The Department of Media is home to a flourishing and distinct research culture. The department made its first submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. From this submission, 45% of research outputs were judged to be ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The department aims to develop and sustain a supportive research culture that stimulates innovative work at all academic levels. A Media research seminar series runs throughout the academic year hosting a diverse range of speakers. Academics work closely with two of the Edge Hill University research institutes – the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) – and contribute to the Festival of Ideas. The research institutes support a series of events, symposiums, workshops and conferences organised by Media academics. Members of the department direct or co-convene the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) and the Ethnicity, Race and Racism Seminar (ErRS) research hub. Researchers also work with regional organisations including Tate Liverpool and FACT.

The department has well-established research interests in issues of identity, activism, politics, narrative, aesthetics, and production studies. There is a growing focus on practice as research (PaR) and practice led research. Since REF2014, published outputs include books on cinema and politics, media and cosmopolitanism, television and British cinema since 1990, the visual music film, and Irish republican media activism. Other recent journal and book publications reflect staff research interests in sound aesthetics, popular music studies, television and audience studies, European media, animals and eco-media, creative labour, and questions of identity and representation in film.

Current PhD research in the department focuses on Bulgarian cinema, Indian television serials, representations of veganism in UK newspapers, Hollywood-China relations, animals and vegan art practice, independent authorship and media convergence, and activism and film festivals. The department welcomes enquiries about postgraduate research. Please contact Professor Claire Parkinson or Dr Hannah Andrews.

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