Our research is dynamic, interdisciplinary and international in scope.
Newcastle University's research in media, culture, heritage is dynamic, interdisciplinary and international in scope. We are ranked among the top universities in our fields.
Our overarching research strategy is to produce excellent research that advances critical, theoretical and interdisciplinary knowledge and has an impact on the academy, policy and/or people
We aim to provide an enabling research environment in which staff can be creative and critical researchers and where we recognise the importance of working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders at local, regional and global level.
A sample of some current high-profile research projects our academics lead on include:
The CoHere ProjectThe CoHere Project
Set up to investigate European Heritages and Identities, working with 11 other organisations across Europe. (Funded by the EU Horizon 2020, value €2.5million)
Co-ordinated by Professor Chris Whitehead, the CoHERE project seeks to identify, understand and valorise European heritages, engaging with their socio-political and cultural significance and their potential for developing communitarian identities. CoHERE addresses an intensifying EU Crisis through a study of relations between identities and representations and performances of history. It explores the ways in which heritages can be used for division and isolation, or to find common ground and ‘encourage modern visions and uses of its past.’ The research covers a carefully selected range of European territories and realities comparatively and in depth; it focuses on heritage practices in official and non-official spheres and engages with various cultural forms, from the living arts to museum displays, food culture, education, protest, commemorations and online/digital practice, among others. CoHERE is funded through Horizon 2020, and responds to the Reflective Societies programme.
The Katip-Celebi Newton fund project Plural Heritages of Istanbul: the case of the Land WallsThe Katip-Celebi Newton fund project Plural Heritages of Istanbul: the case of the Land Walls
Also co-ordinated by Professor Chris Whitehead, this project seeks to develop new valorisations of the Istanbul Land (Theodosian) Walls, working with communities to co-produce both situated and web-based, public-facing digital heritage interpretation resources that reflect non-official, hitherto unauthorised understandings of the Walls and their environs.
The project also builds capacity, in line with the aims of the Newton Fund, through modelling heritage management/interpretation practice, digital technologies and community engagement within the heritage sector.
Digital Interfaces, Credit and Debt.Digital Interfaces, Credit and Debt.
(Funded by ESRC, value £202,657, 2016-18)
Led by Dr James Ash, with co-investigators: Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Paul Langley, this 18 month project seeks to understand how consumers access HCSTC (High Cost Short Term Credit), such as cash and pay day loans through digital interfaces, on personal computers and mobile devices and in turn how these interfaces shape decision making processes regarding the purchasing of credit.
The project proposes a novel approach to debt as an everyday phenomenon that is mediated through the relationship between technology and embodied practice. Understanding how people become indebted through digital interfaces is critical to analyzing and explaining contemporary indebtedness because 82% of cash and pay day loans, a key form of HCSTC, are now applied for and managed via digital interfaces on laptops, tablets and smart phones, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (2015).
Dementia and ImaginationDementia and Imagination
(funded by funded by the AHRC and ESRC as a part of the Cross-Council Connected Communities Programme)
Professor Andrew Newman is a lead investigator on this project, that aims to explore how the vision for dementia supportive communities might benefit from creative activities.
The project asks if art can improve life for people with dementia and their carers? And:
- If so, how does it do this?
- And can it help people with dementia stay connected to their communities?
- Can it help their communities become more dementia friendly?
- Might there even be financial benefits for the UK?
NOT Acting Our AgeNOT Acting Our Age
Older women challenging stereotypes and celebrating life
This project is led by Professor Karen Ross and is an impact-focused project which works with local women in the community to develop alternative (and positive) representations of women’s lives.
It has been supported by the ESRC’s IAA funding and has several aspects including: digital storytelling; photography; public engagement; and film. The photographic exhibition has now been permanently installed in one of the teaching rooms used by MCH students and staff.
Advancing Gender Equality in Media IndustriesAdvancing Gender Equality in Media Industries
This is a pan-European project led by Professor Karen Ross and co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship/Justice programme of the European Union, 2017-2019. Amongst its various aims is to develop forums in which the worlds of journalism education and the media workplace come together, providing opportunities for students and practitioners to learn from each other.
The project is currently (2018) developing a web platform which will include a Resources Bank of Good Practices from around the world, together with a set of teaching and learning resources which will be launched in 2019.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 82% of our research was classified as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.
The REF 2014 also showed that 80% of our work has global and international significance and impact. An example of this is Professor Peter Stone's work on improving the protection of cultural property during armed conflict.
We submitted research alongside the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies.
For the Unit of Assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies we were ranked 12th out of 67 in the country.
Newcastle Critical Discourse GroupNewcastle Critical Discourse Group
Newcastle Critical Discourse Group (NCDG) is a research group previously organised by staff at Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Under the broad umbrella of Critical Discourse Studies, the group aims to address issues concerning the relationships between language, politics, media and culture.
The group was initially run by co-organisers Dr. John Richardson, Dr. Christopher Hart and Dr. Majid KhosraviNik. It is currently run by Dr. Majid KhosraviNik and Dr. Darren Kelsey at Newcastle University and is co-ordinated by Soudeh Ghaffariand and Sarah Hill. The group hosts a range of speakers to present innovative research and encourage constructive discussion. Staff and post-graduate students from all disciplines concerned with language and society are welcome.
NCDG aspires to be an interdisciplinary group, facilitating discussion on all aspects of Critical Discourse Studies. The group includes members from institutions across the UK, including the editors and board members of the journals CDS (Critical Discourse Studies) and CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines).
It endeavours to bring together an interdisciplinary community of internal and external researchers, including postgraduate students, from adjacent fields, including but not limited to linguistics, media and cultural studies, politics, journalism, history, etc.
The group therefore welcomes and encourages critical studies of texts and discourses from various theoretical and methodological perspectives and on a variety of socio-political issues.
Queer Media, Culture, HeritageQueer Media, Culture, Heritage
The Queer Media, Culture, Heritage (QMCH) seminar series and network hosts, develops and sustains a unique programme of seminar discussions, screenings, and network events / performances around the three key themes of queer media, culture, and heritage. By bringing together writers, performers, political activists and academics the network explores, unpacks and discusses how media texts, archives, subjectivities, technologies, experiences, desires and memories are all linked.
In 2017 this was established by Dr Gareth Longstaff as The Queer Media, Self-Representation and Cultural Change seminar series but since then it has grown to encompass a much broader and diverse range of collaborative events that explore the queer intersections of themes such as community, resistance, performance, futurity, assimilation and subversion. All of those involved and allied to QMCH are connected to these approaches and the intention to develop and explore them in relation to historical, political and discursive practices allied to queer desire, creativity and experience.
In a short space of time this has has created a series of intersectional networks and dialogues from both inside and outside the academic unit, school and university itself which will continue into 2018-19.
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Our research environment is rated as world-leading and internationally significant. An important part is its impact beyond academia.
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