I work as a senior lecturer at London College of Communication, University of Arts London. I help teach under-graduates and post-graduate students about public relations, communications and social media.
Before this I used to work as consultancy director at We Are Social where we researched and analysed emerging digital trends, developed creative communications strategies and delivered training.
And before all that I did digital PR stuff with some big ol’ PR firms.
I’m currently researching a PhD with Royal Holloway‘s New Political Communication Unit. My research focuses on the mediation of power within networked media environments. I’m particularly interested in assemblage theory; post-hegemony and framing as potential ways to interpret power within the social web (whatever that means) and political communications.
I’ve authored academic research examining the shifting role of political communications in the online space and presented at international conferences.
I’m a former Non-Executive Director with the Open Rights Group, a UK based digital rights NGO which campaigns to protect civil liberties threatened by the poor implementation and regulation of digital technology.
I also sit on the Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s Social Media Advisory Panel.
Oh yeah, the views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
For more information drop me an email: simon [dot] collister [at] gmail [dot] com