Research, Impact & Knowledge Transfer

Research awards

  • ESRC funded: CI on DATA – PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements – Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust. PI Vian Bakir (Bangor) Value: £30,000 Our 2-year ESRC Seminar Series (2015-16) explored, from multi-disciplinary and multi-end user perspectives, how different aspects of transparency, whether state-imposed, commercially-imposed, peer-imposed, or voluntarily entered into, affect questions of privacy, security, surveillance and trust.
  • Initiator and Co-Investigator on TSB funded “Interactive Social Experience Engine (iSEE) for History and Heritage – A Dorset Prehistoric Feasibility Study” a partnership project between Brunel University and Dorset County Museum. Six month project completed 31st August 2014, value £55,000. Follow on bid in place.
  • Fellowship grant: Learning & Teaching Fellowship from University College Falmouth to investigate the e-learning with special regard to the use of audio and video tools for the delivery of distance and blended pedagogy and use on VLEs. Report entitled “Virtual worlds in Journalism Education”. Awarded February 2008, delivered Spring 2009
  • Research bids made (unsuccessful):
  • Gaber I, Lashmar P, Piazza, R and Webb P.  “Corbyn, Broadcasters and Bias”. Application to ESRC open grant. Submitted November 2016 for £150,000. Not awarded but had excellent peer reviews (May 2017) so will be resubmitted to another funding body.
  • PI or CI within Brunel on four unsuccessful grant applications including as PI on a £750,000 AHRC bid. I am keen on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to grant bids.

Consultancy: Political-intelligence Elites: Towards Better Public Accountability through a Co-created Benchmark for Civil Society to enable PI Vian Bakir (Bangor University) to better deliver impact activities on that project. From October 2016.

Impact and Knowledge Transfer (also Industry links)

Jury member and presenter: British Journalism Awards 2017, Connaught Rooms, London

Professional Jury: Royal Television Society Awards 2015. On panel for International Current Affairs. Jan 2016.

Consultant and interviewee. Channel 5 documentary Britain’s Biggest Bank Robbery. One hour. Transmitted 23 November 2015

Gave evidence to the House of Lords Communication Committee on Tuesday 8th November 2011 Their Lordships were inquiring into the future of UK Investigative Journalism and wanted to, in particular, to take evidence from me on the training of investigative journalists in Universities. You can see the video on: from 1 Hour 30 mins onwards Adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism. CIJ is the centre for excellence in investigative journalism. It is also the founding body for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Consultant to Cold War, Hot Jets. BBC TV series. Broadcast Nov 2013. Can be seen at

Consultant to Film Producer Chris Morris for his feature Film Four Lions released in summer 2010.

Ian McEwan novel “Sweet Tooth” Jonathan Cape (2012) cites and acknowledges Lashmar, P. and Oliver, J. 1998. “Britain’s Secret Propaganda War” Sutton, as primary source.

PhD Supervision: Dr Sawsun Taha “The Role of Broadcasting Media in Political Conflict; Representation of the Palestinian Internal Fighting in the Arab Satellite Channels”. 2013-2015. Second supervisor Brunel University.

Currently: Umar Suleiman Jahun. “#Nigeriavotes: A Newsroom Observation of Daily Trust Daily Trust Newspapers Coverage of the 2015 election in Nigeria.” Second Supervisor.