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Professor Simon Cottle

Professor Simon Cottle

Professor Emeritus Media and Communication

Email
cottles@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 74506
Campuses
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS

Overview

Summary

Simon Cottle is Professor Emeritus, Media and Communication, in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University where he was formerly Head of School (2013-2015) and Deputy Head of School (2008-2013). Before this he was Inaugural Chair and Head of the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and has held  honorary professorships at various universities internationally.

Simon is the author of 13 books and c150 articles, chapters and reports on media, conflicts and global crises. Recent books include: Global Crisis Reporting (2009),Transational Protests and the Media (Ed. with L.Lester)(2011), Disasters and the Media (with M.Pantti and K.Wahl-Jorgensen (2012), Humanitarianism, Communication and Change (Ed. with G.Cooper)(2015), and Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings, Intimidation and Security (with R.Sambrook and N.Mosdell)(2016).

Current Research

Simon is now writing and lecturing on ecological and civilizational collapse and how journalism can and must perform better in communicating pathways to transition and processes of societal transformation. He is currently writing Reporting Civilizational Collapse: A Wake-Up Call (Routledge 2023) and Communicating a World-in-Crisis (Ed.)(Peter Lang 2023), and contemplating a further volume, The Owl of Minerva takes Flight at Dusk: Communicating Deep Ecology in an Age of Transformation. Simon offers guest lectures to universities around the world on these subjects.

Global Crises and the Media Series

Simon is also Series Editor of the Global Crises and the Media series published by Peter Lang - a series of 27 plus research monographs and edited volumes. 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. Prospective authors are welcome to get in touch to discuss their ideas for a resarch monograph or edited volume (CottleS@cardiff.ac.uk). 

Series titles to-date include the following:

1) Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives. (2009) (Eds.) S. Allan & E. Thorsen.

2) Terror Post 9/11 and the Media. (2009) D. Altheide.

3) Climate Change and the Media. (2009) (Eds.) J. Lewis & T. Boyce.

4) Transnational Protests and the Media. (2011) (Eds.) S. Cottle & L. Lester.

5) Migrations and the (2011) (Eds.) K. Moore, B. Gross & T. Threadgold.

6) Disasters and the Media. (2012) M. Pantti, K. Wahl-Jorgensen & S. Cottle.

7) Environmental Conflict and the Media (2013) (Eds.) L. Lester & B. Hutchins.

8) Global Journalism: Theory and Practice (2013) P. Berglez.

9) Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume II. (2014) (Eds.) E. Thorsen & S. Allan.

10) Pandemics and the Media (2015) M. Levina.

11) Patents, Pills and the Press: The Rise and Fall of the Global HIV/AIDS Medicines Crisis in the News. (2015) T. Owen.

12) Global News: Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism (2015) A. Robertson.

13) Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century. (2015) L.Dencik & P. Wilkin.

14) The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflicts. (2015) (Eds.) M. Eskjær, S. Hjarvard & M. Mortensen.

15) Humanitarianism, Communications, and Change. (2015) (Eds.) S. Cottle &  G. Cooper.

16) Human Rights and the Media. (2016) S. Dias

17) Climate Change and the Media, Volume II. (2016) (Eds.) J. Lewis & B.Brevini

18) Communication and Political Crisis: Media and Governance in a Globalized Public Sphere. (2016) B. McNair.

19) Media and the Ukraine Crisis: Hybrid Media Practices and Narratives of Conflict, (2016)(Ed.) M. Pantti.

20) Mourning News: Reporting of Violent Death in the Global News. (2017) T. Morse.

21) Media and Transnational Climate Justice (2018) (Eds.) A.Roosvall and M.Tegelberg.

22) Debating Migration as a Public Issue (2018) (Eds.)C.Beciu, M, Ciocea, I.Madroane, & A. Carlan.

23) The Mediation of Financial Crises (2020) S. Knowles.

24) The Ethics of Sustainable Communication (forthcoming) U.Olausson.

25) Mediatized Environmental Lawfare (forthcoming) C.Konkes.

26) Communicating a World-in-Crisis (forthcoming) (Ed.) S.Cottle.

27) Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume III. (forthcoming) (Eds.) S.Allan & E. Thorsen.

Biography

Simon Cottle is Professor Emeritus of Media and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University where he was formerly Head of School (2013-2015) and Deputy Head of School (2008-2013). Before this he was Inaugural Chair and Head of the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and has held honorary professorships at various universities internationally.

Publications

2021

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • 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.

2011

2010

  • 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.

2009

2008

2007

2006

2004

1998

Teaching

Simon has taught and written extensively on conflict and global crisis reporting, including environment, ecology and climate change; transnational protests and demonstrations; riots and civil insurrection;  wars and terror; ethnicity and racism; and disasters and humanitarian catastrophes. He now lectures and writes on ecological and civilizational collapse and how journalism can and must perform better in communicating pathways to transition and processes of societal transformation. He is currently writing Reporting Civilizational Collapse: A Wake-Up Call (Routledge 2023) and Communicating a World-in-Crisis (Peter Lang 2023and contemplating writing a thrd volume, The Owl of Minerva takes Flight at Dusk: Communicating Deep Ecology in an Age of Transformation. Simon offers guest lectures to universities around the world on these subjects.

Current Research

Simon's current resarch builds on his work on global crisis reporting. He now writes and lectures on ecological and civilizational collapse and how journalism can and must perform better in communicating pathways to transition and processes of societal transformation. He is currently writing Reporting Civilizational Collapse: A Wake-Up Call (Routledge 2023), and Communicating a World-in-Crisis (Ed. Peter Lang), and thinking about writing a further volume, The Owl of Minerva takes Flight at Dusk: Communicating Deep Ecology in an Age of Transformation. He is also writing about ecologicsal dissimulation in war reporting in the context of today's world-in-crisis (forthcoming) and other writings on communications ina world-in-crisis. Simon offers guest lectures to universities around the world on these and other subjects.

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) and his recent and future publications such as:

Reporting Civilizational Collapse: A Wake-Up Call.' (Routledge 2023, forthcoming)

Communicating a World-in-Crisis. (Ed. Peter Lang, 2023, forthcoming)

'Reporting Civilisational Collapse: Research Notes from a World-in-Crisis' (article, forthcoming)

'Ukraine Reporting: Ecological Dissimulation in a Dying world.' in M.Pantti and M.Mortessen (Eds) Media and the Ukraine Crisis.Volume II. New York: Peter Lang 2023. 

'On the Edge of the World: Peace and Conflict Reporting in a World-in-Crisis' pp.10-31. In K.Orgeret (Ed) Insights on Peace and Conflict Reporting.' (2022) London: Routledge.

‘Taking Global Crises in the News Seriously: Notes From the Dark Side of Globalization’, Global Media and Communication, (2011), 7(2): 77-95.

Other recent publications include:

(2022)  ‘Protests, Publics and Participation (still in an Environmental Age)’ With L. Lester in A. Hansen and R. Cox (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication. London: Routledge 2nd revised edition. 

(2021) ‘Humanitarian Imagery: Historical Registers in the Representation of Atrocity’  pp. 351-372 in L.Chouliaraki and A.Vestergaard (Eds.) Handbook of Humanitarian Communication. London: Routledge.

(2021) ‘COVID-19: A Wake-Up Call. But Who’s Listening?’ Three-D Issue 35, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), pp.5-6 (10.3.21) https://www.meccsa.org.uk/nl/three-d-issue-35-a-wake-up-call-but-whos-listening/
or: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2om9icsxet2ewu5/MeCCSA-ThreeD-Issue35-v1.pdf?dl=0

(2020) ‘Reporting Covid-19: A Wake-Up Call? InPublishing 14/12/2020 (https://www.inpublishing.co.uk/articles/reporting-covid-19-a-wake-up-call-17028)

(2020) ‘Reporting COVID-19: A Wake-Up Call to our World-In-Crisis?’ in J. Mair. (Ed) The Pandemic, Where are we still Going Wrong: A Very Public Inquiry ? pp.187-192.  Goring: Bite Sized Books.

(2019) ‘Journalism Coming of (Global) Age, II.’ Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 20(1): 102-105.

(2019)  ‘Beyond Rwanda? Reporting Atrocity in a Changing Communication Environment.’ pp. 159-181. In A. Thompson (Ed.) Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond. Canada: CIGI Press. 

(2017) ‘Journalist Killings and the Responsibility to Report’ pp.21-32 in Ulla Carlson and Reeta Pöyhtäri (Eds.) The Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression. Gothenburg: Nordicom.  

(2017) ‘Communication, Human (In)Security and the Responsibility to Protect’ pp.321- 333 in P. Robinson, P. Seib & R. Fröhlich, (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. London: Taylor and Francis. 

Supervision

Past projects

Ph.D. Principal Supervisor, Muhammed Ilyas, 'A Case Sudy of how news media operated in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) during the 'war on terror.' JOMEC, Cardiff University (2015-2022)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Ahmed Othman, ‘Disaster and Democratic Communications: A Case Study of Oman TV News Coverage of Natural Disasters.’ JOMEC, Cardiff University (2015-2022)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Idil Osman, ‘The Role of the Somali Media in Somalia’s Ongoing Civil War’, JOMEC, Cardiff University (2011-2015)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Susana Dampio Dias ‘Humanitarian Rights and Portuguese Television’ JOMEC, Cardiff University (2009-2014)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Phansasiri Kularb ‘Thai Journalism and the Reporting of Thailand’s Southern Conflict’ JOMEC, Cardiff University (2009-2013)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Jonathan Cable ‘Protest in Action: An Examination of the Production, Media Representation and Reflexivity of Protest Group Communications Strategies and Protest Tactics' JOMEC, Cardiff University (2007-2012)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Max Pettigrew ‘The Oxygen of Publicity and the Suffocation of Censorship: British Newspaper Representations of the Broadcasting Ban (1988-1994)’, JOMEC, Cardiff University (2010-2011)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Adeyinka Oduwole, ‘Publics, Policy-Making and Democracy in the European Union: Regulating the Audiovisual Media Services Sector’ JOMEC, Cardiff University (2006-2009)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Alexander Puplampu, ‘Radio Ghana’s coverage of HIV/Aids in Prime-Time Radio News.’ JOMEC, Cardiff University, (2005-2008)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Colleen Murrell, University of Melbourne, ‘Publicly Funded International Broadcasting in a New Age: Politics, Purposes and Propaganda’ (2004 - 2006)

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Mugdha Rai, University of Melbourne, ‘Media Representations of State Sovereignty: A Comparative Study of International Law Debates in Australia, the US and India’ (2004 - 2006).

Ph.D Principal  Supervisor, Tal Azran, University of Melbourne, ‘”Contra-Flow” in Global News: A Case Study of U.S. Media’s Re-presentation of Al-Jazeera’s News Material in the Wake of 9/11 (2002 - 2006).

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Libby Lester, University of Melbourne, ‘Contesting  Wilderness: Media, Movement and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania’ (2004-2005).

Ph.D Principal Supervisor, Julian Matthews, Brunel University, ‘Childrens' TV News: Production and Representations of Risk’ (Sept 1997 - 2001).