Dr Darren G. Lilleker is Associate Professor in Political Communication in The Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University and is Head of the Corporate and Marketing Communication Academic Department. He is Convenor of the Centre for Politics & Media Research and teaches across the BA Politics, MA International Political Communication and MA Political Psychology programmes; and visiting professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Dr Lilleker’s expertise is in the intersecting areas of political campaigning and public engagement in politics, and in particular how public engagement can be potentiated and facilitated using innovations facilitated by digital technological developments. He has worked with the UK House of Lords as well as local communication agencies, political parties and pressure groups. Dr Lilleker has published widely on the professionalisation and marketisation of political communication and its societal impacts including Political Communication and Cognition (Palgrave, 2014), and recently has co-edited a number of special editions on this and related topics in New Media and Society, Political Communication and Medijske Studije. His current work is inspired by debates on post-truth and the concerns about fake news. He is currently editing a special edition of the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics and leading two doctoral projects exploring the extent citizens are taken in by and become mobilized through exposure to news that is exaggerated, incomplete, decontextualized or simply false. The work in this area is part of a broader project exploring media literacy education in the age of information abundance.
Associate Professor in Political Communication