Media Centre

Press releases

Loughborough academic named as next Editor-in-Chief of international journal

A Loughborough academic and acclaimed expert in political communication research has been announced as the next Editor-in-Chief of a leading international journal.

Dr Cristian Vaccari joined the University in January as an Excellence100 appointment, a campaign launched in 2017 to recruit up to 100 outstanding academics across a wide range of disciplines.

He will take over the role of Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics (IJPP), a top interdisciplinary journal focusing on the intersection between journalism and politics, in January 2019.

Dr Vaccari is a Reader in Political Communication in the University’s School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences and a member of its Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Before joining Loughborough he taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Bologna.

His research investigates how political parties, campaign organisations and citizens engage with one another on digital media, and how in the process they negotiate meanings, identities, resources, and, ultimately, power.

For two consecutive years Dr Vaccari has won American Political Science Association prizes for the best article published in the fields of Political Communication and Information Technology and Politics.

He published his first book – Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study – in 2013, and his second, provisionally titled Outside the Bubble: Social Media and Political Participation in Western Democracies, is due to be published in 2020.

Speaking about his new role as Editor-in-Chief, Dr Vaccari said: “The intersection between media and politics is central to the health and functioning of democratic societies. The International Journal of Press/Politics has always published path-breaking research on these topics, based on a plurality of approaches, a variety of methods, and a distinctive international and comparative outlook. Editing the journal will be a fantastic opportunity to strengthen its distinctive profile, serve the outstanding research communities that contribute to it, and tackle important debates in our societies.”

The outgoing IJPP editor, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen from the University of Oxford, added: “Cristian Vaccari is an ideal new editor for the journal. His research is of outstanding quality and internationally recognized. He has long proven his commitment to comparative and globally-oriented work. And he has consistently demonstrated his interest in and respect for the wide range of different theories and methods that inform all the best kinds of research in our area.”

IJPP is a SAGE Publishing journal. SAGE is a leading provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year across the globe, spanning a wide range of subject areas.

“Dr Vaccari’s work addressing critical issues in digital media and comparative politics make him the ideal candidate for Editor-in-Chief of IJPP,” commented Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Global Journals at SAGE Publishing. “We are confident that the journal will flourish under his editorial leadership and look forward to supporting him in his efforts.” 

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 18/68

Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on 01509 223491. Bookings can be made online via www.globelynx.com

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

Categories

Categories

ResearchUniversity

Related expert

Resources

High quality photo

Contacts

Judy Wing

PR Manager

Telephone: 01509 228697