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Professor of Communication, Cardiff University

Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

He has written widely about media, culture and politics. His books, since 2000, include Constructing Public Opinion (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), Citizens or Consumers: What the media tell us about political participation (Open University Press, 2005), Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Media Coverage of the War in Iraq (Peter Lang, 2006), Climate Change and the Media (Peter Lang, 2009) and The world of 24 hour news (Peter Lang, 2010). His latest book is Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination (Polity, 2013). He has also written books on media audiences, cultural policy and media and race.

Prof Justin Lewis at TEDxCardiff 2012 (YouTube)

Talks and Interviews

Preview to talk on Media and climate change at 2011 Hay Festival
Burning Question – 2010 documentary about climate change, public opinion and media
Talk in Dublin on media and climate change 2010
Preview from Constructing Public Opinion
Research Interests

Consumerism, sustainability and media (the subject of his next book with Polity Press)
Media and Climate Change
Politics, journalism and public opinion
Media audiences

He teaches an undergraduate module in the History of Mass Communication and Culture, and lectures across most of the Diploma, Masters and PhD programmes.

Sample of short articles

Open Democracy article on the politics of advertising
Open Democracy article – pre the phone-hacking scandal - addressing why we should be concerned about Sky
Open Democracy article on securing a more plural, diverse media
Guardian article on public opinion and the war in Iraq
Guardian article on media bias and the war in Iraq


  • –present
    Professor, Cardiff University