Ian Rasmussen

Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media

Ian has been a member of the Department since 2004 having previously taught at the Universities of Birmingham and Liverpool.


Ian holds a degree in African Studies and a Master's degree in Politics and the Mass Media.


Ian's academic interests include radio history, public service broadcasting, the BBC World Service, communications and development, political communication and food and broadcasting.

Currently module leader on Theorising Celebrity and Media Texts in Context, Ian also teaches on a wide range of degree programmes including Radio, Media, and Journalism.

In essence, Ian’s vocational and academic interests have always concerned communication. In his early career, he worked as a political press agent moving on to co-ordinating the activities of a bi-lateral developmental NGO based in Bristol and Ghana. This experience of being in the thick of hands-on aid projects added to his fascination of Africa. His first degree, undertaken at the world renowned Centre of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham, enabled him to acquire specialist knowledge (especially in the fields of politics, history and culture) which, along with modules in the famous Media, Culture and Society department, gifted him with an understanding of cultures and media across the globe. He went on to teach modules in African Politics, Political theory, and economic development, and was made an honorary life member of the Guild of Students in recognition of his ‘student friendly’ style! Work in the field of University liaison enabled him to work and lecture across Africa and parts of Europe, as well as giving many lectures in schools about university application.

Ian’s research into the BBC World Service and the Somali community in Liverpool earned Ian a distinction in his Masters degree and funding from the AHRB to undertake further research under Professor John Corner to whose UG/PG modules on documentary he contributed for several years. He has given papers at the University of Liverpool and the University of Madison at Wisconsin. He is still regularly asked to deliver lectures on celebrity culture at other institutions.

His interests both in the media and Africa meant that he made a valuable contribution to Master’s modules undertaken by postgraduate medics at the world famous School of Tropical Medicine at the University of Liverpool. His modules covered globalisation, the media at war and the Rwanda genocide.

At Chester, he has contributed to many undergraduate programmes including Radio, Advertising, Media and Communication. He has also worked extensively on the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) ERDF funded enterprise champion programmes and produced outreach programmes for partner institutions.

For several years, Ian has been involved in the planning and presentation of the successful Inside the Creative Industries and Media Professionals week activities within the department of media. Indeed, due to his skills as an interviewer and panel chair, Ian has hosted many similar activities in various departments. He is currently Chester’s link tutor for the Cultural Studies Programme at our partner institution, Wirral Metropolitan College (WMC) where he also does the occasional guest lecture.

He has made recent appearance on BBC and local radio concerning areas as diverse as food, politics and the media. He has written food reviews and articles, and lobbies on food and animal welfare issues. He has been a keen rider, sailor and hockey player in his time, but prefers the gentler pursuits of swimming and walking, Angus, his irascible Border Terrier, these days. A very keen and experienced amateur cook, baker and charcutier, Ian has a large private library of cookery books and related literature, and he has recently ghost written recipes for food retailers who produce real food in sustainable and fair ways. He is currently co-authoring a book on rare breed meat cookery, as well as researching aspects of food, gender and broadcasting. He has met, and discussed food with, many personalities including, recently, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

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