Professor Philip Schlesinger
- Professor of Cultural Policy (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
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 - 2016) 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.
- Qin Bi: Contemporary cultural diplomacy (1st year)
- Clare Edwards: Cultural Policy in Glasgow, 1970-1989 (on maternity leave)
- Nicola Johnson: Broadcasting in Scotland, 2014 and beyond (on maternity leave)
- Ann McCluskey: Television cultures in Scotland (1st year)
- Abdulnasser Al-Abri: Government, media and conflict (1st year)
- 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.