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September 9, 2005

Bart Cammaerts Lecturer in media and communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Advertised in The Times Higher , January 14, 2005

Bart Cammaerts believes that moves by governments towards an online society is dangerous.

"People need participation in policy, and the internet is one way to enable that," he said. "But if their input does not make an impact, then nothing has changed, and the internet is just window dressing. We need to continue to talk to people to identify their issues."

Dr Cammaerts has already been teaching media and citizenship during his two years as a Marie Curie fellow, so taking a tenure track job was an obvious choice.

He has been active for many years in Belgian community radio, as well as being a musician, DJ and former spokesman for the Belgian Vice-Prime Minister.

"I like to link my own experiences into lectures next to cases out of the literature," he said.

"At the LSE, you get very interesting students, many of them international and usually with some experience to share. My aim in teaching is not just to be top-down but also to learn from them.

"I also strive for a balance between teaching and research. In research, the reading is very focused, but teaching is also fascinating as you need to reread things and be much broader in your thinking."

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