Dr Brendan Lawson

PhD Media and Communication, University of Leeds

  • University Teacher in Media and Communication

Research groups and centres

Brendan Lawson was awarded his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2020. He began working as a University Teacher at Loughborough University in Februaray 2021. His research focuses on the communication of numbers by politicians, journalists and experts, with a particularly emphasis on COVID-19.

Brendan has signed a contract with Bristol University Press to write "Life of a Number: measurement, meaning and COVID-19".

  • LAWSON, B.T. 2021. Communicating open-book governance during the NHS Winter Crisis of 2016-2017. The Information Society. Accepted.
  • LAWSON, B.T. 2021. Hiding behind databases, institutions and actors: how journalists use statistics in reporting humanitarian crises. Journalism Practice. 0(0).
  • LAWSON, B.T. 2021. Review: Quantification and Humanitarianism. Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 3(1). 53-60.
  • LAWSON, B.T. & M. LOVATT. 2021. Towards a Rhetorical Understanding of Statistics in Politics: Quantifying the NHS ‘Winter Crisis’. European Journal of Communication. 36(2). 110-124.
  • LAWSON, B.T. 2020. Using colouring and anchoring as metaphors for understanding the quantitative-qualitative split in crisis reporting. Journalism. 0(0). 1-15.
  • TASSERON, M. & B.T. LAWSON. 2020. Legitimising military action through statistics and discourse in the 2014 IDF assault on Gaza. Media, War & Conflict. 0(0). 1-19.
  • LUGO-OCANDO, J. & B.T. LAWSON, 2018. Poor Numbers, Poor News. In: NGUYEN, A. (ed.) News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 62-77.