We are committed to undertaking research that engages with contemporary issues across journalism, the media and communications both theoretically and practically.

Our research was ranked 2nd in the UK for quality and impact in the UK government's latest assessment of research.

A key strength of our research environment is the dialogue between research and practice-based staff which helps us to deliver impactful research outcomes in terms of practice and policy in the wider world.

Our research is carried out by specialised centres and groups who explore a range of topics within our research themes. They contribute to a lively research environment through research seminars and talks, conferences and new awards.

Our research themes

  • Journalism, democracy, politics and elections
  • Community and citizen journalism
  • Social media and protest
  • Big data and surveillance
  • Exploring media futures
  • Media history, policy and ethics
  • Culture, creativity, film and television studies
  • Visual cultures and technologies
  • Representing diversity and inequality
  • Mediations of war, conflict and crisis
  • Reporting science and health issues
  • Innovations in research methodologies