Dr Ranjana Das

Dr Ranjana Das

PhD Alumni

Department of Media and Communications

About me

Thesis Title: Interpretation: from audiences to users [available for download]

Supervisor:  Professor Sonia Livingstone

Year of completion: 2011 

After the PhD

Since completing her PhD at LSE (2008-2011), Ranjana was, first, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Luneburg in Germany (2011-2012) and then Lecturer at the University of Leicester UK (2012-2017). She is taking up the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey from August 2017. Ranjana is the director of the AHRC funded 14 country network CEDAR (www.cedarahrc.com) and Principal Investigator on the British Academy project Birth Stories. Ranjana chairs the 600 strong Audience and Reception Studies division of the ECREA. Ranjana's research and writing develops two narratives – one general to the field of communication studies, framed via media audiences/users; and the other a specialised strand on social media and parenting. 



1.     Das, R. (Forthcoming, 2018). Birth Stories. London: Routledge.

2.     Das, R. & Graefer, A. (forthcoming, 2017). Provocative Screens: Offended audiences in Britain and Germany. Palgrave (Pivot)

3.     Under preparation:  Das, R. & Ytre-Arne. Eds. (2017). Audiences 2030: A foresight analysis. For submission to the Routledge ECREA Series in Communication

Edited volumes

1.     Das, R. & Ytre-Arne, B. Eds. (2016). Emerging directions in audience research: Lessons from the Consortium on Emerging Directions  in Audience Research. Special Issue of Participations, 13(1).

2.     Das, R. Eds (2013).  Audiences: A cross-generational dialogue. A special issue of The Communication Review 16  (1)


1.     Das, R. (accepted for publication at Critical Studies in Television).  Stories about a queen: Vernacular soaps in urban India

2.     Das, R. (2016). “I’ve walked this street”: Readings of reality in British children’s reception of the Harry Potter seriesJournal of Children and Media 10(3)

3.     Das, R. & Ytre-Arne. B. (2016). After the excitement: An introduction to the work of CEDARParticipations 13(1). pp 280-288

4.     Das, R. and Pavlickova, T (2014). Is there as author behind this text? A literary aesthetic driven understanding of trust in interactive mediaNew Media and Society 16  (3)

5.     Das, R. (2014) An appropriate inheritance: On being and not being an audience researcher. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 10 (2)

6.     Das, R. (2013).  Introduction. In - Audiences: A cross-generational dialogue. A special issue of The Communication Review 16  (1)

7.     Das, R (2013). “To be number one in someone’s eyes…” Children’s introspections about close relationships in reading Harry Potter.European Journal of Communication 28  (5)

8.     Das, R. (2012). Children reading an online genre: Heterogeneity in interpretive workPopular Communication 10  (4)

9.     Das, R (2012). The task of interpretation. Participations: The international journal of audience and reception studies. 9  (1)

10.  Livingstone, S & Das, R. (2012). The End of Audiences? Theoretical echoes of reception amidst the uncertainties of use. Chapter for theBlackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics, edited by John Hartley, Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns

11.  Das, R (2011). Converging perspectives in audience studies and digital literacies: youthful interpretations of an online genre. European Journal of Communication, 26: 4, 343-360

12.  Das, R (2010). Meaning at the Interface: new genres, new modes of interpretative engagementCommunication Review13 (2), 140-159

13.  Das, R (2010). The task of interpretation: converging perspectives in audience research and digital literacies? In Nico Carpentier, et. Al.  (Eds.)Media and Communication Studies Intersections and Interventions. Tartu: University of Tartu Press

14.  Das, R (2010). Digital youth, heterogeneity and diversityJournal of Media Practice 11: 3


1.     Graefer, A. & Das, R. (2017). Coverage of Provocative Screens project in the Phoenix, Birmingham.

2.     Das, R. & Graefer, A. (2017). Offended audiences and regulatory expectations: Of red flags and red herrings. Article for Think Leicester, January 2017.

3.     Das, R. (2017). Mothers, parenting and online networks. Interview aired on BBC Three Counties Radio.

4.     Das, R. (2016). Peer to peer forums for mums. Interview given to GEM Radio Leicestershire.

5.     Das, R. (2016). Why we need to pay attention to online peer to peer support forums for new mothers. Think Leicester.

6.     Das, R. & Graefer, A. (2016). What really makes something offensive? The Conversation.

7.     Das, R. (2016). Mediated parenting wars. Parenting for digital futures. LSE. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/2016/08/10/mediated-parenting-wars-a-new-mums-account/

8.     Das, R. (2016). 5 reasons why we need to study childbirth and the media. Think Leicester. July 2016.

9.     Das, R. (2013) LSE POLIS blog. Entry for the Raped! The Indian polity in shambles 

10.  Livingstone, S. & Das, R (2013) Interpretation/reception. Oxford Bibliographies

11.  Das, R (2011): Soap Opera and Telenovelas. Entry for the Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture, Sage Publications.

12.  Das, R. (2011). Parents Trust, but Kids not Critical Enough Online. Invited entry for the LSE Media Policy Blog.

13.  Das, R. (2011).  Teenagers and the Internet: new research on the reality of social media and youth. Invited entry for theLSE POLIS blog

14.  Livingstone, S., & Das, R. (2010) Media, communication and information technologies for the European family: a Report for Family Platform.

15.  Livingstone, S., & Das, R. (2010) POLIS Family and Media Report. POLIS, LSE, UK

16.  Das, R. & Beckett, C. Eds. (2010) Digital Natives: A Myth? A POLIS Paper from the Silverstone Panel on Digital Natives at the LSE, 2009.

17.  Livingstone, S., Witschge, T., Das, R., Hill, A., Kavada, A., Hallett, L., Starkey, G., Lunt, P. (2010). Existing and emerging audience research in the UK: A review for the Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies COST Action, August 2010

18.  Livingstone, S., & Das, R. (2009) Public Attitudes, Tastes and Standards: A Review of the Available Empirical Research: A Report for the BBC.