Dr Emily Harmer

Lecturer in Media Communication and Media


Personal Statement

Emily gained her PhD (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) in 2013. Her research interests centre on the relationship between gender, media and politics and the extent to which these have changed over time. Emily’s thesis analysed the representation of women as politicians, voters, and politicians’ relatives in British newspaper coverage of elections 1918-2010. Prior to joining Communication and Media at Liverpool in September 2016, Emily also completed a Leverhulme Trust funded project looking at wider changes and continuities in British electoral coverage. Emily has also jointly conducted ‘real time’ analysis of media coverage of the UK General Election of 2015 (funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust) and the EU Referendum campaign. This last project resulted in Emily giving evidence to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communication Select Committee of the National Assembly for Wales and the Committee for Standards in Public Life’s enquiry into the conduct of referendums in the UK. Emily has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters based on her previous research and continues to do so.
Outside of the university, Emily has co-convened the UK Political Studies Association’s Media and Politics Specialist Group since 2013 and has been the Assistant Editor for the European Journal of Communication since 2015.