The Cultural, Communication and Media research group aims to undertake excellent quality research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with almost two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading. On a research power ranking CCM at Salford is ranked 21st in the UK.
Two contrasting examples of current externally funded research projects are:
This prestigious award is currently held by CCM Reader in Cultural Studies, Dr Michael Goddard. As part of the project, Michael is undertaking a three year collaborative research project with researchers from UNISINOS, Brazil on Cites, Creative Industries and Popular Music Scenes. The project includes research exchange visits by the collaborators between Salford and UNISINOS. A recent output from the project was a panel on ‘Popular Music Scenes as Urban Creative Industries: Transcultural Perspectives’ presented at the 2015 Challenging Media Landscapes Conference, MediacityUK, 16 November.
Project duration: March 2014-March 2017
Project value: £60,000
Project website: http://www.poamusicscenes.com.br/
Seamus Simpson (CCM’s Professor of Media Policy) has recently begun a three year ESRC funded research project on civil society participation in Internet governance. This is a collaborative project with Alison Harcourt (Project PI, Politics, University of Exeter) and George Christou (Project Co-I, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick). The project asks, does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level? The project will lift the lid on internet governance at the international level with detailed insight into a world which, although highly technical, very much affects the way in which citizens live and work on a daily basis. This project innovates, as it will analyse participation of civil society groups in self-regulatory technical fora with no formal state involvement
Project Duration: September 2015-September 2018
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council
Project Value: £470,000
Project website: http://internetpolicystreams.com
The CCM research group is interested in receiving high quality proposals for MPhil and doctoral research projects addressing the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of culture, film, media and communications, in their traditional and/or new forms.
Some of our recently supervised and current research degree topics are as follows: