Department of Media, Culture and Language

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Anita Biressi is Professor of Media and Society in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton. She is Convenor of the MA Media, Communication and Culture.


PhD Cultural Studies, University of East London.

MA (Distinction) Cultural Studies, Thames Valley University, London.

PGCE (FE), Thames College, London.

PG Dip. Lib, The Polytechnic of North London.

BA (Hons) English 1st Class, The Polytechnic of North London.

Research interests

Her research interests include: documentary and popular factual programming, popular journalism, crime and law and order, class difference in contemporary British culture and gender and political voice.

Her new book written with Heather Nunn is entitled Class and Contemporary British Culture (2013 Palgrave Macmillan). ' If you care about the fate of society in neoliberal democracies such as Britain, you really must read this book' (Prof Nick Couldry author of Voice Matters). 'Biressi and Nunn's brilliant analysis of the binding centrality of class in Britain is historically rich, intellectually astute, finely detailed and deeply knowledgeable.' (Prof Sally Munt, Sussex University). Reviewed at LSE Review of Books at Anita is currently writing a new book with Heather Nunn called Politics Interrupted: Gender, Citizenship and Disruptive Voices (Rowman and Littlefield International 2015). She is also starting a new project with Heather focusing on political discourses of selfishness in times of austerity.

Research projects

Research Student Supervision

Irem Inceoglu: 'Coalition through the Internet: the networking of new anti-systemic movements as a contemporary case of radical democracy'. PhD Awarded 2010.

Amanda Wayling Yates: 'Television presenters and the career aspirations of teenage girls' . Scheduled for completion June 2012.

Brian Chama: 'Press Freedom in Zambia: A study of The Post newspaper and professional practice in political context.' Scheduled for completion June 2013.

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Elected member of the national Executive for Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA UK) since December 2002.

Member of the International Communication Association

Member of the War and the Media Network, University of Surrey.

Member of the steering group for the Women's Media Studies Network (MeCCSA).

Consultancy work

Current journal Editorial Board and Advisory Board memberships: Atlantis: A Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies, Celebrity Studies (Routledge), Communication, Culture and Critique (ICA/Wiley Blackwell), Feminist Media Studies (Taylor and Francis), Journal of Gender Studies (Taylor and Francis), The Journal of Popular Television (Intellect), JOMEC (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies), REFRAME (Research in Media, Film and Music Sussex) online platform.

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College


Documentary and factual programming including reality TV

Popular journalism

Media spectacle

Class difference in contemporary British culture

Media, society and social change


Research outputs


    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. the cultural politics of austerity: past and present in austere times

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  3. 'I'm passionate, Lord Sugar': Young Entrepreneurs, Critical Judgment and Emotional Labor in Young Apprentice

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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