Dr Michael Higgins

Senior Lecturer

Journalism, Media and Communication


Personal statement

Michael Higgins has been at the University of Strathclyde since 2007.  He has been subject leader for Journalism and established the School's highly-successful MLitt in Media and Communication.

Michael has published six books and more than seventy peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.  He has also appeared as expert analyst on a variety of media, including Al-Jazeera News, and BBC Radio 4's "Broadcasting House" and "Word of Mouth", and sat as judge for national entrants to The Press Awards.

External academic posts have included Visiting Professor in Political Communications at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome, as well as external examiner on programmes at the Universities of Cardiff, Liverpool, Nottingham and Swansea. 

Michael serves on the editorial boards of Communication Theory, Journal of Language and Politics, as well as the advisory boards for the Bloomsbury International Library of Gender and Popular Culture and LUISS's Centre for Media and Communication Studies "Massimo Baldini". He established the Mediated Populism section of Palgrave Communications and was guest editor from 2018 until 2023.

Michael's current research students look across the areas of political communications, political engagement on social media, and the representation of politics and gender.

His own research networks include the international Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Group and the Media and Politics Group of the Political Studies Association, of which he was co-convenor for a number of years.

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BA (Hons)



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- Media and Communications (Programme Leader, Masters programme)

- Journalism, Media and Communication (Undergraduate programme)

- Digital Journalism (Masters programme)

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Research Interests

- Politics and media

- Publicness and identity

- Incivility and offence in media

- Mediated populism

Professional Activities

Written evidence to UK Parliament, The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee “The future of news: impartiality, trust and technology”
What does the death of Twitter mean for Scottish politics?
British Journal of Politics and International Relations (Journal)
Peer reviewer
The changing landscape of journalism
BBC Scotland to launch new talent contests under arts coverage shake-up
Penn State University
Visiting researcher

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Kate Adie Archive
Higgins, Michael (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2009 - 31-Jan-2011

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Dr Michael Higgins
Senior Lecturer
Journalism, Media and Communication

Email: michael.higgins@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8346