Research area ​

The cultural politics, communications and media group explores the everyday nature of power, its lived experience as oppression and privilege. We examine the importance of identity, and how it structures the socio-political landscape, and we interrogate ideology and the way it takes shape in a digital world. In all these processes, we understand the role of the media and the importance of culture as central.​

Our research examines social movements, explores the window that critical theory opens on power relations, and asks questions about regulation and governance of these fields, particularly as digital technologies present new challenges for established models of understanding. We look at how media and politics connect, and how individual experience of political affect can be aggregated into potent collectivities. We draw on political science, cultural studies, media theory, media regulation, journalism, psychology, and area studies.​



​Staff research interests ​

The cultural politics, communications and media group includes the following researchers:​
Sally Broughton-Micova media regulation​
Alan Finlayson political thought, social theory, cultural studies, rhetoric, ideology, interpretive methods, critical policy studies, democratic theory, agonism, cultural politics​
Ben Little activism, politics of digital culture, generation, comic books and graphics novels​
Kate Mattocks cultural policy
Hazel Marsh Latin American film and media, popular culture, and the history, societies and political cultures of Latin America​
Clare Pracey practical media
John Street copyright and copyright policy, the politics of music, celebrity politics, political communication​
Helen Warner gender, production culture and the creative industries.​
Alex Williams hegemony, political strategy, digital cultures, digital politics, digital platforms, Marxism, social movements, politics of work.​

The cultural politics, communications and media group includes the following research students:​​
Xing Huang​
Kasia Piwnicka

Contact ​

For queries about this research group, please contact Professor Toby James.​
Prospective research students with interests in cultural politics, communications and media are invited to visit postgraduate research for general enquiries, or contact Dr. Sally Broughton-Micova.​