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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)

2018-19 North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually. A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides funds to meet:

The payment of approved fees to the institution

- A maintenance grant

The level of the grant for the current academic year 2017-18 is as follows (the level of the grant for 2018-19 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC):

  • Maintenance Grant £14,553.  

The Consortium also provides access to additional funding for field research and further training.The studentships and training initiatives of various kinds, span the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries,cultural  organisations and businesses. The competition is now open for applications for the 2018/2019 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:


The University of Salford invites expressions of interest from potential candidates to be submitted to Pathway Representatives/potential supervisors by Monday, 11 December 2017.

Salford Pathway Representatives:


Mike Nevell-

Creative Writing

Scott Thurston -

Cultural Studies

Carole O’Reilly

Dance, Drama and Performing Arts

Richard Talbot – (Pathway Leader)


Scott Thurston -


Christopher Murphy –


Nicholas Kang-Riou

Media and Communication

Leslie McMurtry-

Museum Studies

Emma Sutton –


Stephen Kilpatrick -

Visual Arts: Arts and Design

Emma Sutton  -


To apply for an award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme by Monday 15 January 2018.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:


Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 9 February 2018 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Applications to the NWC competition can be made at the following link:

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact Emma Sutton at in the first instance.