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Cultural, Communication and Media Research Group

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.

  • The historical development of UK television performance; television aesthetics  (Richard Hewett)
  • Film theory, practice and philosophy;   Cultural networks, distribution, funding and aesthetics of film (Martin Flanaghan; Robin Ellis)
  • European and global Media Policy; Internet Governance; public service media (Marek Bekerman; Seamus Simpson)
  • The changing nature and functions of Journalism (Marek Bekerman; Paul Broster; Martin Hamer)
  • Media industries and their popular narratives (Anthony Smith)
  • Meta TV in Practice – the creation of new video products that invite the viewer to reflect on the content they are presented with (Annabelle Waller)
  • Critical analysis of popular culture: feminism and popular culture; popular music, mass entertainment and celebrity (Kirsty Fairclough)
  • Popular music scenes, cities and creative industries; Eastern European cinemas; radical media in the 1970s; alternative 1980s electronic music and culture (Michael Goddard)
  • Approaches to the analysis of mainstream and alternative comedy (Lloyd Peters; Kirsty Fairclough)
  • East Asian cinema  (Andy Willis)
  • History of journalism; Cultural History of Public Urban Green Spaces  (Carole O’Reilly)
  • Cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of exposure to media messages, with particular focus on the role played by media in affecting  the public's involvement in politics and citizenship-related issues  (Sharon Coen)

Two contrasting examples of current externally funded research projects are:

CAPES/Science without Borders Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship

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:

International Professional For a: A study of Civil Society Organisation Participation in Internet Governance

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:

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. See our latest PhD studentship opportunities

Some of our recently supervised and current research degree topics are as follows:

  • Adapting poetics: a fusion of ideas in literature to film adaptation (Petros Gkikas)
  • Between friends and fans. Interpreting PR communication on Facebook : a focus on the written word (Ben Gust)
  • Reinventing the rattling tin: explaining the dynamics of social networking site fundraising (Evie Lucas)
  • Distribution and exhibition of documentaries in Columbia (Carolina Patino)
  • Cyberactivism in a non-democratic context: social campaigning in Saudi Arabia (Abdullah Abalkhail)
  • Public relation programs in the diplomatic sector (Khalid Abdalla)
  • The space building function of news content of television channels of the Middle East (Safiya Alabdalkarim)
  • Professional obstacles of local press coverage (Ali Almania)
  • An explorative study on the impacts of new media on Saudi women (Abdalhadi Almfleah)
  • Investigation into the credibility and objectivity of citizen journalism (Aljawhara Almutarie)
  • A framing and sentiment analysis of the representation of Saudi women in the British press from 2005-2013 (Nahid Bashatah)
  • The role of psychological discourse (Lesley Blaker)
  • Journalists in violent conflicts in Jos, Nigeria (Godfrey Danaan)
  • Media, Boko Haram and ethno-religious conflicts in Plateau State of Nigeria (Andrew Danjuma Dewan)
  • Mass media and woman empowerment in Nigeria (Esa Ella)
  • Robin Ellis  How can installation be employed as a technique? (Robin Ellis)
  • Made for TV monsters: the style, spectacle and production of TV horror (Stella Gaynor)
  • Nothing to be scared of: a re-take of world cinema’s axis of abjection (Daniel Hey)
  • Public relations and peace negotiations in the Niger Delta (Harvey Igben)
  • Credibility of news: a comparative study of the credibility of TV news, newspaper news and internet news (Abdullah Maqbul)
  • The role of Facebook and Twitter in generating social and political change during the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (Mohammad Mesawa)
  • Wind vision: towards a ‘cinemeteorology’ (Dalia Neis)
  • The exploration of existing ways and origination of new methods to effectively present history for a young audience (Tanya Nelson)
  • Media framing and audience perception of conflict (Taye Obateru)
  • An exploratory study of new media adoption for participatory programming in SW Nigeria’s radio stations (Olawale Oni)
  • Between narrative/semiotic structure and the moving body (Pavel Prokopic)
  • Democratisation of media through online social media and its impact on democractic political institutions in India (MPhil) (Richa Yadav)
  • Broadcasting policy and culture in Malaysia (Pao Sium Yap)

2016-17 North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition

We invite expressions of interest and applications, in the Media and Communications and Cultural Studies Pathways, for PhD studentships (full and part-time) as part of the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition.

The studentship covers all PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration of your study (£14,296 for the coming academic year for full-time students), and access to additional funding for field research and further training.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: Monday 12 December 2016.

The University of Salford is a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWC DTP), which includes non-HE institutions such as the BBC, Home/Cornerhouse, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, FutureEverything, and FACT (Liverpool). In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £14 million of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development. 

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford has an international reputation for cutting edge research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Cultural, Communication and Media research group at Salford undertakes 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.

Our media and cultural studies research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, allowing for unique access to  - and engagement with  - media institutions like the BBC and ITV, reinforced by a rich programme of research events with both an industry and academic focus.

NWC PhD students will be invited to work with our non-HE partners, so as to engage in research, placements and internships. We particularly welcome applications that seek to engage with our non-HEI partners in research / industry / showcase / training capacities (see

Areas of expertise of our academic staff include: Film practice; Film history and theory; Media policy; Journalism studies; Celebrity studies; Media theory; Digital culture; Social media; Radical and alternative media; Internet regulation and governance; Television studies; Media politics; Transnational media; Urban cultures; Creative industries; noise; Celebrity studies; Cultural studies; Popular culture; Popular music and media; Cultural theory. 

Notable Salford media academics include: Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Carole O’Reilly, Sharon Coen, Paula Blair, Martin Flanagan, Garry Crawford, Andy Willis, Lloyd Peters, Steve Ward, Anthony Smith, Richard Hewett and Seamus Simpson.

How to Apply:

Prospective applicants who are interested in applying ­and eligible for funding ­ should submit a draft PhD proposal by Mon 12 December, 2016. Please send this directly to Prof Seamus Simpson ( and to

We would expect you to have a very good first degree, and a completed or current MA, or equivalent professional experience.

Following that,  it will be necessary to complete a formal application for PhD study at the University of Salford by 20 January, 2017, which is available here:

and ultimately an application to the Northwest Consortium before 5PM, on 10 February 2017.

For further information, please see the NWC DTP site:

If you have further queries about the research specialisms in media or cultural studies in the School of Arts and Media, and the potential for working with our non-HE partners, please contact Prof Seamus Simpson (

If you have any questions regarding the formal application procedure please contact