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Public and Policy Engagement

Press contributions and policy briefings


September 30, 2022

This article discusses the significance of the Kremlin's formal annexation of four Ukrainian regions, whilst fighting on the ground continues to rage.

Big Ben

DCMS Call for Evidence: Misinformation and trusted voices

September, 2022

Evidence submitted to DCMS call for evidence on misinformation and trusted voices in the UK.

Kremlin on Sunset

6 September, 2022

Case study on RT and Conspiracy Theories, co-authored with Ilya Yablokov for a special report,  RT in Europe and Beyond: the wannabe elite of the anti-elites.


September 30, 2022

This article discusses the significance of the Kremlin's formal annexation of four Ukrainian regions, whilst fighting on the ground continues to rage.

Media clampdown

Express: COMMENT - Putin is clearly worried - Russia's media is becoming as censored as China's

March 4, 2022

This comment article for The Express discusses how the Kremlin's fears about public unrest about the war in Ukraine have led to a massive media crackdown.

TV Screens

The Conversation: Ukraine war: RT coverage is biased and misleading but banning the network may not be a good idea 

1 March 2022

The EU has blocked RT in Europe and YouTube has blocked it from the platform. What implications will this have going forward?

Waving the Russian Flag

The Conversation: Russia’s state broadcaster RT going all-out to boost legitimacy of rigged Duma election

September 17, 2021

This article, co-authored with Dr Ilya Yablokov, examines cover Russia's international broadcaster, RT, is covering Russia's Duma elections.


June 20, 2021

Commentary on the significance of the Putin-Biden summit in this round-up of expert takes.


January 29, 2021

This chapter for a CEPA report on the evolution of Russian hybrid warfare charts the evolution of Russia's influence efforts across various sectors in the UK in recent years, as well as the UK's official responses and the lessons learned. The full report can be downloaded here and a video of the launch discussion can be viewed here.

Television Sillouhette

June 11, 2019

EU officials have raised concerns about Russian attempts to influence the democratic process, through its international broadcaster, RT (Russia Today). But is RT an attack on democracy? And what should be done about it? 

Farage YouTube Washington

March 27, 2019

The continued uncertainty around Brexit has reignited claims that RT's promotion of Nigel Farage on YouTube helped lead to this situation. This analysis of YouTube data shows how multiple Euroskeptic media actors and mainstream British broadcasters all contribute to increasing Farage's Youtube profile.

Checking Text on a Document

December 21, 2018

What is the significance of recent rulings of the British broadcast regulator, Ofcom, against RT (Russia Today)? This article discusses the political implications this could have in a context of volatile diplomatic relations between the UK and Russia.

Planet Projector Blue

October, 2018

 Scholarly contribution to MoD's Global Strategic Trends (6th ed.) trends forecasting out to 2050.

political interview

September, 15, 2018

This article, co-authored with Dr Rhys Crilley for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, discusses how audiences of RT (Russia Today) have reacted to its coverage of the poisoning of former double-agent Sergei Skripal, in the UK. As the article shows, RT's airing of an interview with the two suspects marked a watershed in public opinion.

Sound Waves

Global Development Institute Podcast: The BRICS Uncovered

June 15, 2018

In this recent audio-documentary series, the BBC’s Stephen Sackur investigated in detail the global trends influencing the ongoing development of each of the BRICs, and their potential future directions. In this final, feature-length, episode of the series, I provide expert commentary on Russian economic and political trends following the imposition of sanctions.

Press Conference

Newsweek: Here Is How Russia Manipulates the Media to Create Unrest in the West

April 6, 2018

This is a republication by Newsweek of "Four things you need to know about Russian media manipulation strategies", which was co-authored with Prof. Vera Tolz for The Conversation

Press Conference

April 5, 2018

Co-authored with Prof. Vera Tolz for The Conversation, this article summarises the various Russian media tactics aimed at domestic and international audiences, 

Soundboard during Talk Show

March 1, 2018

This short piece, co-authored with Prof. Stephen Hutchings and Prof. Vera Tolz, examines the ways in which Russian state-funded broadcasters represented the 2018 Russian Presidential elections for both domestic and international audiences. It looks at how different outlets balanced their market imperatives and audience expectations with the interests and expectations of the firmly-entrenched political leadership.


November 27, 2017

In this article for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, Prof Vera Tolz and I argue that Putin's unveiling of a monument to victims of Soviet repression is as much about present political concerns as about history.

Mobile Phone

September 1, 2017

In this article for The Conversation, I argue that concern about 'fake news' often masks the far more subtle ways in which emotionally-loaded 'post-truth' media as a whole influence both the topics and tone of news media coverage.

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