Dr Nick Robinson
Associate Professor in Politics
Videogames are increasingly important politically and my work reflects this. My present work focuses on the nature of the representations within videogames and their social and political consequences. Such issues have important consequences for the accessibility of games and the way they are understood politically.
Prior to that I have been engaged in research on the EU which covers issues such as the equitable distribution of EU resources and issues centred on the exercise of power.
I pride myself on a desire to make academia relevant and am actively engaged in a number of research networks, outreach to local schools and consultancy work.
I currently hold a four-year research grant from the Swedish Research Council and am working as part of a multinational research team investigating the militarization of social media and videogames.
My interests are wide-ranging but have recently focused on two key areas.
In terms of research on videogaming, my work encapsulates three inter-related themes: the representation of war in games, the representation of history and historical events within videogames, and the representation and understanding of different cultures within and through games. I also have an evolving interest in the role of games as facilitators of learning.
In terms of my previous research on the EU, it also encapsulates three inter-related issues: redistribution in the EU; the role of the European Investment Bank, and concepts of power and agenda setting. My recent publications and ongoing work both reflect this, making a major contribution to the study of the European Union.
Teaching is very important to me and complements my research interests very well. At present due to my research buy-out I am just teaching one undergraduate module, 'Videogames: Politics, Society and Culture'. I have recently received the following awards:
University Teaching Fellow, 2010-12
University of Leeds, 'Student Choice Feedback Champion, 2011'
BISA-HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies, 2012/13 (joint winner).
I would be delighted to supervise suitable students in a range of areas, including the following topics:
Videogames - political, social and cultural dimensions
EU public policy
Redistributive Policy and Politics in the EU
Agenda Setting (theory and application).
Robinson, N. (forthcoming) Videogames, Popular Culture and World Politics (London: Routledge).
Warleigh-Lack, A., Robinson, N. and Rosamond, B. (eds.) (2011) New Regionalism and the European Union: Dialogues, Comparisons and New Research Directions (London: Routledge). ISBN: 0 4155 6372 0
Robinson, N. (2000) The Politics of Agenda Setting: The Car and the Shaping of Public Policy (Aldershot: Ashgate). 300pp. ISBN: 0 7456 1142 6
Robinson, N. (2012) 'Videogames and Violence: Legislating on the "Politics of Confusion"', Political Quarterly, vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 414-23.
Robinson, N. (2012) ‘Videogames, Persuasion and the War on Terror: Escaping or Embedding the Military-Entertainment Complex?’, Political Studies, Vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 504-22.
Robinson, N. (2009) 'The European Investment Bank: The EU's Neglected Institution', Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 651-673.
Robinson, N. (2009) 'Informal Power in Regional Organisations: The Case of the EU', Journal of Power, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 111-135.
Robinson, N. (2007) 'More than a Regulatory State: Bringing Expenditure (Back) into EU Research', Comparative European Politics, vol. 5, no. 2, pp.179-204.
Robinson, N (2003) 'Fuel Protests: Governing the Ungovernable?', Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 56, no.3 , pp. 423-440.
European Parliament Directorate General for Internal Policies (Budgetary Affairs) (2013) ‘The Implications of EIB and EBRC Co-financing for the EU budget follow-up’.
European Parliament Directorate General for Internal Policies (Budgetary Affairs) (2011) 'The Implications of EIB and EBRD Co-financing for the EU Budget' (Brussels: European Parliament). Study Authors: Nick Robinson and Robert Bain.
Media Contact Areas
Videogames - political, societal and culture aspects
Videogames - debates on violence
Videogames - discussions about accessibility
European Union – politics and general policy issues
EU budgetary policy
- Room: G.06B, 30/32 Hyde Terrace
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- Office hours: Monday 11-12:30 and Thursday 10-11
BBC Radio Leeds interview: Occupy London Protest [MP3 1.2MB] [3mins20] Dec 2011
Deutsche Welle Radio interview: Videogames and Violence [MP3 2.5MB] [5mins18] Nov 2011
New Regionalism and the European Union: Dialogues, Comparisons and New Research Directions edited by Alex Warleigh-Lack, Nick Robinson and Ben Rosamond. (Published by Routledge June 2011)