Research Clusters

Our researchers produce high-quality outputs, industry commentary and practical art which are designed to enrich our understanding of identity and culture. Find out more about our specialisms below.

Jazz Studies

We take a critical perspective to investigate the challenges of working in the creative sector and explore the impact of cultural policy on areas such as the economy, heritage, urban regeneration, education and enterprise.

Jazz Studies

Popular Music Research

The Popular Music Studies research group focuses on contemporary issues of significance to musicians, audiences, the industries involved directly and indirectly in the production of popular music, and public organisations.

Popular Music Research

History, Heritage and Archives

The cluster explores all aspects of archiving and cultural heritage practice, and the opportunities and tensions that present themselves for scholars, institutions and practitioners in these fields. 

History and Archives

Screen Cultures

Exploring cultural representations of gender and sexuality in screen-based media, ranging from film and television to computer games, animation and the Internet.

Screen Cultures

Creative Industries

We take a critical perspective to investigate the challenges of working in the creative sector and explore the impact of cultural policy on areas such as the economy, heritage, urban regeneration, education and enterprise.

Creative Industries

Media and Place

The Media and Place cluster brings together researchers at different career stages to explore the relations between media, culture and the geopolitics of place.

Media and Place

Game Cultures

The Game Cultures cluster brings together scholars whose research addresses questions around the cultural aspects of games of all kinds.

Game Cultures

Cultural Theory

Exploring Cultural Theory in relation to contemporary politics in order to understand its application to everyday realities and practices.

Cultural Theory

Gender and Sexuality

Investigating the ways in which gender and sexuality are socially and culturally constructed.

Gender and Sexuality