The subfield of Communications Studies known as International Communication has historically embraced all manner of communication taking place across international boundaries. But the term is also used more generically to include research into a huge variety of communications processes which stand apart from the immediate local or national level. At ICS, our research in International Communication cuts across many disciplines and approaches, but is broadly united by a critical focus on the manifestation of power relations through communication processes, including those in the rapidly evolving digital realm.
The International Communication Research Group (ICRG) promotes advanced research, supports postgraduate teaching and enhances understanding of international communications across the University of Leeds and beyond. The ICRG continues the work of the ICS Centre for International Communications Research which has promoted international communications research at the University of Leeds since the 1990s. Current and former ICS staff have authored and edited over forty books in the various sub-topics of communications which comprise the broad area of International Communications.
Current themes of interest to ICRG participants include:
- visual culture and globalization
- comparative political communication
- development and participation
- political economy and structures of international communications
- international broadcasting, journalism and the flow of news
- policy regimes, including copyright
- the urban in global communication
- representation in international media and the reporting of conflict
Many ICS staff have particular regional interests and expertise on Europe, southern and western Africa, southeast Asia, and the Americas.
The ICRG seeks to organise special events related to international communication as well as to serve as a venue for discussion of current research and developments in the practice of international communications. The ICRG is committed to research-led teaching, and this is demonstrated in the highly successful MA in International Communications, which has been flourishing at ICS since the 1990s with hundreds of alumni around the world. We also support a vibrant PhD programme, and we are interested in receiving proposals in all areas of international communications. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Africa / Media Group is a subgroup of the ICRG and has a focus on communications issues relevant to Africa, and it is open to staff and students from across the University of Leeds. Contact Chris Paterson, above, for information. The PhD student coordinator for the group is Toussaint Nothias.