Colbran, Marianne

Dr Marianne Colbran  


Position held

Non LSE positions held

Centre for Criminology, Oxford

Research Associate


Experience keywords:

creative industries; crime fiction; crime news production; crime news; effect of Leveson on police and news media relations; police and news media relations; police/news media relations post-Leveson; production of crime drama; production of television police drama; representations of police, crime and criminals in television police drama; television police drama

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I am currently a Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at LSE and a co-director of the European Centre for Media and Communications at the University of Bucharest.

Prior to this, I was a Research Associate and M.Sc. Tutor at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford. Between 2011-2012, I was the second Howard League/Oxford Post-Doctoral Fellow in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology. My first monograph on the sociology of cultural production in television drama, Media Representations of Police and Crime: Shaping The Television Drama, by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

Before becoming an academic, I was a television scriptwriter for thirteen years. I worked as a staff writer on The Bill for seven years and on Brookside for two years where one of my episodes was nominated for a BAFTA in 2001. I have also written for Casualty, Peak Practice and The Vet. I am about to start work on researching crime news production in the United Kingdom.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Law

Countries and regions to which research relates:

France; Scandinavia; UK


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

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Colbran, Marianne (2016) Leveson’s lasting effect on press-police relations Media Policy Blog (14 Nov 2016) Blog entry

Colbran, Marianne P. (2016) Leveson five years on: the effect of the Leveson and Filkin Reports on relations between the Metropolitan Police and the national news media British Journal of Criminology. ISSN 0007-0955


Colbran, Marianne (2015) Penal reform groups, new media and mainstream news: strategies for managing the new media landscape The Howard League for Penal Reform, London, UK. ISBN 9781905994878


Colbran, Marianne (2014) Police perceptions of representations of crime and policing in television drama In: Marinescu, V and Branea, S and Mitu, B, (eds.) Contemporary television series: narrative structures and audience perceptions. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1-16. ISBN 9781443859868

Colbran, Marianne (2014) Media representations of police and crime: shaping television drama Critical Criminological Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137334718


Colbran, Marianne (2013) Watching the cops: a case study of production processes on television drama, The Bill ECAN Bulletin, 18. 13-17.

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