Professor Stuart Allan
BAA, MA, PhD
Head of School
Stuart Allan is Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) here at Cardiff University.
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 eleven others, including The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (Routledge, 2012; revised edition) and Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity (Routledge, 2017). His research has also appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and contributions to edited collections, and has been translated into several languages. 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 fifteen international journals, including Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Digital Journalism; New Media & Society; Media, War & Conflict; Communication, Culture & Critique; Text & Talk; Environmental Communication; Time & Society; Journalism & Communication Monographs; and Global Media and China.
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.
In 2016-17, Stuart co-taught the first-year undergraduate module 'Understanding Journalism,' and the postgraduate module 'Citizen Journalism and Digital Publics.' He also delivered several guest lectures on other modules.
He supervises PhD students and welcomes inquiries from future doctoral students, especially in the areas signalled in his research interests noted above.
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 is currently co-authoring a book on the history of war photography. He has a longstanding interest in science journalism, including with respect to its transition to digital environments and, more recently, the reporting of citizen science. Further research interests include journalism and human rights, media history, 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, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and Swedish Research Council, amongst others.