Andy Williams is a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He was previously the RCUK Research Fellow in Risk, Health and Science Communication (2008-10). He has a number of research interests which intersect journalism studies and cultural studies. His current major research interests relate to news sources and the influence of public relations on the UK media, especially in the area of science, health and environment news.
His recent and previous research has included work on:
He gained his MA and PhD at Cardiff University’s Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, where his research interests were in poststructuralist cultural theory, UK media history, and the consumer culture of Victorian Britain.
After a stint as a political researcher for Leanne Wood AM (the Shadow Social Justice Minister at the Welsh Assembly) he moved to the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies as a research associate in 2006.
He is the module leader of BA modules entitled “Science, the Environment, and Health in the News” and “Spin Unspun: Public relations and the news media”, and the masters module “Reporting Science and Health”, which is a collaboration between JOMEC’s MA in International Journalism and the SOCSI MSc in Science Communication.
He gives guest lectures on other BA and MA courses on topics such as science news, citizen journalism and the public sphere, new media and journalism studies, the influence of public relations on the news, and research methods. He also guest lectures at the Cardiff University Dental School, and the DECIPHer public health research centre. He has been a visiting lecturer in Communication Theory at the Kosovo Institute for Journalism and Communication.
Andy encourages PhD proposals about PR and the news, news coverage of science, the environment and health, or combinations of the above.
He has provided expert opinion and advice to a number of government bodies, media groups, and professional associations including the BBC, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Expert Group on Science and the Media, the National Union of Journalists, and the Welsh Assembly’s Broadcasting Subcommittee.
He regularly contributes to the UK national and regional press and broadcast media (recent media input includes Times Higher Education, Nature News, the New Statesman, national BBC Breakfast News, the Guardian Unlimited, Press Gazette, OpenDemocracy, and BBC Wales television and radio news).
In addition to this he is committed to disseminating research findings in a variety of other contexts: