David's current research interests include propaganda and the 'war on terror', corporate communications, corporate power, lobbying, the strategic use of science, corporate influences on academic work, spin and the decline of democratic governance. He is currently working on a project on terror experts.
David is the convenor of the Public Interest Research Network which is a collaborative research organisation involving more than one hundred researchers in and outside academia who work together to produce research in the public interest. David also co-convenes three working groups as part of the Public Interest Research Network, one on Neoliberal Scotland the second jointly with Doug Stokes of Naspir which focuses on Terrorism 'expertise', the Consortium for Research on Terrorology and Political Violence. The third, on Science Communication and Management, focuses on the pressures on natural and social science under neoliberalism and the communication of science issues.
C-SAP awarded around £12,000 to a team from the Teaching About Terrorism Group to study how Terrorism and political violence are taught across the UK. The team is led by David Miller (Strathclyde) and includes Marie Breen Smyth (Abersytwyth) and Dave Whyte (Liverpool).
The research aims to map out the extent, scope and practice of public relations activities among the largest British companies and among a small number of multinational corporations. It will collect new data on the provision of public relations capacity in British and selected multinational corporations The project will provide original data on the scale of PR activities and will reveal the factors which determine the form of corporate PR provision among large British and multinational corporations.
The research will endeavour to assess the role of corporate PR in British and international corporate governance and most importantly to link the expansion and provision of corporate PR capacity to specific corporate strategies and decisions. It will attempt to trace the reasons for the expansion of corporate PR and will outline the macro-level strategies followed by corporations in varying sectors of business.
Overall, the project will attempt to describe and analyse the role of corporate PR in national and international governance. To outline the impact of the changing business environment (ie national and international governance, economic conditions and 'globalization') upon the PR strategies used by corporations. The research will be undertaken by means of a survey of the biggest 150 British companies, by interviewing corporate PR personnel and by collecting a wide range of internal documentation, market research data and ephemeral and promotional literature.
Global Media Monitoring Project,
co-ordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication
Steve Wilson 'Men still dominate when it comes to political interviews', Sunday Herald Business, Feb 4 2001.
'Uni research finds news bias against women' Stirling Observer, 31/01/01, p5.
'Scots Media Fails Women', Sunday Express, January 21, 2001.
'Do Women Make The News (Look Good)?', University of Stirling news release, 15 January 2001.
Official report of SMRI appearance by William Dinan and Philip Schlesinger before the Standards Committee of the Scottish Parliament, 28 February 2001.
Second SMRI submission to the Standards Committee by William Dinan, David Miller and Philip Schlesinger, 28 February 2001.
Submission to Standards Committee Consultation on Lobbying the Scottish Parliament, by William Dinan, David Miller, Philip Schlesinger.