Research Foci

Knowledge Construction  shifting relations between knowledge producers and users

We study these shifting relations within and across diverse domains of practice, in contexts including the global media industries, journalism practice, media organisations and digital information technology and service producing organisations in wealthy, developing and transitional states. What forms of literacy - interpretative, creative, resistant - are possible or necessary in a changing media and communications environment?  

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Mediated Political Agency  changing relations between the media and their forms, subjects and modalities of political and civic agency

We study how and why these relations are changing in contemporary society. What does this mean for the actual and potential significance of mediated public spheres, the active role of audiences, and diverse capacities for democratic debate? What skills and resources are available to citizens and other stakeholders that shape and mediate their participation?

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Cultures and Identities - belonging and community on all scales from the local to the transnational

We examine historical and current trends in the global media and communications industries, media representations, and everyday practices of production, consumption and participation and why they matter. Why do they matter for the constitution of identities (ethnic, class, youth, gender, urban), social relations and solidarity, rights and quality of life, and ethical concern for the Other? 

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Governing Mediated Environments - technologies, structures and processes of media and communication nationally and internationally

We study the challenges and possibilities in this area through sustained critical engagement with the institutions, regulations and policies crucial to governance. This includes research on media and communications industry structure, copyright, privacy, freedom of expression, and security. What are the key issues for governance of the media and information and communication technologies and services in the global North and South?

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