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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 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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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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