Communications and Media Research

Communications and media research at Stirling played an important role in the development of the research field both in the UK and internationally from the foundation of the original department in 1978.  Stirling currently sits in the top 150 universities worldwide for communication and media in the definitive QS World University rankings for 2013/14.

Communications, Media and Culture (CMC) at Stirling maintains its commitment to wide-ranging research which crosses boundaries between arts and humanities, social sciences and management. CMC’s work encompasses research into screen and print media, digital media and social media, public communication and promotional culture, heritage and archives. CMC has research specialists in journalism and public relations in addition to researchers working on many aspects of media representation, media institutions, media and communications policy, also on numerous relationships between media, culture and society.

Among CMC’s specialisms are:

  • feminist, gender and queer studies;
  • media-state relations in emerging democracies;
  • digital journalism;
  • British TV drama;
  • screen authorship (eg Aki Kaurismäki, Margaret Tait, Lindsay Anderson);
  • sport, community and heritage;
  • public communication in transnational contexts;
  • ecocritical screen research;
  • cultural and creative industry policy;
  • screen acoustics and incarceration;
  • media and civil society relationships;
  • Jungian film analysis;
  • musical practice, localities and new media
  • cultural archive research

Current funded research activity is underpinning projects ranging from climate change communications through work in locality and heritage, the curating of experimental film, cultural memory in the screen industry, journalism and media education in India, and football supporter research (for the Scottish Government). Working with the University’s outstanding Special Collections facility and the University Archivist, CMC is also developing research into its invaluable holdings (including the Lindsay Anderson, Norman McLaren, and Musicians Union archives).

Stirling’s media and communications researchers are frequent speakers on public platforms nationally and internationally, through the media in many countries, online, and in major conferences and symposia. They have contributed to policy discussion and formation through parliamentary commissions and inquiries, and public debate, and aim to produce research with high impact in the wider world.

Non-academic beneficiaries of CMC research have included local community groups, third sector bodies, researchers outside the academic community, and policy makers. Our recent audiences have included politicians, media producers, cultural producers and gatekeepers; artists, including film and literary practitioners; curatorial, museum and conservation professionals; and sections of the public with interests in cultural and media policy. 

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