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Our research

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 School of Media and Communication received excellent scores in the REF 2021 exercise. 88% of the submitted research outputs were judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This underlines the vitality of our research culture and our commitment to supporting and developing staff and postgraduate research.  

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

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Research Groups

Research in the School of Media and Communication is clustered around several research groups.

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Gender and Media research group brings together colleagues and postgraduate researchers engaged in debates about how gender functions within and through media and communication.

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The Practice research group is interested in how practice-led research can produce innovative answers and creative outcomes to a range of media and communication questions.

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News and events

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Meet current students and learn more about their experiences of studying a pre-sessional at Leeds in this online live event.

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Media Industries and Cultural Production

This conference explores the particularities involved in researching media production in non-Western sites of production

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Join our live online event to receive expert advice on how to make your Masters a reality with funding and invest in your future.   

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This event is part of the School of Media and Communication research seminar series

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