Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Media and Communication


Dr Stephen Lax

Senior Lecturer, Communication Technology

0113 343 5817

2.14 Clothworkers' Building North, 2.14

Office hours: Tuesdays 4.00-5.00 term-time

B.Sc., D.Phil, Sussex


With a background in Physics – my PhD explored aspects of optical communications – I developed an interest in the social role of communication technology and the ways in which technologies are understood and discussed. After teaching Electronic Engineering for a few years I joined the University of Leeds as a lecturer in Communication Technology, concerned with the wider role of technology in communications.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of MeCCSA, the UK’s Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Assocation and have served as chair of its Radio Studies Network.

I am on the editorial board of two journals, the Journal of Radio and Audio Media and the International Journal of Digital Television.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the role of emerging communications technologies and the relationships between technology and society, including the role of media and technology policy. Over recent years I have studied the emergence of digital broadcasting, including new radio technologies, and worked with colleagues in the Digital Radio Cultures in Europe research group.





I currently teach on the following modules:

  • COMM2145 Technology in Media and Communication
  • COMM5750/COMM3980 Radio: Technologies, Industries, Cultures



  • Lax SE, Zoellner A, Steinmetz R, Grieves K, Newton G (2014) Digitale Leuchtturmprojekte des lokalen und regionalen Hörfunks und Fernsehens. Social-Media-Programmfeedback in Deutschland, Großbritannien und den USA. Berlin: Vistas.

  • O'Neill B, Jauet P, Shaw H, Fossi MA, Lax SE, Nyre L (2009) Digital Radio in Europe. Intellect L & D E F A E.

  • Lax SE (2009) Media and Communication Technologies: a Critical Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Lax SE (2001) Access Denied in the Information Age. Palgrave.

  • Lax SE (1997) Beyond the Horizon: Communications Technologies: Past, Present and Future. University of Luton Press.

Journal articles

  • Ala-Fossi M, Lax S (2016) “The short future of public broadcasting: Replacing digital terrestrial television with internet protocol?”, International Communication Gazette. 78.4: 365-382.
    DOI: 10.1177/1748048516632171, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94851/

  • Zoellner A, Lax S (2015) “On-Air and Online: Social Media and Local Radio Production in the UK”, Medien Journal. Zeitschrift fuer Kommunikationsforschung Hartung A; Herczeg P (eds.). 39.2: 5-18.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91552/

  • Lax SE (2014) “The failure of a ‘success story’: digital radio policy in the UK”, Australian Journalism Review. 36.2: 103-115.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82580/

  • Lax SE (2011) “Digital radio switchover: the UK experience”, International Journal of Digital Television. 2.2: 145-160.
    DOI: 10.1386/jdtv.2.2.145_1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/43903/

  • Lax SE, Ala-Fossi M, Jauert P, Shaw H (2008) “DAB, the future of radio? The development of digital radio in four European countries”, Media, Culture & Society. 30.2: 151-166.
    DOI: 10.1177/0163443707086858, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/43902/

  • Ala-Fossi M, Lax SE, O'Neill B, Jauert P, Shaw H (2008) “The future of radio is still digital - but which one? Expert perspectives and future scenarios for radio media in 2015”, Journal of Radio and Audio Media. 15.1: 4-25.

  • Lax SE (2003) “The Prospects for Digital Radio: Policy and technology for a new broadcasting system”, Information, Communication and Society. 6.3: 326-349.
    DOI: 10.1080/1369118032000155276

  • Lax SE (1999) “Windows of Opportunity: Schools and the Internet in the United Kingdom”, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. 17.4: 29-32.

  • Lax SE (1998) “Democracy and New Communications Technologies: Superhighway or Blind Alley?”, Convergence. 4.3: 30-37.


  • Lax SE (2012) “Radio in the UK: Technology and Policy for an Industry in Transition”, In: Hendricks JA (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 477-498

  • Lax SE (2009) “'A vision for radio'. Engineering solutions for changing audiences, from FM to DAB”, In: O'Neill B; Jauet P; Shaw H; Fossi MA; Lax SE; Nyre L (eds.) Digital Radio in Europe: Technologies, Industries and Cultures. Bristol: Intellect L & D E F A E. 67-84

  • Ala-Fossi M, Bakker P, Ellonen HK, Kung L, Lax SE, Sabada C, van der Wurff R (2008) “The impact of the internet on business models in the media industries - a sector by sector analysis”, In: Kung L; Picard RG; Towse R (eds.) The Internet and the Mass Media. Sage. 149-169

  • Lax SE (2007) “Digital radio and the diminution of the public sphere”, In: Butsch R (eds.) Media and Public Spheres. Palgrave. 109-121

  • Lax SE (2007) “‘Access Denied’: Arguments about Equality and Access to New Media in the Information Society”, In: Nightingale V; Dwyer T (eds.) New Media Worlds: Challenges for Convergence. Oxford University Press. 199-213

  • Lax SE (2006) “Television and video technology: from analogue to digital”, In: Gomery D; Hockley L (eds.) Television Industries. British Film Institute. 28-31

  • Lax SE (2004) “The internet and democracy (revised version)”, In: Gauntlett D; Horsley R (eds.) Web studies 2nd edition. Arnold. 217-229

  • Lax SE (2001) “Information, education and inequality: is new technology the solution?”, In: Lax S (eds.) Access Denied in the Information Age. Palgrave. 107-124

  • Lax SE (2000) “The Internet and Democracy”, In: Gauntlett D (eds.) Web.studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age. Arnold (London) & Oxford University Press (New York). 159-169

  • Lax S “Digital radio and the diminution of the public sphere (revised version)”, In: Butsch R (eds.) Media and Public Spheres. Palgrave Macmillan. 109-121

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I  supervise PhD students in the area of media technology, media policy, broadcasting technology; radio and community radio.

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