Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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The CRCC Theme Leads

Our Theme Leads help develop and promote innovative, internationally relevant and interdisciplinary research in our six core research themes.

Jessica Robles (Language and Social Interaction)

Jessica is fascinated by how moral troubles are implicated in ordinary social interactions. Her research has explored many topics in which morality surfaces, from little words such as “like,” to political arguments, family interactions, and responses to racism. She conducts qualitative research using discourse analysis and teaches qualitative methods courses in the Social Psychology programme.

Jessica's research involves discourse analysis of language and social interaction; she transcribes recorded ordinary interactions in a range of settings, from the interpersonal and relational (among friends, family) to the organisational and institutional (related to health, politics, education, business). Most of her work focuses on mundane conversations in which something moral arises, particularly when something goes awry. She is especially interested in practical problems, challenges, troubles, and dilemmas—those moments when interaction acquires a little “danger” or requires a bit of delicacy. Jessica's doctoral dissertation used a series of such situations to theorise that the relationship between communication and morality is centrally concerned with the social organization of difference. Her subsequent publications have further sought to understand how morality is entangled everyday distinctions, disalignments, and disagreements. Her book Everyday Talk: Building and Reflecting Identities (2nd edition, 2013), written with first author Karen Tracy, works through many of the concepts, theories and perspectives underlying my research, and is frequently used as an undergraduate textbook in courses on discourse, identity, and culture.

James Stanyer (Political Communication)

James Stanyer is Professor of Communication and Media Analysis at Loughborough University. He is a political scientist by training, gaining his PhD from the London School of Economics in 1999. His research and teaching interests lie primarily in the area political communication in a national and comparative context. He has published on a wide range of topics including: the personalization of politics; political news and journalism; online political campaigning; politicians and impression management, and comparative research methodologies. His work has appeared in a wide range of academic journals and books, he has authored several books – “The Creation of Political News” (Sussex, 2001) “Modern Political Communication” (Polity, 2007); “Intimate Politics” (Polity, 2013); and co-edited the “Political Communication Reader” (Routledge, 2007); “Communicating Populism” (Routledge, 2019).

James has been both principal investigator and co-investigator on projects funded by the ESRC, the BBC Trust, the UK government and third sector organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of various journals, is a member of the Network of European Political Communication Scholars and was a founder member of the COST Action IS1308, Populist Political Communication in Europe . He is also a member of the political communication sections of: the American Political Science Association, International Communication Association, The European Communication Research and Education Association, the Political Studies Association.

Dominic Wring (Media, Memory and History)

Since Dominic joined Loughborough University in 1997 he has been involved in CRCC studies analysing news coverage of elections and referenda including the Brexit and 2019 campaigns. While this research necessarily focuses on contemporary events, he is also interested in the past, including the history the history of how the British press changed in their reporting of UK-EU (dis)integration. Dominic’s book, The Politics of the Marketing of the Labour Party (Palgrave), explored the changes as well as continuities in strategic political communication over the entire course of the Twentieth Century. More recently Dominic has published histories of political advertising in Britain (on both the enduring poster tradition as well as Party Election Broadcasting on radio and television) and public relations (and specifically how it was used by London Council during the 1930s to oppose the then hegemonic Westminster Government). He was also a founding and is currently Senior Editor of the Journal of Political Marketing in which he has published on the parallels between historical and more recent campaigns.