We conduct critical, empirical and engaged social science research in relation to media and communication. We bring to multiple disciplinary agendas a deep understanding of changes in the media and communication environment as these shape, and are shaped by, complex socio-technical, political-economic, cultural and historical developments. Our approach emphasises structures, processes and practices in an increasingly media-saturated society and concerns about inequality, legitimacy, privacy-publicness, voice, and violence inform our theoretical and empirical research with de-Westernising research in the field as a persistent focus for discussion. We raise and investigate issues of inequality and discrimination in a variety of fora linked to media and communication and propose solutions based on our results.
We undertake a wide array of intellectual, empirical and policy-oriented projects. Integrative and intersecting sets of concepts and questions currently guide our work with ongoing reflection on emerging and cutting-edge themes and issues.
Knowledge Construction - shifting relations between knowledge producers and users
Mediated Political Agency - changing relations between the media and their forms, subjects and modalities of political and civic agency
Cultures and Identities - belonging and community on all scales from the local to the transnational
Governing Mediated Environments - technologies, structures and processes of media and communication nationally and internationally
Cross-cutting themes bring coherence to research in the Department.
Comparative and transnational research - understanding the global, national and local significance of media and communications. We tackle the theoretical and methodological challenges of undertaking cross-nationally comparative research and/or de-Westernizing research so as to gain a deeper understanding of both commonalities and differences.
Ethical implications of research - our engaged and critical approach means we are concerned with the ethical implications in relation to norms of democracy, equality and inclusiveness, ethical inquiry and action, and quality of life; we investigate adjustments to the mediated environment that are called for to make it more responsive to such norms. Research on media ethics cuts across work on journalism ethics and media policy, political philosophy and social theory and encourages an explicit engagement with normative theory in some of our projects.
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