Researching various aspects of politics, communication and media Researching various aspects of politics, communication and media

Paraphrasing UEA’s motto, we like to do politics differently. While many of us do retain an interest in studying mainstream politics and policies, whether in relation to migration, citizenship, political speeches, populist political parties or the European supra-state, what primarily unites us is a desire to understand the distribution of material and, in particular, symbolic resources at different levels of society.

The overriding interest in the symbolic – or the burgeoning field of cultural politics – means that we pay a great deal of attention to the working of media, both at the institutional level (how major media organisations are regulated and organised) and at the level of the everyday, investigating people’s quotidian and extraordinary media practices.

By bringing together insights from media and cultural studies, which is often interested in the everyday activities of ‘ordinary’ people while sometimes ignoring the wider political contexts that shape them, with those from political science / sociology, which tend to marginalise the importance of the cultural, the local and the everyday,  we seek two main objectives. To offer fresh perspectives on how power operates in the political, social and cultural spheres and to critically engage with a range of regulatory authorities in order to offer better solutions for tackling processes of inequality and exclusion in the contemporary era.

Our research can be divided into three main clusters;

  1. Politics of culture (gender, citizenship and belonging, social movements)
  2. Media policy (copyright, Public Service Broadcasting)
  3. International communication (Europe, China, globalisation)


We are involved in teaching a range of modules in the areas of media, culture, sociology and politics, including ;

New Media & Society, Gender & Power, Media & Globalisation, International Communication, Sport, Communication & Society, Broadcast Journalism, Political Communication, Sound & Society, Rhetoric : Democracy & the Politics of Persuasion

We are primarily responsible for organising the following courses ; BA’s in Society, Culture & Media, Politics & Media Studies, Culture, Literature & Politics, MA’s in Media, Culture & Society, Media & Cultural Politics and Broadcast Journalism  

Research projects

Current research by members of the group includes;

Political speech

Creativity, cultural diversity and copyright

Young people and football  


Below is a list of some of our latest publications

Alexandria Innes - Migration, Citizenship and the Challenge for Security

Migration, Citizenship and the Challenge for Security by Alexandria Innes

Sally Broughton Micova – International Journal of Digital Television 6:3 Special Issue 

International Journal of Digital Television Sally Broughton Micova

Li Zhang – News Media & EU-China Relations

News Media and EU-China Relations Li Zhang

John Street – Music & Politics

Music and Politics by John Street

We also write for a whole host of other organisations and make regular public appearances to talk about our work ;

The power and politics of punk

Reporting on the Euro Crisis

European Media Regulation

EU-China relations

Glastonbury talk, Left Field, New Radical Movements  

Reason and rhetoric in the general election campaign

More information about members of the group can be found below ;

Sally Broughton-Micova

Alan Finlayson

Alexandria Innes

Maria Kyriakidou

Marina Prentoulis

Michael Skey

John Street

Rob Topinka

Helen Warner

Mark Wells 

Li Zhang