Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Leslie Meier

Lecturer in Media and Communication

0113 343 6906

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.25

Office hours: Thursdays 4:30-5pm and Fridays 2-3:30pm during teaching weeks

BComm (Saskatchewan), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Western Ontario)

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • The music industries
  • The media and cultural industries
  • Critical perspectives on advertising, public relations, and promotional culture
  • Digital, creative, and cultural labour
  • Popular music, culture, and society



COMM1960 Studying Media

COMM2135 Critical Theories of Media

COMM5225M Public Relations, Culture and Society


Assessment Lead



  • Meier LM (2016) Popular Music as Promotion: Music and Branding in the Digital Age. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Journal articles

  • Hesmondhalgh D, Meier LM (2017) “What the digitalisation of music tells us about capitalism, culture and the power of the information technology sector”, Information, Communication & Society. 21.11: 1555-1570.
    DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1340498, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118507/

  • Klein B, Meier LM, Powers D (2017) “Selling Out: Musicians, Autonomy, and Compromise in the Digital Age”, POPULAR MUSIC AND SOCIETY. 40.2: 222-238.
    DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2015.1120101, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92954/

  • Stahl M, Meier LM (2012) “The Firm Foundation of Organizational Flexibility: The 360 Contract in the Digitalizing Music Industry”, Canadian Journal of Communication. 37.3: 441-458.

  • Meier LM (2011) “Promotional ubiquitous musics: Recording artists, brands, and "rendering authenticity"”, Popular Music and Society. 34.4: 399-415.

  • Meier LM (2008) “In excess? Body genres, "bad" music, and the judgment of audiences”, Journal of Popular Music Studies. 20.3: 240-260.


  • Klein B, Meier LM (2017) “In sync? Music supervisors, music placement practices, and industrial change”, In: The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. 281-290
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315681047, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/117204/

  • Meier LM (2015) “Popular Music Making and Promotional Work inside the ‘New’ Music Industry”, In: Oakley K; O'Connor J (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Routledge. 402-412

  • Hesmondhalgh DJ, Meier LM (2014) “Popular music, independence and the concept of the alternative in contemporary capitalism”, In: Bennett J; Strange N (eds.) Media Independence: Working with Freedom or Working for Free?. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82310/

  • Meier LM (2011) “In excess? Body genres, "bad" music, and the judgment of audiences”, In: Pop music and easy listening. The Library of Essays on Popular Music. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 119-139

Research Centres & Groups

I am a member of the Media Industries and Cultural Production Research Group and the Music Reading Group.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Currently supervising:

Chris Hladowski

Ellis Jones


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