mediated politics of dissent with reference to protests, demonstrations and the Arab Spring.

Simon’s views on the unprecedented and catastrophic nature of global crises and their critical dependence on rapidly changing media and communications are found in his book Global Crisis Reporting: Journalism in the Global Age (Open University Press 2009) (Global Crisis Reporting flyer) and article, ‘Taking Global Crises in the News Seriously: Notes From the Dark Side of Globalization’, Global Media and Communication, (2011), 7(2): 77-95.


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