Dr Christian Morgner

Dr Christian Morgner

Lecturer in Culture and Communication

office: 3.01 Bankfield House

e-mail: cm570@le.ac.uk

telephone: 0116 252 2440

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Morgner

BA and MA in Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

PhD in Sociology (Justus Liebig University Giessen)


I am a social scientist working on a comprehensive theory of culture at the intersection of sociology, communication and cultural studies. Culture is not only a focus of my research but is also a conceptual resource that considers notions of practices and networks of meaning-making.

While I have been working with the qualitative methods that are often used in this field, my research has taken a more quantitative direction. For example, I have used network analysis to study how meaning is transformed and mediated. As such, my research combines social theory and empirical research. To develop this comprehensive theory of culture, I have not limited my research to the study of cultural institutions, cultural values and practices, but have also worked on broader, but related, dimensions of culture, such as risk cultures, arts, health, media cultures, urban culture and subcultures.

My initial research on intercultural communication (2004–to date) considers how culture affects communication. I have been particularly interested in cultural representations, stereotypes and linguistic structures that may lead to cultural exclusion, communication problems and erroneous communication, since cultural context is comprised of individuals from different religious, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. My research in this field has been supported with a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. In addition, my research has led to my appointment as the lead author on the EU’s education and cultural inclusion report, ‘Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020’. Most recently, my research in this area has led me to develop a research and training project (funded by the Fire Research and Training Trust, February 2019–March 2020) to improve equality and diversity in social interactions between fire services and ethnic communities. This requires the development of new ways to conduct quantitative research in a diverse cultural setting.

Since 2010, I have widened my research to include cultural practices, tacit knowledge and professional codices, thereby focusing on the structures of cultural work, or those who work in the global media and cultural industries. This research has demonstrated the prevalence of exclusion and inequality in nomadic work situations, the exclusion of women by informal communication processes and their interaction in peripheral social worlds, and also what may suppress cultural innovations within societies. I have been working with different forms of cultural mapping analysis to address these issues. I have received several grants in this field from a number of organisations (e.g. the Swiss National Science Foundation, the City of Paris, Santander UK and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), which have enabled me to study cultural work and diversity and inequality in various countries, such as Chile, France, Japan, Senegal and Turkey. I received the prize for ‘Young Academics’ for this research from the Schader Foundation, a prestigious German award for emerging scholars.

I have, since 2016, combined this research on voice and exclusion with my other research on communication challenges, by addressing the role of the arts and cultural intervention in social interactions between people with dementia. With support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Alzheimer’s Research UK, I have used video and conversation analyses to provide a better understanding of meaningful interactions for people with dementia. This research has led to my appointment to the steering board of the Dementia, Arts and Wellbeing Network, to the appointment of the Early Representative of Alzheimer’s Research UK and elected member of International Health Humanities Network.

More recently, I have extended my interest in network analysis. I am particularly interested in using computational measures that enable researchers to trace and unravel notions of interpretation, meaning and symbolism from a more quantitative perspective. Currently, I am working on two cases. The first is in informal settlements in Nairobi, and the second is night-time-economies in Tokyo. Both have the stigma that they do not possess social coherence, and are seen as atomistic, if not chaotic. However, pilot research, supported by the Rutherford Foundation and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, could prove that there are strong communication networks that regulate these communities. I am currently working towards a Global Challenges Research Fund grant to support this research.

Christian joined the University of Leicester in 2014. He is a Lecturer in Culture and Communication. Christian previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Hitotsubashi University, Japan funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge funded by the German Academic Exchange Service. He has also held visiting fellowships at Yale University, University of Lucerne, University of Leuven and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).




  • Morgner, Christian (ed.) (2020) Rethinking Relations and Social Processes: J. Dewey and the notion of 'trans-action', New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed Publications

  • Ray-Bennett, Nibedita, Daniel Mendez, Edris Alam, Christian Morgner (in print, forthcoming 2019) Inter-Agency Collaboration for Natural Hazard Management in Developed Countries, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science.
  • Morgner, Christian and Francesca Molina (2019) ‘Media Events and Geo-Cultural Markets’, Global Media Journal, 16(1): 110-136.
  • Morgner, Christian (2019) ‘Spatial Barriers and the Formation of Global Art Cities: The Case of Tokyo’, Japanese Journal of Sociology, 28(1): 183-208.
  • Morgner, Christian; Spencer Hazel, Justine Schneider and Victoria Tischler (2019) ‘Conduct in Dementia: The Application of Video-Analysis for the Study of Arts Interventions, Sociological Research Online. Online First, doi.org/10.1177/1360780419835564
  • Morgner, Christian (2019) System theory and Art: Micro-diversity and Self-organisation, Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 26(1): 47-71.
  • Tischler, Victoria; Justine Schneider; Christian Morgner; Paul Crawford and Tom Dening (2019) Stronger together: learning from an interdisciplinary Dementia, Arts & Wellbeing Network (DA&WN), Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, online first, doi: 10.1080/17533015.2018.1534252.

Link to Full list of Publications

Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Morgner would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Social Theory (in particular on Niklas Luhmann’s system theory).
  • Race and Inequality
  • Interaction and Health
  • Disaster and Risk Communication
  • Urban development


Current PhD Students

Xihuan Hu: Translating Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of the Nüshu Culture.

Barry Hawthorne: Insiders out, Outsiders in: A comparative study of the discourse of inclusion and exclusion of people with disabilities and displaced individuals in German society.

Dalia Rehab Re-envisioning Stereotypes through Female Art Activism Narratives: Empowerment, Equality and Social Transformation

Jiayixiu Zhao: Female-subculture, Identity, and Multimodality: Exploring Chinese Lolita Fashion as a Cultural Industry


Previous PhD Students

Dafni Mangalousi Smart Cities in the EU: hegemonic and counter- hegemonic processes of discursive construction and material production

Haitham Aldreabi: Meaning-Making in Arab Spring: translation and cultural representation in RT and AJE coverage of Egypt and Syria’s uprising



UG and PGT modules

Professional Activities

At Leicester, Dr Morgner serves as the Director of Grant Capture in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology

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