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Research Profile

Ms Joanna Coates 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 75441
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Address:2.21 Glamorgan Building


  • 2003-2007 BScEcon Sociology and Criminology (included a placement year working as a Research Assistant in the Office of the Chief Social Research Officer in the Welsh Assembly Government)
  • 2007-2008 MSc Social Science Research Methods (Dissertation: Shifting Relations of Production and Exchange: Immaterial Product in a Digital Society)
  • 2008-present 1+3 ESRC funded PhD student (Sociology/Social Policy)

(All qualifications were obtained at Cardiff University)

Research Interests

  • Consumer engagement with web-mounted media (particularly mp3 music files).
  • Considerations of commodity exchange and changing notions of value in digital spaces.
  • Challenges in marshalling intellectual property circulated online.
  • Changing relationships and roles of producers and consumers in interacting with digitised, immaterial product.
  • Formation of policy designed to foster the creative economy and creative industries.

Research Group Membership


Dr Ian Welsh

Dr Bella Dicks