Simon is Series Editor of Global Crises and the Media, a series of 20 plus books published by Peter Lang publications. The series aims to examine and theorize the complex roles and current performance of media and communications in some of the most profound challenges confronting the world today.
Series titles published to-date and in press include:
Forthcoming titles include:
Pandemics and the Media; Media and Governance in a Globalized Public Sphere; Humanitarian NGOs and the Media; Human Rights and the Media; World Population and the Media; Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives (Volume 2); The Arab Uprising and the Media; Violence Against Women and the Media; Transnational Crime and the Media; Financial Crises and the Media; Energy and the Media; Food and the Media; The Military Industrial Complex and the Media
Simon’s research interests broadly follow his publications to date, that include 11 books and many journal articles (see publications). He is currently preparing two new books, Humanitarian NGOs and the Media, and, with colleagues, Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings and Insecurity in the 21st Century. Recent research includes studies of:
1) global crisis reporting with particular reference to climate change, new wars, major disasters and humanitarian crises;
2) globalization, humanitarian NGOs and the changing media and communications environment;
3) journalist witnessing, changing media and communications and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P);
4) the mediated politics of dissent with reference to protests, demonstrations and the Arab Spring.
Simon’s views on the unprecedented and catastrophic nature of global crises and their critical dependence on rapidly changing media and communications are found in his book Global Crisis Reporting: Journalism in the Global Age (Open University Press 2009)
‘Taking Global Crises in the News Seriously: Notes From the Dark Side of Globalization’, Global Media and Communication, (2011), 7(2): 77-95.
Simon currently teaches the following Masters degree modules: