Dr Rhys Crilley is a Research Associate in Global Media and Communication currently working on the AHRC funded 'Reframing Russia' project.
Prior to this, Rhys completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham and was appointed as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. His expertise lie in the areas of political communication, global politics, and security studies.
Rhys is currently working on a monograph titled Legitimating War in the Digital Age. He has published in in the journals International Affairs, Journalism, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Critical Studies on Security and Critical Military Studies, as well as several chapters in edited books.
Read his publications here:
Manor, I. & Crilley, R. (2018) The aesthetics of violent extremist and counter violent extremist communication. in Bjola, C. & Pamment, J. Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy (London: Routledge) pp.121-139
Crilley, R. (2017) Seeing Syria: The Visual Politics of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces on Facebook. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 10(2-3), pp.133-158.
Crilley, R. (2016) Like and Share Forces: Making Sense of Military Social Media Sites. in Hamilton, C. & Shepherd, L. Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age. (London: Routledge) pp.51-67
In 2016 Rhys was awarded the Best Paper Award by the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and his PhD was also nominated for the BISA Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize as well as the Association of Internet Researchers Dissertation Award. Alongside this, Rhys has given talks to the London Digital Diplomacy Network, advised the SNP Youth on defence policy, and has organised a workshop on how art can be used to challenge war and militarism.
As part of the ‘Reframing Russia’ team, Rhys is working to provide new insights into the post-Cold War global media ecology through an in-depth case study of one of its most controversial actors, RT. At the Open University, Rhys is conducting social media analysis and media ethnography research with an interdisciplinary team of sociologists and computer scientists. Follow the project on ResearchGate.net and on twitter @ReframingRussia.
Rhys tweets in a personal capacity at @RhysCrilley.