Professor Richard Collins
Visiting Professor, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism
Richard Collins has held university posts, latterly as Professor, in Australia (RMIT) and the UK (Polytechnic of Central London, Goldsmiths' College, London Guildhall University, London School of Economics and the Open University) and fellowships/professorial appointments in Australia (CIRCIT and Swinburne University), Canada (Canadian Commonwealth Fellow, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario), South Africa (University of Natal, University of the Witwatersrand) and the USA (Temple University, University of Southern California). He was Head of Education and Deputy Director at the British Film Institute.
He (with Anna Coote) established the Communication Policy Research Programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research and he directed its media policy programme through the early and mid 1990s. He has been Specialist Advisor to three House of Lords' Select Committee inquiries on media issues (BBC Charter Review, public service broadcasting and digital switchover) and has given invited evidence to parliamentary inquiries in Australia, Sweden, the UK and to the European Parliament. His consultancy work includes advising the Director General of Telecommunications (Oftel) on broadcasting and convergence issues, the Governors of the SABC on broadcasting finance and governance, training for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand and various evaluation roles for the European Commission. He now acts as a volunteer media researcher and policy analyst for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
He has published widely, in the UK and overseas, and his books include:
- Three Myths of Internet Governance (2009, Bristol, Intellect)
- Culture Communication and National Identity: the Case of Canadian Television (1990, University of Toronto Press, Toronto)
- Media and Identity in Contemporary Europe: Consequences of Global Convergence (2002, Intellect, Bristol)
- From Satellite to Single Market. New Communication Technology and European Public Service Television 1982-1992 (1998, LSE Books/Routledge, London)
- (With Cristina Murroni) New Media, New Policies (1996, Polity Press, Cambridge)
- Broadcasting and Audio-Visual Policy in the European Single Market (1994, John Libbey, London)
His recent work concerns media (notably press) regulation; the European Union, social identities and the media; and the history of British imperial communications.