The School of Media and Communication’s research encompasses a wide range of topics under the umbrella of Global Communication. While researchers involved in the group adopt many methods and approaches, their work is broadly united by a critical focus on the manifestation of power relations through communication processes, including those in the rapidly evolving digital realm. Participants have regional interests in Europe, Africa, southeast Asia, and Latin America.
The Global Communication Research Group promotes advanced research, supports postgraduate teaching and enhances understanding of international communications across the University of Leeds and beyond. It continues the work of the Centre for International Communications Research which has promoted international communications research at the University of Leeds since the 1990s.
GCRG participants’ interests include:
- visual culture and globalization
- development and participatory communication
- political economy and structures of global communications
- broadcasting, journalism and the flow of news
- policy regimes, including copyright
- the urban in global communication
- the representation of developing countries and development
- the mediation of international conflict and crisis, including climate change and migration.
The Research Group organises events related to global communication as well serving as a forum for discussion of current research and developments. The GCRG is committed to research-led teaching, as demonstrated in the highly successful MA in International Communications, which has been flourishing since the 1990s with hundreds of alumni around the world. We also support a vibrant PhD programme, and we are interested in receiving proposals in all areas of global communications.
In 2017 the Research Group is co-convening a Leeds Humanities Research Institute seminar series on the representation of migration and a one day international symposium about the role of development aid in the determining the nature of journalism in Africa and Latin America.