Mr Benjamin Warburton

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Current positions

Lecturer (mat cov HR)


Ben is a current PhD researcher at the University of Salford, studying the relationship between fake news, ancient myth, and modern perceptions of truth, via research-by-practice. With near ten years of experience working within the television and online media sectors, they have a wide variety of projects under their belt: ranging from production assistant on Ian Brown music videos, to short form producer for BBC Music Day, and APC on high-end television dramas Endeavour and Victoria.

Their current PhD candidature revolves around my thesis, informally referred to as Alethic. Alethic is a practice-as-research PhD thesis, primarily focused on consumer behavioural manipulation via social media, interrogating the mechanisms utilised through the lens of ancient myth, and its relationship to modern fake news.

Moving from the TV industry back into academia has been incredibly rewarding for them, and they now lecture in TV Development, Production Management, and New Media. Their research interests include linguistics, queer theory, and structuralism. In their spare time, they can often be found cuddling one of their four cats.

Areas of Research

Ben's research output specialises in semiotic deconstruction of representations, particularly within queer theory and media discourse. At present, alongside their PhD candidature, Ben is conducting research into misinformation propagation surrounding queer representations in and on social media.

They are further interested in mythologies, misinformation, propaganda, transmedia, LGBTQ+ media, symbolism, and structuralism.


• Content Creation
• Content Delivery
• Media Texts
• Media Contexts
• Video Production

• Professional Practice
• TV Documentaries and Features

• Multiplatform Exhibition
• Final Projects
• Dissertation

• Dissertation

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD Media and Communications

    2019 - 2024
  • MA Media Production

    2017 - 2018