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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile


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 has been Chair of the UK’s MeCCSA Policy Network (Media and Cultural Studies Association) since January 2018, previously serving as Vice-Chair (2017–2018). He tweets on media policy and higher education policy @ramsey_phil, and for the Policy Network @meccsapolicy

Education/Academic qualification


Sep 2007Jun 2011


Sep 2006Sep 2007


Sep 2003Jun 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 2018 → …

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

Jan 2017Jan 2018

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Research Output

  • 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 6 Chapter
  • 6 Other contribution
  • 3 Commissioned report

Local Public Service Media in Northern Ireland: the merit goods argument

Ramsey, P. & McDermott, P., 27 Apr 2020, Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism. Gulyas, A. & Baines, D. (eds.). Routledge, p. 448-456 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    59 Downloads (Pure)

    Cultural Policy in Northern Ireland: making cultural policy for a divided society

    Ramsey, P. & Waterhouse-Bradley, B., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 195-211

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 87 Downloads (Pure)

    Ireland: in search of reform for public service media funding

    Ramsey, P., 2018, Transparency and Funding of Public Service Media: deutsche Debatte im internationalen Kontex. Springer, p. 77-90

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 59 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    127 Downloads (Pure)


    Public Interest News Foundation (External organisation)

    Phil Ramsey (Member)
    May 2020Jun 2020

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board


    The Governance of Public Service Media in the UK: Public Value and the Market

    Phil Ramsey (Speaker)
    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Launch of BritBox in the UK

    Phil Ramsey (Other)
    10 Dec 2019

    Activity: Other

    Ecologies of Cultural Production

    Phil Ramsey (Participant)
    2 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...