The Institute of Communications Studies is a leading centre for media and communications research. Our research is multidisciplinary, theoretically innovative and socially relevant. Researchers at ICS are involved in extensive networks of collaboration with academic institutions, the public sector and media industries both within the UK and across the globe.
A vibrant and growing community of PhD students is an essential part of our research culture. We are also committed to research-led teaching, which is reflected in the portfolio of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Research at the Institute is clustered around five major research themes:
- Cultural Production and Media Policy
- International Communication
- Journalism Studies
- Political Communication
- Visual and Digital Cultures
Activities in each of these thematic areas are organised by Research Groups which provide a forum for discussion and support for research-active staff and PhD students, but also for non-research contracted staff who wish to get involved in research activities. The fact that most researchers are members of more than one Research Group reflects the multiplicity of interconnections between the thematic areas.
In addition, two dedicated Research Centres pursue a more specialised research agenda:
Our Research Centres are playing a leading role in exploring new territories of investigation and in establishing interdisciplinary collaborative links within the University and beyond.
The Institute of Communications Studies regularly hosts national and international conferences and workshops that bring together scholars, practitioners and policy makers.
The Institute also recognises the strong links between research and Impact and Innovation. We have a growing range of external partners and are developing rich collaborative work that enhances our research environment, the curriculum and the student experience. ICS staff contribute to national and international communications research through very active involvement in journals, scholarly associations and government, and by influencing public and private sector policy. We value not only the work done by our staff, but also the contributions made by our PhD students, who are, by definition, working at the cutting edge of their fields of interest. PhD students are welcomed into and engage fully in the Institute’s activities and provide an additional source of inspiration for our full-time academics.