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I joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Media and Journalism in July 2016. With Professor Cornel Sandvoss I am co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture, and supervise a number of PhD students in this area, focusing significantly on media fandom and fan studies.

Prior to joining Huddersfield I was Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University, and before that I worked for more than a decade at Cardiff University, beginning as a Lecturer and leaving as a Reader.

I have written six sole-authored research monographs, starting with Fan Cultures in 2002 and coming up to date with Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event in 2015, as well as publishing more than a hundred book chapters and journal articles in the areas of media fandom, cult film/TV, and audiences in the digital era.

Research Expertise and Interests

I am interested in  any aspect of media fandom or any kind of audience study, particularly in areas that have been under-explored to date. I am also interested in cult film and TV, including programmes such as Sherlock, Doctor Who and telefantasy/science fiction TV more broadly. In terms of theoretical approaches, I have used psychoanalysis and psychosocial theory in my own fan studies’ research as well as drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. As co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture I would welcome PhD submissions in this field of study, including work on digital audiences/produsers/prosumers as well as transmedia/convergence culture.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Media Fandom
  • Audience Study
  • Cult Film
  • Cult TV
  • Telefantasy
  • Science Fiction TV
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychosocial Theory
  • Digital Audiences
  • Producers
  • Prosumers
  • Transmedia
  • Convergence Culture


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