The following pages outline the brief research interests within the media@uea research group. Further details can be found by clicking on the 'see full people page' link.

  • Eylem Atakav

    Eylem Atakav

    Dr Eylem Atakav is a Lecturer in Film, Television and Media studies. Her research interests include media and cultural politics, gender in film and television, feminist film theory, transnational cinema, women's cinema and Turkish cinema. She is also interested in the relationship between films and cultural memory.

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  • Paul Bernal

    Paul Bernal

    Paul Bernal is a Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law. He is in the final stages of his PhD, researching into internet privacy. He is particularly interested in the commercial gathering and use of personal data particularly by organisations like Google and Facebook and how that use affects our lives, and will increasingly affect our lives in the future.

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  • Peter Bloore

    Peter Bloore

    Peter Bloore is the first Senior Lecturer in Creativity at UEA, and teaches on the scriptwriting strand of the MA in Creative Writing, the MA in Film and TV Studies, and the MA in Creative Entrepreneurship. He also facilitates creativity research across different schools in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Academically he specialises in managing creative people; leadership and management; film and media business; and screenplay development.

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  • Fernanda Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon

    Fernanda Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon

    Dr Fernanda Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon is a Lecturer in Economics. She graduated from Cornell with a PhD in Economics in February 2010. Her research interests are in political economy and public economics. Her PhD dissertation was based on newspaper political endorsements.

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  • Rayna Denison

    Rayna Denison

    Dr Rayna Denison is a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies. The focus of her research and teaching is on the international circulation of film and television texts and cultures. Japanese cinema is a central research and teaching focus, and in addition she has recently been working on the relationships between the national and the global with reference to American film and television.

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  • Ian Edwards

    Ian Edwards

    Dr Ian Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in law. His areas of research include sentencing law and the place of victims in criminal processes. His current research focuses on the place of sentencing guidelines in England and Wales. In terms of media, Dr Edwards explores the criminal law's regulation of public visual art, challenging the received dichotomy between graffiti as art or criminality.

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  • Ulrich Heinze

    Chris Hanretty

    Chris Hanretty is a lecturer in Politics in the School of Political, Social and International Studies. He joined UEA in 2012 from the European University Institute. His doctoral thesis, "The Political Independence of Public Service Broadcasters", won the inaugural Francois Meny Prize for the Best Comparative Study of European Institutions and has now been published by Routledge. His work has been published in Electoral studies and the British Journal of Political Science. He previously studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Annes College, University of Oxford, and has worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the OSCE.

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  • Michael Harker

    Michael Harker

    Dr Michael Harker is a Professor in Law specialising in competition and regulation with a particular interest in media regulation. He is a principal investigator of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy and has written extensively in the area of competition law and utility regulation.

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  • Ulrich Heinze

    Ulrich Heinze

    Dr Ulrich Heinze is a sociologist specializing in Japanese Media Studies and Theories of Intercultural Communication. Before doing research and teaching at the University of Tokyo, he has been working as a journalist at North German Radio. His main interest is focussed on Japanese visual media, e.g. advertisement, manga and TV-programmes, empirically keeping an eye on radio and TV-ratings in the ageing society.

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  • Su Holmes

    Su Holmes

    Dr Su Holmes is Reader in Television Studies. She has teaching and research interests British television history (especially the 1950s), contemporary television genres (especially Reality TV and quiz shows), and the subject of celebrity.

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  • Sanna Inthorn

    Sanna Inthorn

    Dr Sanna Inthorn is a Senior Lecturer in Society, Culture and Media specialising in citizenship and popular culture; media and identity. Her research explores the role of the media in constructing concepts of national and civic identity and the media's potential to invigorate the public sphere.

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  • Mark Jancovich

    Mark Jancovich

    Mark Jancovich is a Professor in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies. His research interests lie in the areas of film, media and cultural theory; genre studies (particularly horror, pornography and the historical epic); audience and reception studies; and contemporary popular television.

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  • Keith Johnston

    Keith Johnston

    Keith Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies. His current teaching and research focuses on film marketing, media technologies, film and television aesthetics, and genre. His research interest in film marketing materials (and their role within culture and national media industries) has been published in Convergence, Film International, Media History, the Journal of Popular Film and Television and in his book Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 2009). He has recently guest edited a special issue of Frames Cinema Journal on promotional materials (http://framescinemajournal.com/), and was featured in a June 2013 special report on trailers and technology in Wired.

  • Emily Laidlaw

    Emily Laidlaw

    Emily Laidlaw joined the UEA Law School as a Lecturer in 2011. Emily's research interests are in the areas of digital human rights, Internet and new media regulation and corporate governance. She has taught a variety of courses for Law and non-Law students, particularly in the areas of information technology, intellectual property, media and human rights law.

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  • David Mead

    Karen McCullagh

    Karen McCullagh is a lecturer in the School of Law. She is a member of the Executive Committee of BILETA (British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association) She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Society of Legal Scholars, and Society for Computers & Law, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches on the Constitutional & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Media Law undergraduate modules. In addition, she teaches on the LLM Modules of Data Protection & Freedom of Information and E-Commerce. Karen's main areas of interest are privacy and data protection, e-democracy and, more generally, the regulation of social media and new technologies e.g. blogging and cloud computing.


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  • Ian Masters

    Ian Masters

    Ian Masters is a British television broadcaster, commentator, author, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. Ian worked for the BBC for more than 25 years, firstly presenting news and current affairs programmes (e.g. Look East). After this he became the Managing Editor of various BBC local radio stations before returning to TV management as Director of BBC TV South.

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  • David Mead

    David Mead

    David Mead is a Professor of law in the UEA Law School and domestic human rights law specialist. His media-related research encompasses protest, dissent and free speech. He is the author of several articles on the regulation of peaceful protests and is also the author of The New Law of Peaceful Protest: Rights and Regulation in the Human Rights Act Era (published by Hart in 2010).

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  • Judith Mehta

    Judith Mehta

    Dr Judith Mehta is primarily a researcher pursuing ongoing interests in rational choice theory and economic methodology. She is particularly interested in the interactions between economics and its cognate disciplines such as philosophy, cultural studies and economic anthropology.

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  • Brett Mills

    Brett Mills

    Dr Brett Mills is a Senior Lecturer in television studies. His teaching and research focuses on popular television forms, in particular comedy. He is especially interested in the sitcom, both historically and institutionally, as well as its national and international inflections.

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  • Andreas Musolff

    Andreas Musolff

    Andreas Musolff is a Professor in the School of Languages and Communications Studies. His research interests are in the areas of Intercultural Communication, Cognitive Linguistics, Political Discourse Analysis, Historical Semantics and Pragmatics and the History of Applied Linguistics. His most recent work has focused on cross-cultural comparison of metaphor use, language and racism, and quotation in intercultural communication.

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  • Clare Precey 

    Clare Precey has 10 years experience in broadcasting, working for the BBC and the independent sector. She is a former BBC senior journalist and has worked as a programme editor, presenter and reporter. She worked for the BBC's Head of Radio News during and after the Hutton Inquiry and  has handled complaints for the Today Programme. Her work has been heard on Radio 1, 2, 4 and Five Live. She has been teaching practical journalism at under-graduate and post-graduate level since 2009, and is currently teaching on the MA Broadcast Journalism course

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  • Marina Prentoulis

    Marina Prentoulis

    Dr Marina Prentoulis joined the School of Political, Social and International Studies 2009. She completed her PhD in Ideologies and Discourse Analysis at the Department of Government, University of Essex.

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  • Mark Rimmer

    Mark Rimmer

    Dr Mark Rimmer is a lecturer in Media Studies. His current research interests lie in the areas of cultural and especially musical tastes meaning and practices, genre, cultural policy, creative work, audiences, youth and creative arts participation.

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  • Martin Scott

    Martin Scott

    Martin Scott is a Lecturer in Media and International Development specialising in analysis of the production, content and reception of UK media coverage of developing countries. His current research focuses on media literacy, the role of popular culture in engaging young people in politics and he is finishing a PhD concerned with the mediation of distant others.

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  • Peter Simmons

    Peter Simmons

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  • Michael Skey

    Michael Skey

    Dr Michael Skey is a lecturer in the School of Political, Social and International Studies. He was awarded his PhD in October 2008 from the Department of Media & Communications at the LSE and since then has taught sociology at University of Leicester and UEL and Media & Cultural Studies at University of Kingston. He specialises in the construction and expression of national identity.

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  • Tim Snelson

    Tim Snelson

    Tim Snelson is a Lecturer in Media and Culture in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies. In his teaching he addresses the politics and sociology of the media; cultural and subcultural studies; and the politics of taste. Tim's research addresses the relationship between media and social history, focusing particularly on popular film and television genres; gender theory; cult media; and taste cultures.

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  • John Street

    John Street

    Professor John Street is the author of several books, including Music and Politics, Politics and Technology, Rebel Rock: the politics of popular music and Mass Media, Politics and Democracy. His main research is on the relationship between politics and mass media and popular culture.

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  • Yvonne Tasker

    Yvonne Tasker

    Professor Yvonne Tasker's teaching and research is broadly concerned with the politics of popular culture, encompassing questions of gender, race and sexuality. In current and recent work she's explored these issues in relation to popular constructions of "postfeminism"; gender and military culture on screen; action and adventure narratives; crime television.

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  • Helen Warner

    Helen Warner

    Helen Warner joined PSI in 2011 as a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies. Before that, Helen was an associate tutor in PSI, FTV and DEV. She writes media and fashion and on the women's careers and treatment within the film industry

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  • Mark Wells

    Mark Wells

    Mark Wells has a track record as journalist, TV producer and Broadcast Technology research director. He was the first director of EPIC (the East of England Production Innovation Centre) from August 2006 to August 2010, establishing the centre as a major production, enterprise and innovation hub in the East of England.

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  • Melanie Williams

    Melanie Williams

    Melanie Williams' research and much of her teaching focuses on British cinema, particularly in relation to gender issues. She has co-edited a collection of essays on the British woman's film and is working on a monograph on David Lean and an edited collection on Ealing Studios.

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  • Sally-Ann Wilson

    Sally-Ann Wilson

    Sally-Ann Wilson has more than twenty years experience as a documentary producer/ director/ executive producer making documentaries for the BBC, Granada and Anglia. Passionate about reflecting the wider world to UK audiences, she decided in 2001 to combine a background in development with her programme making experience and launched World View.

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  • Li Zhang

    Li Zhang

    Dr. Zhang joined PSI in 2012 having previously taught and conducted research at the University of Nottingham as a research fellow. After completing her PhD in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds, Dr. Zhang won the ESiA (European Studies in Asia) Young Academic's research fellowship awarded by the Asia Europe Foundation. She worked in the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and the European Union Centre in Singapore under this research fellowship scheme. Dr. Zhang had also worked in media and communication industries as a journalist, editor and communication manager for many years before she embarked on an academic career.

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Associated members

  • Shaun Hargreaves Heap

    Shaun Hargreaves Heap - Associate Member

    Shaun Hargreaves Heap is a Professor in Political Economics at Kings College, London. He teaches and researches on the economics of the media, and in particular on television. His recent publications in this field have been on the role of public service broadcasting in the digital age (Economic Policy, 2005) and on the influence of different regulatory regimes on trust in television (Kyklos, 2007).

  • Daithí Mac Síthigh

    Daithí Mac Síthigh - Associate Member

    Dr Daithí Mac Síthigh is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Edinburgh. His current research includes the regulation of video games, net neutrality, and the harmonisation of media-related European Union law. Daithí also writes a blog on Internet and media law.

  • Alastair Mullis

    Alastair Mullis - Associate Member

    Professor Alastair Mullis is Head of the Law School at Leeds University. His main research interests lie in the law of defamation and aspects of international commercial law but he has also written extensively in the area of child sexual abuse. He was co-founder of media@uea.

  • Heather Savigny

    Heather Savigny - Associate Member

    Dr Heather Savigny is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of Bournemouth, specialising in political communication, politics and mass media, political marketing. She was co-convenor of the PSA's Media and Politics Specialist Group.