Philip Hammond (academic)

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Philip Hammond is visiting professor of Media and Communications at London South Bank University.[1]

Professor Phil Hammond is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a former member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s peer review college. He is an associate editor of the Political Communication section of Frontiers in Communication, and is also on the editorial board of Media, War & Conflict, the advisory panel of JOMEC Journal, and the international advisory board of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media.


Professor Hammond has written widely on the role of the media in post-Cold War conflicts and international interventions. Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts (Manchester University Press, 2007), presents a comparative study of this area, examining UK press coverage across six different crises. The book empirically tests the sometimes contradictory claims that have been made about news coverage of war, and investigates the extent to which Western military action has been represented as justifiable and necessary.

Media, War and Postmodernity (Routledge, 2007) argues that contemporary warfare may be understood as ‘postmodern’ in that it is driven by the collapse of grand narratives in Western societies and constitutes an attempt to recapture a sense of purpose and mission. Discussing the humanitarian interventions of the 1990s and the ‘war on terror’, the book analyses the rise of a postmodern sensibility in domestic and international politics, and explores how the projection of power abroad is undermined by a lack of cohesion and purpose at home.

Though much of his work on war and international interventions focuses on the role of the news media, he is also editor of Screens of Terror (Abramis Academic, 2011), about the representation of war in film and television drama, and co-editor of War Games (Bloomsbury, 2020) about war and video games.

A major secondary research focus is on the tensions and contradictions in contemporary environmentalist discourse, including how this is refracted in politics, journalism and celebrity culture. Climate Change and Post-Political Communication (Routledge, 2018) explores how the issue has been taken up by elites struggling to construct plausible visions of the future, and how it provides a focus for much broader anxieties about a loss of modernist political agency and meaning.[2]

Journalism and commentary

Professor Hammond's occasional journalistic writing and commentary often picks up themes from his academic work, and currently seeks to engage with the realignments and disorientations which accompany the crisis of liberal technocracy and the rise of new forms of populist politics.


  • (2021) The Race Equality Charter will re-racialise UK universities, Don’t Divide Us, 21 September
  • (2021) Exploding the myth of Michel Foucault, spiked, 13 July (also published in French as Détruire le mythe de Michel Foucault, Atlantico, 14 July)
  • (2021) Who needs ‘intersectionality’? Don’t Divide Us, 6 June
  • (2021) Virtue Hoarders: our scolding elites, spiked, 21 January
  • (2020) Critical race theory must be resisted in our universities, UnHerd, 22 December
  • (2020) Freedom of speech and its consequences, WonkHE, 10 November
  • (2020) The myth of Britain’s racist universities, Future Cities, 24 October
  • (2020) This is McCarthyism in BLM clothing, spiked, 30 June
  • (2020) Nature is not sending us a message, Areo, 2 April
  • (2020) Educating for intolerance: universities and the new elitism, Areo, 10 March
  • (2019) When climate scientists cry, spiked, 23 October
  • (2019) The tragedy of Kosovo, spiked, 22 March
  • (2017) Has big data really changed journalism? Data Driven Journalism, 29 November
  • (2017) Why the Russian Revolution matters, spiked, 25 October
  • (2017) Call of Jihad, A2, #4 (in Czech)
  • (2014) We need to rethink resilience, spiked, 10 October
  • (2011) Where did all the goodies and baddies go? spiked, 7 September
  • (2010) An indictment of the anti-war movement, spiked, 28 October
  • (2010) Why Darfur is everyone’s favourite African war, spiked, 26 February
  • (2009) The search for green meaning, spiked, 21 December
  • (2009) Demystifying the ‘global ideology’, spiked, 25 September (also published in German as Die Entmystifizierung einer Ideologie, Novo, No. 105, March 2010)
  • (2009) Al-Qaeda: what’s the big idea? spiked, 26 June (also published in German as Al-Qaida: Weder gross noch clever, Novo, No. 107, July-August 2010)
  • (2009) The Hague: a tool of ‘legal vengeance’, spiked, 13 May
  • (2009) The tyranny of ‘international justice’, spiked, 30 March
  • (2009) The rise of the laptop bombardier, spiked, 24 March
  • (2009) Indicting Bashir won’t bring peace or justice, spiked, 12 March
  • (2008) Why human rights are wrong, spiked, 29 December
  • (2008) The thin blue line between ‘humanitarianism’ and war, spiked, 21 November
  • (2008) Darfur: the dangers of celebrity imperialism, spiked, 24 October
  • (2008) The politics of recognition, spiked, 28 August
  • (2008) An iron fist in a velvet glove, spiked, 12 May
  • (2008) How the ’68ers became warmongers, spiked, 25 April
  • (2008) From Somalia to Iraq: the hack as collaborator, spiked, 28 March
  • (2007) Is THIS the most dangerous man in Europe? spiked, 4 June
  • (2004) Postmodernity goes to war, spiked, 1 June (also published in German as Die Postmoderne und der Krieg, Novo, No. 73-74, November)
  • (1999) Is truth always a casualty of war? Broadcast, 14 May
  • (1999) The unasked questions, The Times, 9 April
  • (1999) A war of words and pictures, The Independent, 6 April
  • (1996) The dynamics of reporting modern conflicts, UK Press Gazette, 19 July
  • (1994) Haiti: a lesson in ‘democracy’, The Weekly Journal, 29 September
  • (1993) Somalia: were we sold a big lie? The Weekly Journal, 16 December
  • (1993) Lie detector goes to work on Somalia, Caribbean Times, 14 December[4]