Research Groups represent the main areas of research at the School of Media and Communication. These areas are broadly defined and provide a forum for discussion and collaboration for research-active staff and PhD students, but also for non-research contracted staff who wish to get involved in research activities. They are living structures and are expected to engage in a certain range of activities, as outlined below.
Research Groups are light-touch structures to keep the organisational workload to a minimum. It is up to the Research Groups to decide how to organise themselves, but their main purpose is to support and integrate research active staff and research students. They engage in a broad range of activities, but the two key functions are:
- To hold regular meetings/seminars to provide forum for discussion where members of the Research Group can present, and receive feedback on, work in progress;
- To contribute to the departmental research seminar series.
The School currently has five research groups:
- Cultural Production and Media Policy
- International Communication
- Journalism Studies
- Political Communication
- Visual and Digital Cultures
We also run an active Feminist Reading Group.