Dr. Emma Briant


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Emma came to the department in 2013 after gaining her PhD at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the areas of propaganda, influence and censorship in the US and UK, war reporting, counter-terrorism and governmental adaptation to a changing media environment. Her doctoral research examined Anglo-American counter-terrorism propaganda and ‘strategic communication’ since 2001, which is now the subject of her new book Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change. Her other recent published research includes analyses of media coverage of disability and asylum in the UK with the Glasgow Media Group where she worked before coming to Sheffield.

Emma is co-investigator on a £30,000 ESRC seminar series grant, ‘DATA-PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements – Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust’. She recently co-hosted seminar 2 in the series here at Sheffield on ‘Debating the Ethical and Technical Limits of Secrecy and Privacy’. Policy recommendations and full summaries can be viewed on the DATAPSST! website. She is on the editorial board for the NATO journal Defence Strategic Communications and has given a number of national and international invited talks and visits, including at George Washington University and New York University.

Emma is an associate fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for Public Understanding of Politics in the Department of Politics at Sheffield, and a member of the Digital Society Network and the Migration Research Group. She is seeking further collaborations within the university and beyond.

Emma recently won both institutional and regional awards for Student Employer of the Year and was entered in the national level competition.

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