The Communication, Culture and Media Studies(CCM) Research Centre has over 20 members of academic staff, mostly based at MediaCityUK, working across media and cultural studies including: film and television, digital media and cultures, journalism, media practice, theory, policy, cultural studies, theory.
CCM is one of the largest media research groupings in the UK, and ranked 13th in RAE2008 power ranking.
We have operate a collaborative approach, and draws a membership from across a range of disciplines, and frequently work on research projects and co-supervise PhD students with colleagues from other areas, such as music, health, and sociology.
The research centre supervises over 40 PhD students, from the UK and internationally.
We regularly host major national and international conferences, including MeCCSA 2011, IASPM (UK&I) 2012, AoIR 13 (2012), Rethinking Jazz Cultures (2013) which involve our PhD students in both organisation and presenting their research.
Research has been funded by major grant providers in the UK and internationally, including AHRC, ESRC, Arts Council, NESTA, TSB, HERA, EUPF6, EUFP7.
For further information on the Centre for Communication, Culture and Media Studies.
Dr Cristina Archetti - Senior Lecturer in Politics and Media, is interested in supervising in multidisciplinary areas including: 1. Political Communication—the relationship between political leaders and journalists; the visual aspects of political campaigning; spin and media management; the impact of new communication technologies on diplomatic practice. 2. Journalism—international news; journalistic practices in different countries and urban ecologies; foreign correspondence in the 21st century. 3. Security—the role of the media in conflict, particularly in the phenomenon of international terrorism and extremism. Her books include Explaining News (2010), Introduction to Terrorism and the Media (2013) and Constructing Britain’s Story (2014).
Dr Cristina Archetti's research profile
Prof Peter Buse - Professor of Visual Culture, is especially interested in PhD proposals around questions of culture and technology, particularly as they relate to his two main research areas: modern British drama and the history and theory of photography. He is also interested in film, and in cultural theory. He is reviews editor for the journal New Formations, and his research has been funded by British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, AHRC. Among his collaborative books are Benjamin’s Arcades (2006) and The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia (2007).
Prof Peter Buse's research profile
Dr Kirsty Fairclough - Lecturer in Media and Performance, is interested in supervising research degrees around the broad areas offeminism, post-feminism and popular culture, celebrity culture,issues of stardom and fame, popular television,particularly reality and lifestyle television, and post-classical Hollywood cinema.Currently supervised research degrees include representations of anorexia in the media.
Dr Kirsty Fairclough's research profile
Dr Michael Goddard – Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, is interested in receiving ideas around European cinema, focusing on the cinema of Eastern Europe and France, the aesthetic and political theories of Gilles Deleuze, Italian radical political thought and media theory, and film, media and cultural theory more generally. He is an editor of the journal Studies in East European Cinema, author of Gombrowicz, Polish Modernism and the Subversion of Form (2010), as well co-editor of books including Reverberations: The Philosophy, Aesthetics and Politics of Noise (2012)and Beyond the Border: Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context (2013).
Dr Michael Goddard's research profile
Dr Benjamin Halligan – Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and available to supervise research students in the following areas: 20th century British theatre, including post-dramatic theatre; post-war popular musics; European and Soviet cinema, particularly British horror film; North American cinema, particularly of the counterculture and New Hollywood; comedy and theatre, film and television; critical theory, particularly Post-Autonomist and globalisation theory; television drama; theology and artistic discourse; broadcast news and reportage, psychoanalysis and artistic discourse. He currently supervises students researching topics such as masculinities and television, music and the city, semiotics and advertising, documentary-making (including “practice as research”), and Northern comedy. He has edited several volumes on film and popular music, and is the author of Michael Reeves (2003).
Dr Benjamin Halligan's research profile
Dr William Hope - Lecturer in Italian Language and Cinema, is available for supervising projects on film in general and Italian film in particular, as well as Marxism and cinema. He has been co-investigator on an AHRC Research Network on A New Italian Political Cinema. His books include Italian Film Directors in the New Millennium (2010).
Dr William Hope's research profile
Prof Erik Knudsen - Professor of Film Practice, is interested in supervising research projects in media practice, specifically film-making (fiction, documentary), the creative processes of film production, critical and theoretical understandings of media practice, with reference to screen cultures. He is a film-maker, and co-author of Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice (2011). He has introduced screenings of his recent work at film festivals in Bilbao (2009) and Anchorage (2010). He is a Visiting Professor at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televicion, Cuba. Erik is interested in an eclectic range of research students who are interested in carrying out practice-led film and media research. In particular, though not exclusively, research engaging with narrative documentary and fiction moving image practice and dissemination. Erik is interested in students who wish to explore alternative modes of cinematic storytelling and narratives, changing practices resulting from developments in production and dissemination technologies and in the epistemology of fact and fiction within the narrative moving image. He is also interested in supervising work around the culture of independent filmmaking, film distribution and film policy.
Prof Erik Knudsen's research profile
Professor Paul Sermon
Paul works as a practicing media artist and has experience of supervising research degrees across wide range of media arts subject areas ranging from interactive media, video art and telepresence research to telematics, telecommunication arts and networked culture. Paul has produced a number of interactive media artworks since the early nineties and has a particular interest in supervising practice based research in this area. You can find out more about Paul Sermon's practice based research projects on his artists website.
Professor Paul Sermon's research profile
Dr Chris Lee - Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, is interested in supervising research students across popular music, comedy, film, popular culture, Northern cultures.
Prof Ben Light - Professor of Digital Media, is interested in supervising students in the broad area of digital culture although he has specific interests in the appropriation of the Internet, digital gaming, gender and sexuality. His research has been funded by bodies including NHS, AHRC, TSB. His books include the co-edited Online Gaming In Context (2011) and Social Networking Practices and Everyday Lives (2013), and he is an editor of Journal of Information Technology.
Prof Ben Light's research profile
Dr Yuwei Lin - Lecturer in Future Media, is interested in supervising PhDs in these areas: science and technology studies, Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), virtual communications and virtual communities, digital culture (especially in relation to hacker culture and user-participatory culture), gender and ICTs, cultural and socio-technical dynamics in community-based innovation systems, innovative research methods and new kinds of data.
Dr Yuwei Lin's research profile
Prof George McKay - Professor of Cultural Studies, is interested in supervising across media studies, cultural studies, popular music (jazz, punk), disability, protest and social movements, subculture and postsubculture, festival, gardening, cultural politics, alternative cultures and lifestyles, transatlantic cultures and 'Americanisation'. Prof McKay currently supervises 12 PhD students. Recent PhD completions include Northern Soul music and identity; Electronic dance music culture; Anti-psychiatry in British rock music; Digital music industries; hip-hop and racial politics. He has held many research grants, produced more than 10 books, and was until 2010 founding co-editor of the journal Social Movement Studies. He is a currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme.
Prof George McKay's research profile
Dr Phoebe Moore-Carter - Lecturer in International Relations, is interested in supervising PhDs in international political economy, the sociology of work, East Asian development, radical media, and digital media. She is the author of The International Political Economy of Work and Employability (2010) and Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia (2007), and co-edited Globalization and the ‘New’ Semi-Peripheries (2009).
Dr Phoebe Moore-Carter's research profile
Dr Carole O'Reilly - Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, is happy to provide supervision in the following areas: journalism history; sociology of journalism; media history; media sociology; feminism and the media; history of leisure and recreation in the city; cultural history; urban history and cities and the media. Currently supervised projects include a study of blogging and electronic media in Saudi Arabia. Her book The Greening of the City: Urban Parks and Public Culture 1840-1940 is due for publication by Routledge in 2015.
Dr Carole O'Reilly's research profile
Prof Gareth Palmer - Professor of Media, is interested in supervising in television, and specifically lifestyle television and documentary, as well as lifestyle in all media and advertising, particularly new approaches. He is editor of Journal of Media Practice and Screenworks. His books are Discipline and Liberty (2003), and (ed.) Exposing Lifestyle Television (2008).
Prof Gareth Palmer's research profile
Prof Seamus Simpson - Professor of Media Policy, Seamus is interested in supervising research degrees in all areas of Media Policy, especially: EU and global policies for mass communication media; EU and global telecommunications policy and regulation; Internet governance at national, European and global levels; national, European and global institutional contexts for media policy and regulation; media convergence and next generation network policies. He has supervised/is currently supervising research degrees in areas as varied as information processing in the EU; young people, the Internet and identity; UK and Finnish broadcasting policy; the Internet and tourism; ethnic minority radio in the UK; and open data initiatives and movements’. His co-authored books include The New Electronic Marketplace (2007), Globalization, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation (2005), and the forthcoming EU in Global Electronic Communications (Routledge).
Prof Seamus Simpson's research profile
Dr Andy Willis - Reader in Film Studies, is interested in supervisng in the following areas: European popular cinema—especially Spanish horror film and television; Hong Kong cinema since 1997; transglobal film genres—in particular martial arts cinema; British television drama and politics. He has been co-investigator on an AHRC Research Network on Chinese film, and has edited numerous volumes on film studies. He has curated several film seasons at the Cornerhouse arthouse cinema, Manchester, including Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Spanish horror, 2007) and Visible Secrets (Hong Kong women directors, 2009). He is series editor for the MUP series Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers.
Dr Andy Willis' research profile