Dr Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer in Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. She is currently Research Director of ICS and Program Leader of the MA in Political Communication. Her research interests focus on the role of the media in emerging democracies in a comparative perspective. She has also widely published on the changing relationship between politics and the media in established Western democracies, the interplay between the media and public policymaking and media influences on citizens’ political orientations. Her most recent book goes by the name of Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change. Case Studies on Contested Transitions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Other books include The Media in Transitional Democracies, published by Polity Press (2013), Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy; Challenging the Primacy of Politics (ed. with Kees Brants), Palgrave 2011; and Public Policy and Mass Media. The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making (ed. with Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten), Routledge 2010.
Katrin Voltmer is Associate Editor of Communications at The European Journal of Communication Research and member of the Editorial Board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. She has been Chair of the Political Communication Section of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). She has been member of the ECREA Executive Board and Treasurer since 2012.
Read the abstract of the paper Professor Hobbs presented for STI's What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Communication meeting.