Research projects

All our staff are research active and regularly receive support from external funding bodies, ranging from the UK Research Councils and the Leverhulme Trust to the European Commission. The list below includes a small selection of current and recently completed projects with stand-alone project websites. For a more comprehensive overview of our research, please consult our Research Strengths and the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Conversation Analytic Role-play Method (CARM)

CARM applies conversation analytic research to communication training to enable better conversations - from healthcare encounters to crisis negotiation. We’re also passionate about public science to bust common communication myths.

Visit CARM website

Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination (MMPI)

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, this major project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, responds to the urgent need to capture cultural memories of Partition in the British Asian community.

Visit MMPI website

Online Civic Culture (O3C)

Established in 2018 with an award from Loughborough University’s Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C) applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture.

Visit O3C website

The Illiberal Turn

A timely research project examining the role of media in the resurgence of illiberal nationalism, populist leaders, and authoritarian forms of government in Central and Eastern Europe.

Visit The Illiberal Turn website

Tourism as Memory-Making

Tourism plays an important yet unacknowledged role in the construction of cultural memory. This ESRC project investigates this role by focusing on Russian tourism to Estonia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, in a time of geopolitical tensions.

Visit Tourism as Memory-Making website


Our researchers are developing guidance for effective crisis communication during a potential chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological emergency. Their work forms part of a multi-million pound TOXI-Triage project funded by the European Commission.

Visit Toxi-triage website

Screening Socialism

Screening Socialism was a three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which developed the first comparative, transnational study of television under communist rule.

Visit Screening Socialism website