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Dr Catherine Walsh

Dr Catherine Walsh

Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Email:
walshc9@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2252 0733
Location:
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision

I research in the areas of political communication, especially elite rhetoric and the construction of meaning between elites.  I am particularly interested in the construction of economic knowledge via discourses of expertise and 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. These sites include government Treasury departments and independent fiscal institutions.

I welcome supervising good PhD students in any of these areas.

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).

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In 2017-18 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 with their dissertations.

I am the primary PhD supervisor for Commonwealth Scholar Metji Makgoba, who is investigating discourses of Black Economic Empowerment and corporate social responsibility in the South African mining sector.

I am a full Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently I am investigating the UK's Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), asking:

  • How does it construct economic knowledge for elites, for the media, and for the rest of us?
  • How does it characterize the UK economy, and our Government's responsibility to and for that economy?
  • To what extent does the media accept its version as credible, and why?
  • How does it help co-ordinate economic and political elites through discourses of technocracy and expertise?
  • How does it compare to other independent fiscal institutions around the world?  How does it communicate with them?

In effect, what's the point of the OBR?

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:

  • political communication
  • political rhetoric
  • political-economic discourses
  • technocratic discourses
  • financialization
  • elites
  • treasury departments
  • independent fiscal instititutions

Past projects

I am the primary PhD supervisor for Commonwealth Scholar Metji Makgoba, who is investigating discourses of Black Economic Empowerment and corporate social responsibility in the South African mining sector.

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