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Professor Stuart Allan

Professor Stuart Allan


Position: Head of School
Professor of Journalism and Communication


Telephone: +44(0)29 208 75420

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Twitter: @StuartAllan123

Location: Room 0.04D, Bute Building


Professor Stuart Allan joined JOMEC as Professor of Journalism and Communication in February, 2014.

Stuart has published widely in journalism, media and cultural studies. He has authored seven books, the most recent of which is Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis (Polity Press, 2013), and edited ten others, including The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (Routledge, 2012). His research has also appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and contributions to edited collections. He is a founding co-editor of the online journal Journalism Education (published by the Association for Journalism Education), and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Digital Journalism; New Media & Society; Media, War & Conflict; Communication, Culture & Critique, Text & Talk, Environmental Communication; and Time & Society.

Research Interests

Stuart’s current research examines the forging of new relationships between professional and citizen journalists where the news coverage of war, conflict and crisis is concerned, with a particular interest in news images. He also has a longstanding interest in science journalism, including with respect to the reporting of nanotechnology and, more recently, its transition to digital environments. Further research interests include journalism and human rights, media history, photojournalism, and young people’s civic engagement with digital media. Funding for his research has been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), SSHRC, Swedish Research Council, amongst others.


Stuart’s teaching focuses on journalism studies, with a particular interest in the ways in which journalism is evolving online in relation to emergent innovations in digital technologies. His teaching often draws on historical perspectives, and is informed by real-world concerns with social issues. He supervises PhD students and welcomes inquiries from future doctoral students, especially in the areas signalled in his research interests noted above.


Association for Journalism Education (AJE; one of four founding co-editors of its new journal, Journalism Education,launched in 2012); Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA; keynotes for main (2002, 2014) and postgraduate (2007) conferences); International Communication Association (ICA; ‘top three paper’ award in 1988; conference theme chair, Chicago 2009); International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR); European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA; invited paper, 2012); Journalism Studies Section of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA); MediaWise Trust; War and Media Network; amongst others.


Professor Allan was awarded his PhD (Sociology) with Distinction at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1991. His doctoral thesis focused on the news reporting of national defence policy, combining qualitative (critical discourse analysis) and quantitative (content analysis) research methods.

He then took up a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the John Logie Baird Centre, a joint initiative between the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in Scotland. In the years since he has taught at universities in England and Wales, while holding visiting professorial roles in other countries, including in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.

Prior to joining Cardiff University in February 2014, Stuart was Professor of Journalism in the Media School at Bournemouth University, and before then Professor of Journalism and Media at the University of the West of England, Bristol.