Professor Philip Schlesinger

  • Professor of Cultural Policy (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

telephone: 01413305036

Research interests

Research Interests

Philip is lead investigator on 'The New British Film Policy', a project conducted under the auspices of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (2015 - 2017) and lead partner in the Cultural Creativity Strand of the Horizon 2020-funded project, CulturalBase (2015 - 2017). He is co-investigator of a Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded workshops project on ‘1707 and 2014: The National Press, Civil Society and Constitutional Identity in Scotland’.


Philip Schlesinger was appointed as the University of Glasgow’s inaugural Chair in Cultural Policy and directed CCPR from January 2007 - 2013.  He is a Deputy Director of CREATe, the RCUK's Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative economy, which is led by the University of Glasgow.  He is currently Visiting Professor of Media and Communications at the LSE.  He was previously Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling and founding Director of Stirling Media Research Institute. He has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Greenwich, a Nuffield Social Science Research Fellow, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence, and has held the Queen Victoria Eugenia Chair of Doctoral Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was a longstanding Visiting Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lugano, and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Toulouse, CELSA in Paris, LUISS University in Rome, the University of Salamanca, and a Visiting Scholar at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.

He is the author of Putting 'Reality' Together (2nd ed. 1987) and Media, State and Nation (1991) and co-author of Los Intelectuales y la Sociedad de La Información (1987), Televising ‘Terrorism’ (1983), Women Viewing Violence (1992), Reporting Crime (1994) Open Scotland? (2001), Mediated Access (2003), The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council (2015) and Curators of Cultural Enterprise (2015).  His co-edited books include Media, Culture & Society (1986), Communicating Politics (1986), Culture and Power (1992), European Transformations (1994), International Media Research (1997), The Sage Handbook of Media Studies (2004) and The European Union and the Public Sphere (2007).  


Major grants and awards since 2006:

2015-17: Lead partner, Cultural Creativity Strand, CulturalBase H2020-funded project.

2015-17: Lead investigator, The New British Film Policy, a CREATe Work package.  

2013-14: Principal Investigator, ‘Supporting creative business: the Cultural Enterprise Office and its clients’, AHRC Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Grant.

2012-16: Deputy Director and Co-Investigator, Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology (CREATe), RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models for the Creative Economy.

2012-15: Co-Investigator, ‘Multi-platform media and the digital challenge: strategy, distribution and policy’, ESRC Research Grant.

2012-14: Co-Investigator, ‘The UK Film Council: a case study of film policy in Transition’, AHRC Research Grant.

2011-12: Principal Investigator, ‘21st Century Literacy’, Creative Scotland research grant. 

2009-11: Co-Investigator, ‘Music and dance: beyond copyright text?’, AHRC Network Award, ‘Beyond Text’ Programme.

2006-2008: Principal Investigator, ‘Creativity: policy and practice. A study of Government, the BBC and the UK Film Council’, AHRC Research Grant.


Additional Information

External Responsibilities

  • Philip is joint editor of the academic journal Media, Culture and Society and also on the editorial advisory boards of many other journals.
  • A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of the Social Sciences, he is currently Member for Scotland on communications regulator Ofcom's Content Board.  He was previously on the boards of the moving image agency, Scottish Screen, and of TRC Media, the creative content training body.  He was also Chairman of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Scotland.  
  • He twice chaired the RAE Panel for Culture, Communication and Media Studies and was on one occasion a panel member. He was a member of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee of the Scottish Funding Council (which funds Scottish higher and further education).
  • Philip has led a range of consultancy and research projects for the UK Government’s Know How Fund, the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the European Institute for the Media, the Home Office, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Arts Council.  He was adviser to The Scottish Parliament's Scotland Bill Committee on broadcasting. 


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Benchimol, A. and Schlesinger, P. (2017) First Minister’s referendum call rivets Scottish constitution workshop. [Website]

Schlesinger, P. (2017) John Nerone, The Media and Public Life: A History. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015. Media, Culture and Society, (doi:10.1177/0163443717692858) [Book Review]

Schlesinger, P. (2017) Contradictions of Economy and Culture. EU International Cultural Relations: A Strategic Approach, Florence, Italy, 18-19 May 2017. (Unpublished)

Schlesinger, P. (2017) The creative economy invention of a global orthodoxy. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30(1), pp. 73-90. (doi:10.1080/13511610.2016.1201651)


Schlesinger, P. (2016) Foreword. In: Last, B. (ed.) Connecting Creativity, Value and Money: CREATe Working Paper 2016/10. RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy / Cultural Enterprise Office: Glasgow, pp. 3-4.

Slaatta, T. and Schlesinger, P. (2016) Intellectual practices: an interview with Philip Schlesinger. Media, Culture and Society, 38(5), pp. 770-783. (doi:10.1177/0163443716655092)

Schlesinger, P. (2016) Whither public service broadcasting in Scotland? [Website]

Schlesinger, P. (2016) Philippe Aldrin, Nicholas Hubé, Caroline Ollivier-Yaniv et Jean-Michel Utard (dir.), "Les Médiations de l’Europe Politique". Quaderni: Communication, technologies, pouvoir, 91, pp. 123-126. [Book Review]

Schlesinger, P. (2016) UK Public Service Media in Transition: Some Brief Reflections. In: Colloque International Panam VII, Actes du Colloque, Montreal, Canada, 16-17 July 2016, pp. 94-99. ISBN 9782920752191

Schlesinger, P. (2016) The creative economy: invention of a global orthodoxy = L’économie créative : invention d’une orthodoxie globale. Enjeux de l'Information et de la Communication, 17(2), pp. 187-205.


Schlesinger, P. (2015) The Creative Economy: Invention of a Global Orthodoxy. [Website]

Schlesinger, P. (2015) On the vagaries of production research. In: Paterson, C., Lee, D., Saha, A. and Zoellner, A. (eds.) Advancing Media Production: Research Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics. Palgrave MacMillan: London, pp. 20-37. ISBN 9781137541932

Schlesinger, P. (2015) Some reflections on 'Creative Europe'. Working Paper. CulturalBase: Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities.

Doyle, G., Schlesinger, P., Boyle, R. and Kelly, L. (2015) The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748698233

Schlesinger, P., Selfe, M. and Munro, E. (2015) Curators of Cultural Enterprise: A Critical Analysis of a Creative Business Intermediary. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137478870

Schlesinger, P., Selfe, M. and Munro, E. (2015) Researching cultural enterprise office. In: Curators of Cultural Enterprise: A Critical Analysis of a Creative Business Intermediary. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137478870

Schlesinger, P. and Doyle, G. (2015) From organizational crisis to multi-platform salvation? Creative destruction and the recomposition of news media. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(3), pp. 305-323. (doi:10.1177/1464884914530223)

Schlesinger, P. and Benchimol, A. (2015) Crosscurrents Special Section: Small Nations, the Press and the Digital Challenge [Guest Editors]. Media, Culture and Society, 37(1), pp. 101-151.

Schlesinger, P. (2015) Intellectuals and cultural policies. In: Albornoz, L. A. (ed.) Power, Media, Culture: A Critical View from the Political Economy of Communication. Series: Global transformations in media and communication research. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 61-72. ISBN 9781137540072

Schlesinger, P. (2015) Transnational framings of British film policy: the case of the UK Film Council. In: Decker, C. and Böger, A. (eds.) Transnational Mediations: Negotiating Popular Culture between Europe and the United States. Series: American studies (261). Universitatätsverlag: Heidelberg, pp. 191-208. ISBN 9783825363703

Schlesinger, P. (2015) The creation and destruction of the UK Film Council. In: Oakley, K. and O’Connor, J. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Series: Routledge companions. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 464-476. ISBN 9780415706209

Schlesinger, P., Selfe, M. and Munro, E. (2015) Inside a cultural agency: team ethnography and knowledge exchange. Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 45(2), pp. 66-83. (doi:10.1080/10632921.2015.1039741)


Keightley, E. and Schlesinger, P. (2014) Digital media - social memory: remembering in digitally networked times. Media, Culture and Society, 36(6), pp. 745-747. (doi:10.1177/0163443714532985)

Schlesinger, P. (2014) Facets of the creative economy [guest editor]. Audiovisual Thinking: The Journal of Academic Videos, 2014(7),

Schlesinger, P. and Benchimol, A. (2014) Future of the Scottish press. Policy Scotland,

Schlesinger, P. and Benchimol, A. (2014) Small nations, the press and the digital challenge. Media, Culture and Society, 37(1), pp. 101-106. (doi:10.1177/0163443714553561)


Schlesinger, P. (2013) Expertise, the academy and the governance of cultural policy. Media, Culture and Society, 35(1), pp. 27-35. (doi:10.1177/0163443712464555)

Morris, N. and Schlesinger, P. (2013) Néstor García Canclini ou la confrontation avec l'impact de la postmodernité et de la mondialisation. In: Rasse, P. (ed.) La Diversité Culturelle. CNRS Editions: Paris, France. ISBN 9782271076212

Schlesinger, P. (2013) Cultural policy and the constitutional question. In: Hassan, G. and Mitchell, J. (eds.) After Independence: The State of the Scottish Nation Debate. Luath Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 272-282. ISBN 9781908373953


Schlesinger, P. (2012) Expertise, politiques publiques et économie créative: le cas Britannique. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, 193, pp. 82-97.

Schlesinger, P. and Waelde, C. (2012) Copyright and cultural work: an exploration. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 25(1), pp. 11-28. (doi:10.1080/13511610.2012.655575)


Schlesinger, P. (2011) Intelectuales y políticas culturales. In: Albornoz, L.A. (ed.) Poder, Medios, Cultura: Una Mirada Crítica desde la Economía Política de la Comunicación. Series: Colección Estudios de Comunicación. Paidós: Buenos Aires, Argentina, pp. 93-108. ISBN 9789501227352

Schlesinger, P. (2011) Los intelectuales y política cultural. In: Bustamante, E. (ed.) Indústrias Creativas: Amenazas sobre la cultural digital. Gésida Editorial: Madrid, pp. 81-96. ISBN 9788497846110

Schlesinger, P. (2011) The most creative organization in the world? The BBC, ‘creativity’ and managerial style. In: Bilton, C. (ed.) Creativity and Cultural Policy. Routledge: London, pp. 41-56. ISBN 9780415697606

Schlesinger, P. and Sorice, M. (2011) Le metamorfosi della società e della radiodiffusione di servizio pubblico. Nuova Civilta delle Macchine, 3, pp. 187-204.

Schlesinger, P. and Sorice, M. (2011) The Transformation of Society and Public Service Broadcasting. Series: CMCS Working Paper (1). Centre for Media and Communication Studies.

Schlesinger, P. and Strycharz, J. [i.] (2011) Influencing the world of practice: CCPR in Scotland. In: Nowe Perspektywy: Nauki Spolecznedla Gospodarki. Wyzsza Szkola Europejska: Krakow, pp. 401-414. ISBN 9788360005187

Schlesinger, P. and Waelde, C. (2011) Performers on the edge [video]. Audiovisual Thinking: The Journal of Academic Videos, 2011(3),

Waelde, C. and Schlesinger, P. (2011) Music and dance: beyond copyright text? SCRIPT-ed, 8(3), pp. 257-291.


Schlesinger, P. (2010) The most creative organization in the world? The BBC, 'creativity' and managerial style. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 16(3), pp. 271-285. (doi:10.1080/10286630903302766)

Schlesinger, P. (2010) Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith (eds), Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio Gramsci. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 16(1), pp. 72-73. (doi:10.1080/10286630902952421) [Book Review]

Morris, N. and Schlesinger, P. (2010) Frontieres culturelles: identite et communication en Amerique Latine. In: Rasse, P. (ed.) La Mondialisation de la Communication. Series: Les essentiels d'hermès. CNRS Editions: Paris, France, pp. 73-91. ISBN 9782271070333

Schlesinger, P. (2010) I Valori Della Ricerca e le Politiche Culturali. Series: CMCS Working Papers Series. LUISS University: Roma, Italy. ISBN 9788865360101

Schlesinger, P. (2010) Tv: per un servizio pubblico europeo. Nuova Civilta delle Macchine, 28(4), pp. 181-192.


Schlesinger, P. (2009) The politics of cultural policy. Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture, 19(38), pp. 75-89.

Schlesinger, P. (2009) Creativity and the experts: New Labour, think tanks, and the policy process. International Journal of Press/Politics, 14(1), pp. 3-20. (doi:10.1177/1940161208328898)

Magor, M. and Schlesinger, P. (2009) 'For this relief much thanks.' Taxation, film policy and the UK government. Screen, 50(3), pp. 299-317. (doi:10.1093/screen/hjp017)

Schlesinger, P. (2009) Cultural and communications policy and the stateless nation. Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 1(1), pp. 9-14.

Schlesinger, P. (2009) En busca de la creatividad. Hacia una nueva cartografía. Telos: Cuadernos de Comunicación e Innovación, 81, pp. 103-105.

Schlesinger, P. (2009) "Identidades tradicionales y nuevas comunidades": una lectura. In: Castellanos, G., Grueso, D.I. and Rodríguez, M. (eds.) Identidad, Cultura y Política: Perspectivas Conceptuales, Miradas Empíricas. Universidad del Valle: Cali, Columbia, pp. 103-108. ISBN 9789586707565

Schlesinger, P. (2009) The SNP, cultural policy and the idea of the "creative economy". In: Hassan, G. (ed.) The Modern SNP: From Protest to Power. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 135-146. ISBN 9780748639908

Schlesinger, P. (2009) A cosmopolitan temptation. In: Salovaara-Moring, I. (ed.) Manufacturing Europe: Spaces of Democracy, Diversity and Communication. Nordicom: University of Gothenburg, pp. 67-78. ISBN 9789189471733

Schlesinger, P. (2009) The politics of media and cultural policy. Working Paper. LSE.


Schlesinger, P. (2008) 'The Babel of Europe?': An essay on networks and communicative spaces. In: Mathew, A.F. (ed.) Some Essays on Post-Modernism, Globalization & The Media. MICA: Ahmedabad, India, pp. 13-34.

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Broadcasting policy and the Scottish question. In: Gardham, T. and Levy, D.A.L. (eds.) The Price of Plurality: Choice, Diversity and Broadcasting Institutions in the Digital Age. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Oxford, pp. 155-161. ISBN 9780955888908

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Communications policy. In: Blain, N. and Hutchison, D. (eds.) The Media in Scotland. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 35-51. ISBN 9780748628001

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Cosmopolitan temptations, communicative spaces and the European Union. In: Hesmondhalgh, D. and Toynbee, J. (eds.) The Media and Social Theory. Series: Culture, economy and the social. Routledge: New York, USA, pp. 75-92. ISBN 9780415447997

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Exiles and ethnographers: an essay. In: Uricchio, W. (ed.) We Europeans? Media, Representations, Identities. Intellect Books: Bristol, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9781841502076

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Huellas de conocimiento en J. Martin Barbero. Revista Anthropos, 219, pp. 104-112.

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Uma tentaçào cosmopolita. Matrizes, 2, pp. 139-152.

Schlesinger, P. (2008) Una tentación cosmopolita. Cuadernos de Informacion y Comunicacion, 13, pp. 25-37.


Schlesinger, P. (2007) A cosmopolitan temptation. European Journal of Communication, 22(4), pp. 413-426. (doi:10.1177/0267323107083059)

Schlesinger, P. (2007) Creativity: from discourse to doctrine. Screen, 48(3), pp. 399-387. (doi:10.1093/screen/hjm037)

Schlesinger, P. (2007) The Babel of Europe? Networks and communicative spaces. In: Castiglione, D. and Longman, C. (eds.) The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies: Political, Legal and Social Perspectives. Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society. Hart Publishing: Oxford, UK, pp. 253-272. ISBN 9781841136677

Schlesinger, P. (2007) Nacion y espacio communicativo. In: Luchessi, L. and Rodríguez, M.G. (eds.) Fronteras Globales: Culturas Politica y Medios de Communicacion. La Crujia Ediciones: Buenos Aires, pp. 65-91. ISBN 9789876010214

Schlesinger, P. and Foret, F. (2007) Le réligieux dans la légitimation de l'union européenne. In: Foret, F. (ed.) L'espace Public Européen a L'épreuve du Réligieux. Editions de L'université de Bruxelles: Brussels, Belgium, pp. 229-249. ISBN 978280043938

Schlesinger, P. and Fossum, J.E. (2007) The European Union and the public sphere: a communicative space in the making? Series: Routledge studies on democratizing Europe. Routledge (Taylor and Francis). ISBN 9780415384568


Schlesinger, P. (2006) Exiles and ethnographers: an essay. Social Science Information, 45(1), pp. 53-77. (doi:10.1177/0539018406061103)

Schlesinger, P. (2006) Is there a crisis in British journalism? Media, Culture and Society, 28(2), pp. 299-307. (doi:10.1177/0163443706061691)

Schlesinger, P. (2006) Political roof and sacred canopy: religion and the EU constitution. European Journal of Social Theory, 9(1), pp. 59-81. (doi:10.1177/1368431006060463)


Schlesinger, P. (2005) Devolution and communications policy in Scotland. In: Miller, W.L. (ed.) Anglo-Scottish Relations from 1900 to Devolution and Beyond. Series: Proceedings of the British Academy (128). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 217-230. ISBN 9780197263310


Schlesinger, P. (2004) W.G. Sebald and the condition of exile. Theory, Culture and Society, 21(2), pp. 43-67. (doi:10.1177/0263276404042134)

Downing, J., McQuail, D., Schlesinger, P. and Wartella, E. (2004) The SAGE handbook of media studies. Sage. ISBN ISBN: 0761921699

Schlesinger, P. (2004) Essai sur l'ethnographie littéraire. Questions de Communication, 6, pp. 283-298.

Schlesinger, P. (2004) On the irrelevance of the Cold War: some reflections on the work of W.G. Sebald. In: Janssens, R. and Kroes, R. (eds.) Post-Cold War Europe, Post-Cold War America. Series: European contributions to American studies (55). VU University Press: Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 108-118. ISBN 9789053839164

Schlesinger, P. (2004) The new communications agenda in Scotland. Scottish Affairs, 47, pp. 16-40.


McNair, B., Hibberd, M. and Schlesinger, P. (2003) Mediated access: broadcasting and democratic participation in the age of mediated politics. University of Luton Press. ISBN 1860205925

Schlesinger, P. (2003) On literary ethnography: an essay. In: Rønning, H., Solum, O., Liestøl, G. and Skov, B. (eds.) Mellom Mediene: Helge Rønning 60 År. Unipub: Oslo, Norway, pp. 105-118. ISBN 9788274771383


Schlesinger, P. (2002) Media and belonging: the changing shape of political communication in the European Union. In: Hedetoft, U. and Hjort, M. (eds.) The Postnational Self: Belonging and Identity. Series: Public worlds (10). University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, USA, pp. 35-52. ISBN 9780816639366


Schlesinger, P., Miller, D. and Dinan, W. (2001) Open Scotland? Journalists, spin doctors and lobbyists. Polygon. ISBN 1902930282


Schlesinger, P. (1997) From cultural defence to political culture: media, politics and collective identity in the European Union. In: Thussu, D.K. (ed.) International Communications. Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Communication, 1. SAGE Publications, pp. 369-391. ISBN 9780857029874

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