The Department of Media and Communication is staffed by academics from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including cultural studies, film and cinema, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. We embrace a multi-disciplinary approach to research that includes critical and empirical analysis of media and communications, their structures, policy and legal frameworks, audiences and effects. Following the launch of the department in 1966 we have aimed to produce data that contributes to public debate and informs policy on the major media and communications issues of the day. Many academic staff serve as consultants and advisers to international agencies, Government departments, Parliamentary committees, and media organisations. We have established a wide network of research-related contacts with researchers in other home and overseas universities and also with commercial UK agencies.
We acknowledge the rapidly changing media and communication environment in our research by actively pursuing the study of new media and communications technologies. This is reflected in our established and developing interests in areas such as e-democracy, e-government, e-commerce, and e-learning.
The Department is actively involved in research analysis of media audiences and media effects, in particular, we have focused upon the study of the role of the media in public health and well-being, social welfare and quality of life. We embrace the idea that the media can be unwittingly and deliberately used to influence social behaviour patterns. Establishing the true nature and extent of media effects is critical if informed debates are to be undertaken.
Research Groups within the Department
- Cultural Production and Consumption Research Group (Co-directors: Jennifer Smith Maguire, Natasha Whiteman)
- Cyber Security and Crime Research Group (Director: Monica Whitty)
- Digital Media Methods Research Group (Director: Panayiota Tsatsou)
- IDeoGRAMS Research Group (Director: Anna Claydon)
- Media and Democracy Research Group (Director: Scott Davidson)
- Media and Social Policy Research Group (Director: Anders Hansen)