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Dr Claire Wardle

Dr Claire Wardle

BA (Hull), MA (Pennsylvania), PhD (Pennsylvania)

Position: Honorary Lecturer


Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74509 (Via School)


Claire Wardle left the school, Summer 2009

Claire Wardle is an Honorary Lecturer. Claire taught several modules on the BA Undergraduate programme until September 2009.


Claire is currently working as a freelance trainer and researcher specialising in the media production processes and audience experiences surrounding social media, user generated content, and the representation of social issues. She is also continuing to work on the ESRC funded project Social Issues in Primetime Television: Production Processes and Audience Responses with Dr Bethany Klein.

During Claire's time at Cardiff her research examined the ways in which social and political issues are represented in different media formats.

She led two research teams. One examining portrayals of disfigurement in primetime television, and understanding audience responses to these portrayals (funded by the Healing Foundation). The other was a knowledge exchange project co-funded by the BBC and AHRC which explored the ways in which BBC news and current affairs output includes user generated content. She also ran the JOMEC Innocence Project with Paul Mason.

Claire gained her MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania. She started at Cardiff in September 2004.

Research Interests

  • Journalism studies and public opinion
  • Media Events
  • Social Issues in Primetime television


2007-2008: ‘User Generated Content: Understanding its Impact Upon Contributors, Non-Contributors and the BBC’ (A £90,000 grant from the AHRC/BBC)

2006-2008: ‘Media coverage and audience reception of people with disfigurement or visible loss of function’ (A £76,000 grant from the Healing Foundation)