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Digital Media and Society

This research group explores the uses of digital media within a range of social, political and cultural contexts. We investigate the implications of technological change for media and communication practices, journalism, and cultural processes, and its interactions with social transformations.

We understand digital media as infused with power and with the potential to both disrupt and strengthen existing communicative practices and social relations and we are developing interdisciplinary approaches and dialogue around themes such as:

  • Democracy and participation, collaboration and co-production;
  • Digital journalism, community journalism, networked journalism, new practices of curation and aggregation;
  • Internet, politics and citizenship;
  • Online/media activism, digital protest, 'connective action', hacktivism, and the discourse of ‘liberation technology;
  • Social media, social transformation, new business empires and alternatives;
  • Self-representation, citizen’s media, digital storytelling and user-creativity;
  • Online communities; diaspora and migration;
  • Political economy of digital media;
  • Big data and visualization, open data and transparency;
  • Internet policy, surveillance, filtering, net neutrality, policy processes (ICANN, IGF);
  • Digital culture and intersections with the creative economy
  • Transmedia, gamification and pervasive media;
  • Open access, open learning and innovation in education;

Group members interface with a wide range of partners, including other Universities, the media, creative and cultural industries, and policy makers. Group members are also involved in a variety of public engagement activities and contribute to policy around these issues.

The work of the group informs, and is informed by, our teaching at all levels, and interacts with, and supports, our Masters programmes in the field of digital media. Group members activities include talks, conferences, consultancies, journal special issues, research proposals and collaborations. If you are interested in collaborating with the group, please get in touch.


Coding for Social Change
30 January 2015

Conference with leading practitioners and experts on ways in which digital technologies are transforming society, with a focus on practices in journalism, citizen engagement and issues concerning restrictions and rights in a digital environment. Speakers included, among others, Alan Rusbridger (Editor, The Guardian) and Jillian C. York (Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation).

Funded research

Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks.

Other funded research topics include: pervasive multimedia documentary, user-generated content in a variety of contexts, digital storytelling, online games, memorialisation via social networks, hyperlocal journalism, community-driven arts listings and creative citizenship.

PhD students include:

  • Philippa Carvell - Online Football Fandom – A study of Swansea City fans on
    Andy Fox - Convergence and Interactive Television
  • Hugh Griffiths - Digital platforms: Learning, change and nation branding
  • Marina Morani - New media and new Italians: an analysis of online intercultural projects
  • Sara Sylvester - The Lives of Fictional Artists: Constructed Identities, Imagined Narratives and Transmedia Landscapes
  • Aulia Wimboyono - Being Muslim The Indonesian Way: The Construction and Representation of Femininity in Social Media


The journal Digital Journalism is edited by Professor Bob Franklin. Digital Journalism is an international, peer reviewed journal published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis, which provides a critical forum for scholarly discussion, analysis and responses to the wide ranging implications of digital technologies, along with economic, political and cultural developments, for the practice and study of journalism.

Since its launch early in 2013, the first issue of Digital Journalism has received more downloads than any other journal by Routledge, and continues to break download records. It has now been extended from 3 to 4 issues a year, a record six months from its launch. You can follow Digital Journalism on Facebook or Professor Bob Franklin on Twitter.

Links with other research groups

Many of our research projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with other Schools at Cardiff, and members of this Group also contribute to research within the School focusing on ‘Mediatized Conflict’, ‘Risk, Science and Health’, ‘Race, Representation and Cultural Politics’ and ‘Journalism Studies' research.

Links with degree programmes

International collaboration

We also have strong links with colleagues both nationally and internationally and the School attracts Visiting Fellows from all over the world.