Dr Benedetta Brevini

PhD Westminster, MSc (Communication Policy and Regulation) LSE, LLM/BA Modena
Lecturer in Communication and Media
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University London

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4734

Website Benedetta's Profile @ The Guardian

Biographical details

Dr Benedetta Brevini is Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney and Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London. She is also an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network. Before joining MECO in 2013, she worked in London as Lecturer for City University. Dr Brevini is also an experienced journalist who has worked in Milan, New York and London for CNBC and RAI. She writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributes to a number of print and web publications including the Conversation, Index of Censorship and Red Pepper Magazine. She is a member of the coordinating committee of the UK based Media Reform Coalition whose role is to coordinate the most effective contributions by civil society groups, academics and media campaigners to debates over media regulation, ownership and democracy.

Research interests

Benedetta’s research is grounded in a critical political economy that investigates the relations between communications, politics, power and inequality. It has three main strands. The first explores media policies and media reforms in comparative settings and the roles of political, economic and corporate power in sustaining or thwarting the development of media systems which are functioning in the public interest. The second approaches the contradictory structure of the internet and social media as the sites of a continuous, and intensifying power struggle between openness and closure, surveillance and freedom, censorship and free speech, exclusion and access. The third examines the connections between communication, politics, economics and science in order to enhance our understanding of the relationship between communication systems and climate change.

  • Political economy of new media
  • The politics of media and power
  • Media reforms in comparative settings
  • Digital surveillance and internet freedoms
  • Media, journalism and democracy
  • Communication systems and climate change

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Struggle for Openness in the Digital Era Catherine MAGGS

Current projects

Dr Brevini is currently developing a comparative project that aims to develop an integrated approach to the relations between communications and climate change.

Publications In Press

  • Brevini, B. and Schlosberg, J. (2016) [In Press, accepted February 2014]. Between philosophy and action: The story of the media reform coalition. Strategies for media reform: International perspectives. Obar J, Freedman D, McChesney R and Martens C (Eds). New York: Fordham University Press.
  • Brevini, B. and Lewis, J. (Eds). (2017, under contract) Climate Change and the Media. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Brevini, B. and Murdock, G. (Eds). (2017, under contract) Communication and Carbon Capitalism. New York and London: Pluto Press.

In the media

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2015

  • Everyday Social Media Network; Goggin G, Vromen A, Martin F, Bednarek M, Bollmer G, Brevini B, Calvo R, Chen P, Chesher C, Driscoll C, Dwyer T, Elliot A, Hutchinson J, Mann A, Martin G, Michael M, Navarria G, Race K, Rolph D, Tormey S, Weatherall K; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Brevini, B. (2013). Public Service Broadcasting Online: A Comparative European Policy Study of PSB 2.0. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books

  • Brevini, B., Hintz, A., McCurdy, P. (2013). Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Brevini, B., Swiatek, L. (2017). Mediaset (Gruppo Mediaset). In Benjamin Birkinbine, Rodrigo Gomez, Janet Wasko (Eds.), Global Media Giants, (pp. 181-190). New York: Routledge.
  • Brevini, B., Schlosberg, J. (2016). Between Philosophy and Action: The Story of the Media Reform Coalition. In Des Freedman, Jonathan A. Obar, Cheryl Martens and Robert W. McChesney (Eds.), Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, (pp. 138-152). New York: Fordham University Press.
  • Brevini, B. (2015). From Media Policy to 'Big' Media Policy: The Battle for Pluralism in Australia. In Steven Barnett, Judith Townsend (Eds.), Media Power and Plurality: From Hyperlocal to High-Level Policy, (pp. 116-130). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2015). Public Service and Community Media. In Robin Mansell, Peng Hwa Ang (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society, (pp. 990-998). Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Brevini, B., Murdock, G. (2013). Follow the Money: Wikileaks and the Political Economy of Disclosure. In Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz and Patrick McCurdy (Eds.), Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society, (pp. 35-55). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lunt, P., Livingstone, S., Brevini, B. (2012). Changing Regimes of Regulation: Implications For Public Service Broadcasting. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Jeanette Steemers (Eds.), Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media, (pp. 113-128). Gothenburg, Sweden: Nordicom.
  • Brevini, B. (2012). PSBs move online in southern Europe: A comparison of Spain and Italy. In Maureen Burns, Niels Brugger (Eds.), Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Brevini, B. (2012). Southern European Public Service Broadcasters Expanding Online: A Policy Study of RAI and RTVE's Online Activities. In Maureen Burns, Niels Brugger (Eds.), Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web, (pp. 118-131). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Brevini, B. (2011). Ex Ante Assessments for Public Broadcasters in Southern Europe: Delayed Europeanization? In Karen Donders, Hallvard Moe (Eds.), Exporting the Public Value Test: The Regulation of Public Broadcasters New Media Services Across Europe, (pp. 175-183). Gothenburg, Sweden: Nordicom.

Journals

  • Brevini, B. (2016). [In press] Metadata Laws, Digital Surveillance and Journalism: The Case of Australia. Internet Policy Review, 5.
  • Brevini, B. (2016). [In press] The Value of Environmental Communication Research. The International Communication Gazette, 78(7).
  • Brevini, B. (2015). Review of 'To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World'. Media, Culture and Society, 37(7), 1111-1113. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2015). The Struggle for PSB 2.0: An Assessment. International Journal of Digital Television, 6(2), 221-237. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B., Fanucci, F. (2013). Digital Television in Italy: From Analogue to Digital Duopoly? International Journal of Digital Television, 4(1), 7-19. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2013). European Commission media policy and its pro-market inclination: The revised 2009 Communication on State Aid to PSBs and its restraining effect on PSB online. European Journal of Communication, 28(2), 183-197. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Censorship and Orwell's Legacy: Interview with Jean Seaton. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 7(2), 6-11.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Towards PSB 2.0? Applying the PSB Ethos to Online Media in Europe: A Comparative Study of PSBs' Internet Policies in Spain, Italy and Britain. European Journal of Communication, 25(4), 348-365. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2009). Under Siege by Commercial Interests? BBC and DR Online Between the National and European Policy Frameworks. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 1(2), 203-215. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2008). Internet resources for political Movements. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.
  • Brevini, B. (2007). The Queen, old politics versus new politics. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.
  • Brevini, B. (2005). Our brand is crisis. A review of a political movie. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.

Edited Journals

  • Brevini, B., Noetzold, K. (2010). Ambiguities of Censorship: An International Perspective. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Brevini, B. (2011). Stop blaming Italians for Berlusconi. The Guardian.
  • Brevini, B. (2011). The day Italians finally said no to Silvio Berlusconi. The Guardian.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Europe should protect Italy’s freedom of speech. The Guardian.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Italy’s news blackout. Index on Censorship.

Other

  • Brevini, B., Horten, M. (2009), Net neutrality vs traffic management policies: A briefing paper on the Telecoms Package Second Reading.

Research Reports

  • Fanucci, F., Brevini, B. (2012). Transparency of Media Ownership - The Legal Framework: Italy, (pp. 1 - 20). Madrid, Spain: Access Info.

2017

  • Brevini, B., Swiatek, L. (2017). Mediaset (Gruppo Mediaset). In Benjamin Birkinbine, Rodrigo Gomez, Janet Wasko (Eds.), Global Media Giants, (pp. 181-190). New York: Routledge.

2016

  • Brevini, B. (2016). [In press] Metadata Laws, Digital Surveillance and Journalism: The Case of Australia. Internet Policy Review, 5.
  • Brevini, B. (2016). [In press] The Value of Environmental Communication Research. The International Communication Gazette, 78(7).
  • Brevini, B., Schlosberg, J. (2016). Between Philosophy and Action: The Story of the Media Reform Coalition. In Des Freedman, Jonathan A. Obar, Cheryl Martens and Robert W. McChesney (Eds.), Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, (pp. 138-152). New York: Fordham University Press.

2015

  • Brevini, B. (2015). From Media Policy to 'Big' Media Policy: The Battle for Pluralism in Australia. In Steven Barnett, Judith Townsend (Eds.), Media Power and Plurality: From Hyperlocal to High-Level Policy, (pp. 116-130). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2015). Public Service and Community Media. In Robin Mansell, Peng Hwa Ang (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society, (pp. 990-998). Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Brevini, B. (2015). Review of 'To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World'. Media, Culture and Society, 37(7), 1111-1113. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2015). The Struggle for PSB 2.0: An Assessment. International Journal of Digital Television, 6(2), 221-237. [More Information]

2013

  • Brevini, B., Hintz, A., McCurdy, P. (2013). Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brevini, B., Fanucci, F. (2013). Digital Television in Italy: From Analogue to Digital Duopoly? International Journal of Digital Television, 4(1), 7-19. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B. (2013). European Commission media policy and its pro-market inclination: The revised 2009 Communication on State Aid to PSBs and its restraining effect on PSB online. European Journal of Communication, 28(2), 183-197. [More Information]
  • Brevini, B., Murdock, G. (2013). Follow the Money: Wikileaks and the Political Economy of Disclosure. In Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz and Patrick McCurdy (Eds.), Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society, (pp. 35-55). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brevini, B. (2013). Public Service Broadcasting Online: A Comparative European Policy Study of PSB 2.0. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

  • Lunt, P., Livingstone, S., Brevini, B. (2012). Changing Regimes of Regulation: Implications For Public Service Broadcasting. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Jeanette Steemers (Eds.), Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media, (pp. 113-128). Gothenburg, Sweden: Nordicom.
  • Brevini, B. (2012). PSBs move online in southern Europe: A comparison of Spain and Italy. In Maureen Burns, Niels Brugger (Eds.), Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Brevini, B. (2012). Southern European Public Service Broadcasters Expanding Online: A Policy Study of RAI and RTVE's Online Activities. In Maureen Burns, Niels Brugger (Eds.), Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web, (pp. 118-131). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Fanucci, F., Brevini, B. (2012). Transparency of Media Ownership - The Legal Framework: Italy, (pp. 1 - 20). Madrid, Spain: Access Info.

2011

  • Brevini, B. (2011). Ex Ante Assessments for Public Broadcasters in Southern Europe: Delayed Europeanization? In Karen Donders, Hallvard Moe (Eds.), Exporting the Public Value Test: The Regulation of Public Broadcasters New Media Services Across Europe, (pp. 175-183). Gothenburg, Sweden: Nordicom.
  • Brevini, B. (2011). Stop blaming Italians for Berlusconi. The Guardian.
  • Brevini, B. (2011). The day Italians finally said no to Silvio Berlusconi. The Guardian.

2010

  • Brevini, B., Noetzold, K. (2010). Ambiguities of Censorship: An International Perspective. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Censorship and Orwell's Legacy: Interview with Jean Seaton. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 7(2), 6-11.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Europe should protect Italy’s freedom of speech. The Guardian.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Italy’s news blackout. Index on Censorship.
  • Brevini, B. (2010). Towards PSB 2.0? Applying the PSB Ethos to Online Media in Europe: A Comparative Study of PSBs' Internet Policies in Spain, Italy and Britain. European Journal of Communication, 25(4), 348-365. [More Information]

2009

  • Brevini, B., Horten, M. (2009), Net neutrality vs traffic management policies: A briefing paper on the Telecoms Package Second Reading.
  • Brevini, B. (2009). Under Siege by Commercial Interests? BBC and DR Online Between the National and European Policy Frameworks. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 1(2), 203-215. [More Information]

2008

  • Brevini, B. (2008). Internet resources for political Movements. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.

2007

  • Brevini, B. (2007). The Queen, old politics versus new politics. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.

2005

  • Brevini, B. (2005). Our brand is crisis. A review of a political movie. COMPOL, Comunicazione Politica.

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