Biography

My teaching, research and engagement work is all centred on the relationship between media and international development. My research is primarily concerned with media coverage of development and developing countries, although I have also written about entertainment-education, media literacy and the role of popular culture in engaging young people in politics. I teach on courses in media, politics and development at undergraduate and postgraduate level and I direct the MA in Media and International Development (MAMID) and the forthcoming BA in Media and International Development. I have recently been awarded a UEA Excellence in Teaching award. I also recently received a UEA award for community and public engagement for my work in both promoting the impact of my research and in integrating community engagement into my teaching. I have produced a number of reports, guidelines and evaluations for organisations including UNESCO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) and Mediae. I have recently become co-convenor of the Development Studies Association (DSA) ‘media and development’ study group.

My research on celebrity, UK audiences and development has recently featured on BBC Newsnight and in The New York Times, The Independent and the Daily Mail. My new book on Media and Development (Zed Books) featured in The Guardian as one of 10 recommended books for students on international development.

Career History

Before joining the University of East Anglia as a lecturer in 2009 I worked as a secondary school teacher. I have taught in secondary schools in the UK, Kenya and in the British Overseas Territory of St. Helena.

Academic Background

My PhD, from the University of East Anglia, was concerned with how television regulates spectators’ mediated experiences of Others from foreign countries. I also have an MA in International Relations and Development Studies from the School of International Development, UEA, for which I received a distinction. I have a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Geography with ICT, from Bath Spa University and a BA in Geography with Development Studies, from the University of Sussex. I have also completed a post as a research associate on an ESRC funded project in the school of Political, Social and International Studies, UEA, entitled Entertainment to Citizenship.

Contact details:
Dr. Martin Scott
Room 1.66, Arts Building
School of International Development
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ
T: +44(0)1603 593373
E: martin.scott@uea.ac.uk 

All Publications

Scott, M.

(2014)

The mediation of distant suffering: An empirical contribution beyond television news texts

in Media, Culture & Society

36.

pp. 3-19

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Street, J., Inthorn, S., Scott, M.

(2013)

From Entertainment to Citizenship; Politics and Popular Culture.

Manchester University Press

ISBN 978-0-7190-8538-3

UEA Repository

(Book)


Street, J., Inthorn, S., Scott, M.

(2012)

Playing at Politics? Popular Culture as Political Engagement

in Parliamentary Affairs

65.

pp. 338-358

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Scott, M., Jenner, C., Smith, R.

(2012)

ReViewing the World: A Review of the CBA Worldview project, International Television Coverage and the UK Media Industry

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Scott, M.

(2011)

Outside the box: UK television coverage of developing countries

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Scott, M., Street, J., Inthorn, S.

(2011)

'From entertainment to citizenship: A comparative study of the political uses of popular culture by first-time voters'

in International Journal of Cultural Studies

14.

pp. 499-514

UEA Repository

(Article)


Scott, M.

(2009)

Marginalized, negative or trivial? Coverage of Africa in the UK press

in Media, Culture & Society

31.

pp. 533-557

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Scott, M.

(2009)

Guidelines for broadcasters on encouraging media and information literacy and user-generated content

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Scott, M.

(2009)

The world in focus: How UK audiences connect with the wider world and the International Content of News in 2009

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Scott, M.

(2008)

Media literacy from the perspective of broadcasters and user-generated content producers around the world

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Scott, M.

(2008)

Screening the world: How the UK portrayed the wider world in 2007-8

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Key Research Interests

The mediation of distant suffering, mediated cosmopolitanism, media coverage of Africa, media literacy, entertainment education, politics and popular culture. 

My research is primarily concerned with media coverage of development and developing countries, although I have also written about entertainment-education, media literacy and the role of popular culture in engaging young people in politics.

See here for recent coverage of Martin's research on BBC Newsnight.

Teaching Interests

I teach on courses in media, politics and development at undergraduate and postgraduate level and I direct the MA in Media and International Development (MAMID) and the forthcoming BA in Media and International Development. I have recently been awarded a UEA Excellence in Teaching award. I currently co-supervise one PhD student – Viviane Fluck (media and disaster mitigation).