Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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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.

Research Interests

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).

PhD Supervision

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)

Key Publications

  • Robinson, N (2015). ‘Have You Won the War on Terror? Military Videogames and the State of American Exceptionalism’, Millennium: Journal of International Relations. Early View. doi: 10.1177/0305829814557557
  • 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.

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

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