Dr Lucy Bennett
BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff)
Lecturer in Media Audiences (Teaching and Research)
Dr Lucy Bennett is a lecturer in Media Audiences at JOMEC.
Prior to this, she 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, she was also a research associate on a UNHCR funded project examining media representations of refugees in the British press, and has been undertaking research on the represetation of media studies. Lucy has worked as a researcher on a number of different projects in the school, including four BBC Turst reviews, and most particualrly the 2012 BBC Trust impartiality review focusing on breadth of opinion, of which she contributed to the final published report.
In 2016 Lucy also undertook consultation work for YouTube in California, advising and producing research on fans and digital fandom. She is on the editorial board for the journals New Media & Society, The Journal of Fandom Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking about fans and technology.
Lucy has 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). Her 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.
Lucy co-founded and co-chairs (with Dr Tom Phillips) the Fan Studies Network (https://fanstudies.org/). Involving over 500 members worldwide, since its launch in 2012 the network has fruitfully forged new connections and collaborations between academics in the field. The network and its annual conference has provided an enthusiastic and welcoming space for academics in all stages of study interested in fans and fandom to connect, share resources, and develop their research ideas.
In 2013 Lucy 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 her current role in JOMEC, during 2014 she led and designed her own module (‘Understanding Culture’) on the MSc at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.
Lucy welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of media audiences, fans and fandom, popular culture, as well as issues surrounding citizens/the public and the media.
During 2017-2018 I will be teaching the modules Media and Gender (Autumn Semester) and Creative and Cultural Industries (Spring Semester).
- 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’.
- Audiences and Fandom: 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.
- 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.
Lucy’s research interests include the following:
- Digital media: use, technology, ethics, and its impact on citizens and society
- Audiences and fandom/fan cultures, including digital fandom
- Use of technology by audiences at live events
- Crowdfunding, media industries and digital ethics
Lucy is currently conducting research into the use of technology by audiences at live music concerts; representations of fandom in media and popular culture; social media use in responding to endings in music fan culture; and is conducting an examination into participatory media audiences for the CEDAR research network. She is also preparing to co-author a book with Bertha Chin on social media and fandom.