Research and innovation

Research and innovation

We're committed to research which is multidisciplinary, socially relevant and theoretically innovative.

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Our research

Our research is multidisciplinary, theoretically innovative and socially relevant.

We collaborate with academic institutions, the public sector and media industries in the UK and across the world. We examine the relations between media, communication and society, and explore the impact of these interactions.

The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework review (2014) placed us in the top ten of all UK departments in our subject area, and ranked us third when taking into account the size of submissions (a measure called ‘research power’). Find out more about our achievements and reputation.

We also contribute to the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute Sadler Seminar Series.

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Research themes

Research in the School of Media and Communication is clustered around six research themes, each of which is represented by a research group.

The Digital Cultures research group is interested in how digital media and technologies can act as disruptive - and potentially transformative - forces in society.

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A birs-eye view of people spelling out the word 'resist!' on a beach, with waves lapping the shore.

The Global Communication research group is united by a critical focus on how communication processes instantiate power relations that cut across the local, regional and the transnational.

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A picture of a pile of newspapers on a table.

The Journalism research group brings together researchers with a broad interest in journalism. They are specialists in either journalism practice or research, although most have experience in both.

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Image of a cameraman recording a man in sunglasses performing on a set.

This research group brings together researchers with an interest in empirical and theoretical works that engage with research on media production, policy and regulation.

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A photo of a crowd holding placards about feminism and Donald Trump at a protest in Washington DC.

The Political Communication research group provides a forum for researchers to discuss and investigate how power and political ideas are represented in a diversity of communication contexts.

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An image of someone using a phone to scroll through photos, with a laptop turned on in the background.

The Visual Media and Communication research group explores the dominant role of the visual in communication and media culture - raising questions about the role of the visual in everyday life.

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