Phil Ramsey
  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Phil Ramsey is Lecturer in the School of Communication and Media, and a member of the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University. He returned to Ulster in August 2016 having previously been Assistant Professor in Digital and Creative Media at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (2012–2016).

He holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from the former School of Media, Film and Journalism at Ulster, where he also taught extensively between 2007 and 2012 at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the School of Communication and Media, Ramsey teaches political communication, public relations and digital media. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Phil Ramsey’s research focuses mainly on media policy and public service media in the UK, with a specific focus on the work of the BBC. His work addresses media governance and the political-economy of the UK’s media system. He has written on the use of the public value approach at the BBC, the move online of BBC Three, and debates around the devolution of broadcasting powers in the UK. Other strands of his research have dealt with cultural policy in the UK, the relationship between media and democracy, and critical approaches to political public relations.

Ramsey’s work has been published in a number of international journals that include Media, Culture & Society, Convergence, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Television & New Media, and the European Journal of Communication.

Phil Ramsey was Chair of the UK’s MeCCSA Policy Network (Media and Cultural Studies Association) January 2018-June 2021, previously serving as Vice-Chair (2017–2018). He tweets on media policy and higher education policy @ramsey_phil.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD Media Studies

Sept 2007Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Master, MA International Media Studies

Sept 2006Sept 2007

Award Date: 31 Oct 2007

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Media Studies

Sept 2003Jun 2006

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

External positions

Editorial Board Member, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Jun 2020 → …

Chair of the MeCCSA Policy Network , Media and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA).

Jan 2018Jun 2021

Vice Chair of the MeCCSA Policy Network , Media and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA).

Jan 2017Jan 2018


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