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At the core of our research is a commitment to deliver high-quality work which engages with contemporary academic/social/political debates. Recent work has addressed: citizen journalism, global crises, climate change, racism, ‘right to die’ debates and the challenges facing the media industries and civil society.

Our core research groups 'Digital Media and Society', 'Journalism Studies', 'Mediatized Conflict', 'Race, Representation and Cultural Politics' and 'Risk, Science, Health and the Media' are complemented by cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations such as the (Re)Constructing Multiculturalism network and the Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre.

Our Latest Research

Legal Responses (AHRC)
Legal responses to threats to the production of news in the digital environment.
Hyper Local News (AHRC)
Creating software to help citizen journalists deliver news reports to their nearest hyperlocal news team.
With New Eyes I See (REACT)
Exploring whether a documentary can become an experience or a journey beyond the screen

Research Groups

Interdisciplinary Research Centres led by the School

Cross-cutting Research Expertise

In addition to the research groups, cross-cutting expertise within the school includes Children and the Media; Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Film and Visual Culture.

Research conferences

The school regularly holds and hosts local, national and international conferences around the school’s journals and key research themes. Examples include the biennial Future of Journalism Conference (2015), Community Journalism Conference (2013), Dis-Placing the East/West Binary Symposium (2012), Mapping the Magazine 3 (2011), the ESRC Conference - Black and Ethnic Minorities and the Media (2011), Cultural Translation (2009) and the MECSSA conference in 2008.

The next conference will be the Future of Journalism Conference (2015).