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Dr Lucy Bennett BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff)

Dr Lucy Bennett

BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff)

Lecturer in Media Audiences (Teaching and Research)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 (0)29 2251 0789
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a lecturer in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, with research interests and expertise in popular music and media, fandom and fan cultures, and media audiences. 

I teach and designed the undergraduate degree modules:

Popular Music, Media & Culture (third year)

Media Fandom (second year) 

In 2020 I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

I also am a music writer, conducting interviews with bands and musicians, for God is in the TV. My latest pieces of music journalism are here:

I co-founded and co-chair (with Dr Tom Phillips) the Fan Studies Network ( Involving hundreds of members worldwide, since its launch in 2012 the network has fruitfully forged new connections and collaborations between academics in the field. 

In 2016 I also undertook consultation work for YouTube in California, advising and producing research on fans and digital fandom. I am on the editorial board for the journals New Media & Society, The Journal of Fandom Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures, and have also appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking about my work on music fans and technology. On a more local level, I am passionate about the music scene in Cardiff/Wales and am on the jury for the Welsh Music Prize, and on the judging panel for the Cardiff Music Awards. 

I have published two books: Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society (edited with Bertha Chin and Bethan Jones, Peter Lang, 2015) and Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture (edited with Paul Booth, Bloomsbury, 2016). My work on digital culture and media appears in journals such as New Media & Society, Transformative Works and Cultures, Celebrity Studies, The Journal of Fandom Studies, Social Semiotics, Discourse, Context & Media, Cinema Journal, Participations and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 

I have worked on a variety of media research projects. Most recently, I worked as a research associate on a GW4 funded project examining cameras in courtrooms, and was a research assistant on the media strand for the ESRC research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations after the Snowden Leaks. Prior to this, I was also a research associate on a UNHCR funded project examining media representations of refugees in the British press, and have been undertaking research on the represetation of media studies. I worked as a researcher on a number of different projects in the school, including four BBC Trust reviews, and most particualrly the 2012 BBC Trust impartiality review focusing on breadth of opinion, of which I contributed to the final published report.

In 2013 I was highlighted as one of five ‘new voices’ in media and cultural studies by Cinema Journal, journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Prior to my current role in JOMEC, during 2014 I led and designed her own module (‘Understanding Culture’) on the MSc at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.


















Lucy teaches and designed the undergraduate degree modules:

Popular Music, Media & Culture (third year)

Media Fandom (second year) 

  • Fandom and Media Audiences: Lucy researches how fandom and audiences are being impacted by technology and the implications that arise out of this. Her PhD thesis focused on an online community of R.E.M. fans and their negotiations of norms and standards online. She has published further on topics such as the use of technology during live music concerts, the use and implications of Twitter by fans, celebrities and producers, and Lady Gaga, social media and activism. In addition to her published work in this area, Lucy is on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies and has edited three special journal issues on fandom and digital culture: two for Participations and one for Transformative Works and Cultures.
  • Digital culture, media and society: Lucy has been researching crowdfunding and digital ethics, co-editing a special issue of New Media & Society (2015) and a book for Peter Lang publishers 2015), on this subject. Both of these collections are the first to be published on this emerging topic. Lucy has also engaged in collaborative research with the Social Computing Research Centre at University of Lincoln, focusing on use of social media during music festivals, and also abuse of othered communities by second-screening audiences via Twitter. She has also published research on the 2011 England riots and how television viewership and social media have converged surrounding issues of power. In addition, in 2013 Lucy collaborated with Darren Kelsey to publish research examining surveillance, discipline and resistance on social media, focusing on the Paul Chambers ‘Twitter Joke Trial’.
  • Media Impartiality: Lucy has conducted research for the BBC Trust across three different projects in the school: (1) a 2007 project looking at ‘Accuracy and Impartiality in Coverage of the Four UK Nations’, which formed the King report and had impact in the news reporting of devolved issues. Lucy contributed to the final published report,  (2) the 2009 follow-up review, and (3) the 2012 BBC impartiality media review of breadth of opinion, which involved the analysis of a sample of BBC television, radio, online, Channel 4 news, and ITV news coverage. Lucy contributed to the published BBC Trust report.


I would be interested in supervising PhD students in the the areas of:

  • Popular music
  • Fandom/media audiences
  • Popular culture

Current MPhil and PhD student topics supervised:

  • Gendered music consumption practices on the Internet
  • Fandom is Beautiful (Except When It Isn’t): Hatred, Dislike and Toxicity Online
  • #MeToo in the Media: justice and discourse
  • "Peppa Pig: ‘Poor Daddy having to work. Lucky Mummy, you can play at home all day!’ An investigation into the representation of gendered parenthood roles in pre-school and children’s television"

Current supervision

Laura Sinclair

Research student

Rachel Phillips

Research student

Henry Morgan

Research student


Bethan Jones

Research student