Department of Media, Culture and Language

Visiting address
025 Queen's Building, Southlands
Contact

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3357

Biography

After a period in media consulting, publishing and lecturing in London (Goldsmiths, UEL, LSBU), I joined the media team at Roehampton in September 2005. I teach on the BAs in Media and Culture and Mass Communications, and our MA in Media & Communications. My research interests revolve around the sociology of television and the transnationalisation of the media, exploring both the continuity of the market and the dynamics of change: socio-political, economic, technological and historic frameworks alongside changes in consumption. My current research is focused on the TV Format phenomenon. I am the Director of the Media Across Borders Network and a member of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC).

Role and Responsibilities

  • Programme Convener, BA Media, Culture & Identity and BA Mass Communications (2013-)
  • Module development and delivery
  • Supervision of dissertations at BA, MA & PhD level
  • Director of the Media Across Borders Network
  • External Examiner for the Media Production Undergraduate Framework at Bournemouth Media School, Bournemouth University (2011-2014)
  • External Examiner for the MA in International Broadcasting at Royal Holloway (2013-)
  • Chair of the Learning and Teaching Advisory Group (LTAG), Department for Media, Culture and Language (until Sep 2012)
  • Programme Convener, MA Media, Culture & Identity (2007 and 2011)

Qualifications

PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, University of Roehampton
PhD, The Transnationalisation of Television in Europe 1985-1997, London South Bank University
MA English and Slavic Literature and Linguistics, and Economics, University of Cologne

Research interests

  • Sociology of the European audiovisual market: production, distribution, consumption
  • Contemporary TV industry trends: commercialisation, fragmentation, convergence, interactivity and affective economics, transnationalisation
  • Internationalisation and localisation of television content
  • Cultural globalisation
  • Media management and policy
  • TV audience research

Research projects

AHRC funding to set up the Media Across Borders network (2012)

Collaborative research project with colleagues in Denmark, Finland and Germany to conduct explorative focus groups on musical talent shows (privately funded, 2013-14)

Research on new developments in the European TV Format business (privately funded, 2014-15)

Professional affiliations

Member of the British Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
Associate Member of the Higher Education Association (HEA)

Consultancy work

  • TV Format Business
  • Internationalization strategies for media companies
  • Consulting A&C Black on their Dictionary of Media Studies (2005)
  • Research & recommendations on Digital, Interactive Material for Teaching in Higher Education for LSBU (2004)
  • Research, reports & recommendations on the German publishing market for Bloomsbury plc (2001-2002)
  • Research, reports & recommendations on the German audiovisual production market for various German and international media companies (1999-2001)
  • Liaising with German media consultancy HMR's British and French consultancy partners, DGA and IMCA, on a tender for a EU research project (2000)
  • Conceptualisation and organisation of Germany's first international programme market, the Cologne Screenings (1999)

Teaching

I am teaching on the following modules

  • Media & Society (UG Y1) Introduction to effects research, media as 4th estate, media and identity
  • Policing Culture, Policing the Nation (UG Y2) Heritage and identity, multiculturalism, propaganda, surveillance
  • Studying Popular Culture (UG Y2) Globalization, TV Formats, convergence, audience empowerment
  • Television Futures (UG Y3) Contemporary and future developments in production, distribution and consumption; possible effects on society
  • Formations of Identity (MA) - Core theory module on which I cover globalization theories
  • Global Media & Communications (MA) - Globalization of the media (production, distribution and consumption)
  • Supervising MA and BA dissertations and independent study projects
  • Supervising PhD students

Modules taught in the past

  • Introduction to British Media (UG Y1) British media history (press, film, broadcasting, Internet)
  • Television as Industry; (UG Y2) Political economy approach with European and international focus, covering production, distribution, legislation; Career Preparation element and industry guest speakers
  • Television & The Public Sphere (UG Y2) Theories about public spheres; public service broadcasting, public opinion, alternative and new media

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