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Department of Media and Communication

Research in the Department

All academic staff members are research-active and have published research in leading international academic venues. In the recent REF2014 exercise research produced within the Department was judged to be internationally excellent. We also have a growing community of Post Doctoral Research Fellows and PhD students. The Department’s research environment is strengthened through the Popular Culture Research Group.


The Department of Media and Communication offers opportunities for students to undertake both taught and research postgraduate degrees.

The Department welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake a postgraduate research degree (MPhil and PhD) in the areas of media and communications. The Department has particular research strengths in the following fields:

  • Media industries and innovation 
  • film history
  • cinema and society
  • film and politics
  • film marketing and distribution
  • American, British and international cinema
  • celebrity and fan cultures
  • media ethics 
  • eco media
  • entertainment media
  • social media
  • digital media
  • the 21st century new media environment
  • news framing, nature and animal representations
  • news media coverage of war, terrorism and foreign policy.

In the first instance, interested students should approach a faculty member who is actively pursuing research in an area commensurate to that in which they wish to pursue a programme of research. For the staff members profile pages and contact details please visit our Contact us page.

Current research Students 

Mr Elliot Hardman 

Doctoral Researcher 

PhD Title: A study of the correlation between the democratic reform of the United States of Mexico and its national cinema between 1900 and 2012.

Director of Studies: Professor Cynthia Hamilton  


Mr Anno Bunnik 

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Title: Security Innovation and Regionalism: a three way study of the management of European security networks 

Director of Studies: Professor Nicholas Rees 


Ms Bianna Harvey 

Research Student 

MPhil Title: The symbiotic relationship of sport and media in Liverpool 

Director of Studies: Dr Jenny Daggers 


Mr Sean Campbell 

Research Student 

MPhil Title: An investigation of Media 

Director of Studies: Professor Cynthia Hamilton