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Philip Hammond

Professor of Media & Communications
London South Bank University

Philip Hammond is Professor of Media & Communications in the School of Arts & Creative Industries at London South Bank University. He has published widely on representations of war and conflict in news, film and video games; post-Cold War international relations; and the politics of environmentalism.


I am interested in the relationship between the media and the political disorientations of our post-ideological era. Much of my work has focused on the role of the media in post-Cold War conflicts and international interventions, and I have extended this to look not only at the news media but also film and video games.

Two key questions in my current work are how to rethink the role of journalism in the absence of contestation and engagement in the public sphere; and how to understand the tensions and contradictions in contemporary environmentalist discourse. I am currently Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded research network on war and games.



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Nature Is Not Sending Us a Message

By: Philip Hammond

Amid the flurry of think pieces about the significance of the coronavirus and its implications for the future, it is often forgotten that the virus has no meaning in itself. Its significance lies only in how we react to it; its implications are imputed by us. Sadly, many have drawn highly negative lessons from the crisis, motivated by an anti-modern—and, in some cases, anti-human—environmentalist outlook.

Educating for intolerance: universities and the new elitism

By: Philip Hammond

While education is generally thought of as fostering liberal, tolerant values, it is now increasingly recognised that in certain respects education tends to result in greater intolerance. When it comes to political arguments from conflicting perspectives, the most educated are the most closed-minded. What’s more, the highly educated tend to embrace an ugly form of elitism towards those who lack formal qualifications. The problem is not the people who are less educated, in other words, but the view that the highly educated have of them.

Has big data really changed journalism?

By: Philip Hammond

It is often suggested that the advent of big data is transforming journalism. Yet, while journalism is indeed changing, digital data and computer technology are not as central to this transformation as is often reported. The really significant shift is not in the technology, as important as that is, but in epistemology. It is our view of human knowledge about the world – including the knowledge offered by journalism – that has changed.