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Dr Catherine Walsh

Dr Catherine Walsh


School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 (0)29 2252 0733
1.42, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I study political communication, particularly the construction of knowledge via discourses of expertise, risk, and trust within elite networks.  

My favourite sites to investigate are at the boundary between the financial sector and the state, where discourses can be quite technocratic as well as political and financial. Such sites include government Treasury departments, other fiscal institutions, and the "quality" press.  Lately I've also started researching in the area of environmental activism and political discourses of green transformations. 

I welcome supervising good PhD students in any area of elite political communication or political discourses of green transformations.


Before joining JOMEC in July 2017 I spent three years as a Lecturer at Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

I was awarded my doctorate by the University of London in 2014, for research undertaken within the Department of Media & Communications at Goldsmiths' College.  My PhD dissertation was entitled, "Financialization and the UK State: 1976-2013." 

I hold three other degrees from Canadian universities: MA Religious Studies (MUN); BEd Secondary (UNB); and BSc Chemistry (SFXU).











In 2020-21 I am developing, leading, and lecturing the following:

  • MC2632: Public Relations and Political Communication (20 credits)
  • MC3630: Media, Money, and Markets (20 credits)
  • MCT567: Public Relations Offline and Online (10 credits)

I also support undergraduate and masters' students in their dissertations.  

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently I am researching:

  • the influence of the UK's Office for Budget Responsibility in elite networks
  • the construction of fiscal expertise in British newspapers
  • the representation of environmental activism across the British and German press (with Dr. Stefanie Walter of the University of Bremen, funded by the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance Collaborative Fund)

My past projects have centred around financialization, Her Majesty's Treasury, and the genre of budget speeches to Parliament. 


I welcome supervising PhD students in any of:

  • elite political communication
  • political rhetoric
  • political-economic discourses
  • technocratic discourses
  • financialization
  • treasury departments and other fiscal instititutions
  • environmental representations
  • green discourses
  • green economic transformations

Current supervision

Abdulaziz Alajlan

Research student

Past projects

From 2017-2020 I was the primary doctoral supervisor of Commonwealth Scholar Metji Makgoba.  In 2019 the peer-reviewed journal African Studies published Metji's preliminary research findings as a research article entitled Constructing black economic empowerment in South African mining: Government v corporate discourse.  In 2020 Metji successfullly defended his PhD in viva voce, submitted his final dissertation draft, and returned to his lectureship position at Univerisy of Limpopo.


Walsh, C (2014) "The Treasury We Choose." Fabian Review. 126 (2), pp. 8-9.