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Dr Caitriona Noonan BBS (Limerick), PhD (Glasgow), PgCLT (Glamorgan)

Dr Caitriona Noonan

BBS (Limerick), PhD (Glasgow), PgCLT (Glamorgan)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Email:
noonanc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20874187
Location:
1.32, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision

Dr Caitriona Noonan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC).  She is an active researcher in the areas of television production, public service broadcasting, creative labour and cultural policy. More information about her research is available at www.smallnationsscreen.org 

She is co-author of the book Producing British Television Drama: Local Production in a Global Era (Palgrave, 2019). This book recentres questions of power, control and sustainability in the production of television drama.  Her articles appear in journals such as the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Cultural Trends, and the European Journal of Cultural Studies.  She co-edited a book on Cultural Work and Higher Education in 2013.

Caitriona is currently principal investigator on an AHRC ECR funded project 'Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating and Shaping Cultural Policy for the Film and TV Industries within Small Nations'.  This is a two-year project with Professor Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales) that examines the strategies for economic and cultural sustainability adopted by publicly funded screen agencies.  

Caitriona is also one of several JOMEC researchers involved with the AHRC-funded Centre of Excellence for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries (PEC) led by Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation.  She will contribute to the research strand on ‘Arts, Culture and Public Service Broadcasting.’

In 2015 she was part of a successful bid to the AHRC Research Networking Scheme. 'The Television from Small Nations' network ran from August 2015 until July 2016 and was a collaboration between Dr Noonan, Prof McElroy and Dr Anne Marit Waade (Aarhus University), together with industry partners: the European Broadcasting Union, Royal Television Society (Wales), S4C (Wales) and TG4 (Ireland). The network drew together TV professionals and academics from a range of disciplines to address the specific challenges and opportunities facing broadcasters and producers in small nations.

Caitriona's research findings and industry engagements have led her to make submissions to various government and non-government bodies (including DCMS, BBC, OFCOM, Welsh Assembly, etc).  These submissions have been directly cited to inform recommendations and policies.  A full list of these reports is available under the Engagement tab.

Caitriona is also researching the production of arts television both in the UK and overseas.  To date she has interviewed senior executives and producers at the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Arts, ABC and RTE, along with independent producers and arts organizations.  This research will be published in the coming months.  Further information on that work can be found at: www.artsbroadcasting.wordpress.com 

Caitriona serves on the steering group of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, sits on the editorial board of the Media Education Research Journal and is part of an interdisciplinary research group with colleagues in the business school on Creative Labour and Cultural Production.

In 2017 Caitriona was a visiting research fellow at the School of Literature, Art and Media at the University of Sydney.

Caitriona welcomes PhD proposals and research collaborations in the areas of television studies including labour and production analysis, public service broadcasting, genres (such as drama and factual) and institutional histories.  She is also interested in broader questions of creative labour, cultural policy and media provision in small nations including Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.   

Sept 2015 - ongoing: Lecturer in Media and Culture
School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University

Jan 2010 – August 2015:  Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communications
School for Creative Industries, University of South Wales

Sept 2005 – June 2009:  Ph.D
Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow

Sept 2003 – August 2005:  Market Consultant
Enterprise Ireland (Scotland office), Trade & Technology Board of the Irish Government

Sept 1999 – May 2003: Bachelor of Business Studies and French
University of Limerick

Honours and awards

Early Career Research Grant (513316), AHRC, June 2018 - May 2020
Project: Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating and Shaping Cultural Policy for the Film and TV Industries within Selected Small Nations.  Two-year study to gather and analyse original empirical data in relation to the ambitions, activities and outputs of screen agencies within seven small European nations.
www.smallnationsscreen.org

Co-Investigator, AHRC, October 2018 - July 2023
Project: Centre of Excellent for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries (PEC)
The PEC will provide independent research and authoritative recommendations that will aid the development of policies for the UK's creative industriesis.  The project is led by Nesta and involves a consortium of UK-wide universities.  Cardiff University will lead on the research strand related to 'Arts, Culture and Public Service Broadcasting'.
www.pec.ac.uk

International Seedcorn Funding, Cardiff University (July 2017)
Project: Arts Broadcasting, a comparative study of UK and Australian television

Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP), Cardiff University (Summer 2016 and Summer 2019)
2016 Project: A Quantitative study of arts television on UK television screens.  Research assistance provided by Isobel Ford (BA English Lit, Cardiff Uni)
2019 Project: When Craft met E: Traditional craft skills in the digital age. The case of UK film and TV.  Research assistance provided by Scarlet Charles and Marta Abascal Centenera (both JOMEC students, Cardiff Uni)

International Research Network Grant, AHRC (Aug 2015 - July 2016)
Project: Television from Small Nations.  The network drew together TV professionals and academics from a range of disciplines to address the specific challenges and opportunities facing broadcasters and producers in small nations.

Strategic Insight Partnership, HEFCW (May 2014)                     
Project: Investigating collaboration and best practice in the Danish screen industries

Research Investment Scheme, University of Glamorgan (Apr 2012)                       
Project: A study of the Roath Lock Studios as a landmark development for the creative industries in Wales and the UK. Funding for research assistance for one year.

Finalist for the 2011 Cultural Policy Research Award (Oct 2011)                   
European Cultural Foundation

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Dr Noonan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

She has led a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and currently teaches:

  • Critical Issues in Television Production
  • Understanding Media Business

She supervises MA, MRes and PhD research.

Caitriona welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of television studies including labour and production analysis, public service broadcasting, genres (such as drama and factual) and insitutional histories. She is also interested in broader questions of creative labour, cultural policy and media provision in small nations.

  • Television production cultures
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • The production of TV drama
  • Arts and cultural broadcasting in the UK and internationally
  • Media in and from small nations
  • Cultural intermediaries in TV & film (e.g. regional and screen development agencies)
  • Media and cultural policy (PSB, higher ed, regional development, decentralisation)
  • Places & spaces of creative production
  • Irish media

Research Website

www.smallnationsscreen.org

www.artsbroadcasting.wordpress.com

www.smallnationstv.org

Caitriona welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of:

- Television studies
- Creative labour
- Cultural production
- Public service broadcasting
- Cultural policy
- Media in and from small nations
- Irish media

Caitriona is actively engaged in policy and industry discussions around the provision of film and television.  She routinely cotributes to official inquiries and consultations.  Here is a list of the evidence she has submitted which draws directly on her research.

Research-based Evidence Submitted to Public Inquiries

Noonan, C. 2019. Written submission to the House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry into Public Service Broadcasting in the Age of Video on Demand, May 2019. Evidence available: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/communications-committee/public-service-broadcasting-in-the-age-of-video-on-demand/written/101120.pdf

Noonan, C. 2018 Written and oral evidence to the Culture, Communications and Welsh Language Committee of the National Assembly as part of their consultation on Film and Major TV Production in Wales. Evidence available at http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=21238).

Noonan, C. 2017. Written submission to OFCOM consultation on Regional TV Production and Programming, July 2017. Consultation website: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-regional-tv-production-programming-guidance

Noonan, C. 2017. Contestable funding and its impact on funding model for arts broadcasting. Written evidence submitted to Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of contestable fund consultation, February 2017. Report available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/670719/Public_Service_Broadcasting_Contestable_Fund_Consultation_-_Government_Response__1_.pdf

Noonan, C. & Morgan Lloyd, S. 2017. Written submission made on The Future of S4C to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, National Assembly for Wales, March 2017. Report available: http://www.assembly.wales/laid%20documents/cr-ld11157/cr-ld11157-e.pdf

Noonan. C. Kidd, J. Bennett, L. Garcia-Blanco, I. 2017. Written submission to British Academy consultation on Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, March 2017. Report available: https://www.britac.ac.uk/publications/right-skills-celebrating-skills-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences-ahss

Noonan, C. & Genders, A. 2017. Written submission to OFCOM consultation on BBC regulation, July 2017. Consultation website: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/bbc-performance

Noonan, C & Genders, A. 2016. Securing the Future of Arts Broadcasting. Written evidence to inquiry led by Lord Puttnam on Future for Public Service Television. Report available: http://futureoftv.org.uk/report/

Noonan, C & Powell, S. 2016. Content and Platforms in a Digital World: PSB in and for Wales. Written evidence to inquiry led by Lord Puttnam on Future for Public Service Television. Report available: http://futureoftv.org.uk/report/

Industry Reports

• Television from Small Nations: Building a network for commercial and cultural success, 2017. Available: https://smallnationstv.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/television-from-small-nations-report.pdf

• Impact of contestable fund on UK television industry. The European Broadcast Union (EBU), August 2017. Report available: https://www.ebu.ch/files/live/sites/ebu/files/Publications/MIS/members_only/funding/EBU-MIS_Contestable-Funding-for-Public-Service-Content.pdf

• Television Drama Production in Wales, 2015. Available: http://culture.research.southwales.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2015-11-11/Television_Drama_Production_in_Wales.pdf