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Professor Stuart Allan BAA, MA, PhD

Professor Stuart Allan


Professor of Journalism and Communication

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44(0)29 208 74509
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision


Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) here at Cardiff University. He recently completed a 5.5 year term as Head of School, and is currently busy preparing a book, amongst other projects, on research leave.

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 thirteen others, including The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (Routledge, 2012; revised edition), Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity (Routledge, 2017), the co-edited The Future of Journalism: Risks, Threats and Opportunities (Routledge, 2018) and, most recently, Journalism, Gender and Power (Routledge, 2019), co-edited with C. Carter and L Steiner. 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 several 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 2019-20, Stuart co-teaches the first-year undergraduate module 'Understanding Journalism,' and the postgraduate module 'Citizen Journalism and Digital Publics.' He also delivers 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 is currently involved in several research projects. He is one of several JOMEC researchers involved with the AHRC-funded Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) led by Nesta in London, where our focus is on ‘Arts, Culture and Public Service Broadcasting.’ A further project 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.