Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Media and Communication


Featured Research Projects


    Media, Conflict and Democratisation

    Dr Katrin Voltmer is the Coordinator of a major research project on ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’ (MeCoDEM), which started on 1 February 2014 and will run over three years. The project investigates the role of the media in conflicts that accompany and follow transitions to democracy.

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    Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive

    Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive was launched on 1st October 2013 and runs until 31st March 2015. Based at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, it is part of the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme, and has been funded under the Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities.

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    Improving Cultural Work

    ‘Improving Cultural Work’ is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Network project on inequality and exclusion in the cultural industries.

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    Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age

    Digitalisation of media has brought longstanding tensions about the purpose and scope of copyright law to the fore, not only for those with a financial stake in copyrighted materials, but for ordinary users as well.

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    Cultural Policy Under New Labour

    New Labour’s cultural policies are of particular interest, because more than any other British government, and more than most modern national governments, New Labour placed great emphasis on culture and the arts in their political self-presentation and in policy practice. They placed much greater stress than other governments on the economic role of commercial ‘creative industries’, while retaining and indeed raising subsidies for the arts.

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    Representations of Contemporary Soldiering in Digital and Visual Cultures

    In this British Academy-funded study, Katy Parry (Principle Investigator), Simon Popple (Chief Investigator) and Nancy Thumim (Chief Investigator) investigate perceptions of contemporary soldiering in the UK primarily through focus group discussions with serving military personnel, veterans and forces families.

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    Globalization, Visual Communication, Difference

    From 2011 to 2015, Dr Giorgia Aiello’s project “Globalization, Visual Communication, Difference” was funded by a  €100,000 Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme

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    Strike Stories - Films

    A series of films that tell participants’ own stories and offer new perspectives on the 1984/5 miners’ strike. Participants included former miners, retired police officers, women’s groups, local history groups and political activists, who were tasked with responding to the content of the BBC archive, re-examining the coverage and challenging the ‘official’ version of events.

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