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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)

Email
bennettl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0789
Campuses
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

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

I teach and designed the undergraduate degree modules:

Popular Music, Media & Culture 

Media Fandom  

I also am involved in music journalism, conducting interviews with bands and musicians, for online music publication God is in the TV

I have undertaken consultation work for YouTube in California, advising and producing research on fans and digital fandom. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking about my research on popular music fandom and have given input to The Recording Academy/The Grammies on popular music, social media and authenticity. I am currently working with Welsh cultural and music platform AM on research on thier audiences. 

I recently curated an educational video playlist on Popular Music, Media and Culture for Learning on Screen, which you can access here: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/bob-curated-playlists/popular-music-media-and-culture/

I am on the editorial board for the journals New Media & Society, The Journal of Fandom Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures, 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 co-founded and co-chair (with Dr Tom Phillips) the Fan Studies Network (https://fanstudies.org/). Involving hundreds of members worldwide, since its launch in 2012 the network has fruitfully forged new connections and collaborations between academics in the field. 

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 popular music, 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. 

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.

I have worked on a variety of media research project, including 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 undertook 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, including the prominent 2012 BBC Trust impartiality review focusing on breadth of opinion, of which I contributed to the final published report. Prior to my current role in JOMEC, during 2014 I led and designed the module ‘Understanding Culture’ on the MSc at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.

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

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Teaching

I teach and design the following undergraduate degree modules:

Popular Music, Media & Culture 

Media Fandom 

I have also been the module co-odinator for the Dissertation, and Media and Gender modules. 

My key research areas are:

  • Popular Music: My key area of research is popular music and how it intersects with media and culture. I teach a big third year module on this topic and supervise BA, MA, and PhD students in JOMEC in this area. I have published academic research on on music festivals, musician presence on social media, live music concerts, digital music fandom and online music cultures. I am currently undertaking academic research on music journalism. 
  • Music Fandom: I have been researching how music fandom and audiences are being impacted by technology and the implications that arise out of this. My PhD thesis focused on an online community of R.E.M. fans and their online fandom. I have 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 my published jorunal articles and books in this area, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies and Transformative Works and Cultures.

    Supervision

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

    • Popular music
    • Fandom/media audiences

    Current MPhil and PhD student topics supervised:

    • Popular music consumption practices on the Internet
    • #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"

    Completed projects supervised: 

    • Fandom is Beautiful (Except When It Isn’t): Hatred, Dislike and Toxicity Online

    Current supervision

    Laura Sinclair

    Research student

    Rachel Phillips

    Research student

    Henry Morgan

    Research student

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    Bethan Jones

    Research student

    Past projects