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Professor of Communication

Professor Justin Lewis

Professor Justin Lewis

Professor Justin Lewis is the former Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and former Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University.

His interest in the creative economy began in the 1980s, when he worked on cultural policy for the Greater London Council (experience which led to his first book: Art, Culture and Enterprise: The Politics of Art and the Cultural Industries). Between 1988 and 2000 he worked at Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, before coming to Cardiff in 2000.

He has written and edited many books about communication, the cultural industries, news and politics, including Constructing Public Opinion and Citizens or Consumers: The Media and the Decline of Political Participation and Climate Change and the Media. His latest book is Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination.

He has led a number of research projects for the BBC, the BBC Trust, Channel 4, the Office of Science and Innovation, the AHRC, the ESRC and Rowntree. He was a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework panel for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management.

Justin has always been interested in impact research, recently setting up the Centre for Community Journalism, and believes that the university can play a key role in enhancing the dynamism and diversity of the creative economy in Cardiff, Wales and beyond.