Professor Jeanette Steemers
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Jeanette Steemers is Professor of Media and Communications and Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster in London. Her research interests include children's media, media in Europe, the international circulation of televisual content, the media industries, media production and media policy.
A graduate in German and Russian at the University of Bath, she completed her PhD on public service broadcasting in West Germany in 1990, also at the University of Bath.
After working for media and telecommunications research company, CIT Research, and international television distributor and children's producer HIT Entertainment (Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends), she rejoined academia in 1993 working first at the University of Luton until 2000 before moving to De Montfort University in Leicester. She joined the University of Westminster in 2006 as Professor in Media and Communications.
Her book publications include Creating Preschool Television (2010), Media in Europe Today (2010, eds), Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media (2012, ed. with Greg Lowe), Selling Television: British Television in the Global Marketplace (2004) and European Television Industries (2005 with P. Iosifidis and M. Wheeler). She has written many journal articles including articles for Television and New Media, Convergence, Journal of Children and the Media, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Popular Communication, Javnost, Media International Australia, Canadian Journal of Communications and Media Perspektiven.
She is Associate Editor (Europe) for the journal Convergence, a Board Member of the Media Industries journal, and also a member of the Euromedia Research Group. She is a Director of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer and an Executive Board Member of Meccsa.
The Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council have funded her work on television trade and children's television. A research project on the production ecology of pre-school television in Britain was funded by the AHRC between 2006 and 2009. A three-year AHRC-funded project on 'Orientations in the Development of Pan-Arab Television for Children' started in 2013 (with Naomi Sakr and Tarik Sabry).
Jeanette leads the following undergraduate modules: Media and Society, Media Around the Globe and Television Studies (from 2014). She also leads the Dissertation Module for the MA in Media Management and the MA in International Media Business.
She is interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas: media industries, children's television, media exports, public service media, global media, European media, media institutions, media production, media distribution and television formats. She supervises and has examined several doctoral theses.
Jeanette is Co-Director of CAMRI (the Communications and Media Research Institute) alongside David Gauntlett. Within Camri there are 4 international centres (Arab Media Centre, Africa Media Centre, China Media Centre, and India Media Centre) and 3 research groupings: the Media Policy and Industries Group, the Media History Group and the Center for Social Media Research.
Jeanette's current research interests include children's media, the international circulation of televisual content, the media industries, production studies, media policy and media developments in Europe.
- 2013-2016- AHRC Co-Investigator, 'Orientations in the Development of Pan-Arab Television for Children' - AH/1000674/1 (£424,031).
- 2012-2012- AHRC Co-Investigator, 'Community-powered transformations' - Digital Transformations AHRC Digital Transformations Research Development Grant -2012 - AH/JO1303X/1 (£29835)
- 2008-2009- AHRC Research Leave 'The Changing Production Ecology of Pre-school Television in Britain' (AG/G003572/1) (£27553).
- 2007-2008- AHRC Co-Investigator 'Audience & producer engagement with immersive worlds (Case study: CBBC World)' (AH/F006756/1) (£74243).
- 2006-2008- AHRC Research Grant. Principal Investigator, 'The Production Ecology of Pre-School Television in Britain'. (119149) (£127935).
- 2002-2003- AHRB Research Leave 'Selling Television: British Television in the Global Marketplace' (£12035).
- 2001-2002- Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, 'Selling British TV' (£14733).
- 2001- British Academy Grant for 'Selling British Television: Cultural Industries Policy and International Television Ecologies' (£2300).
- 1986-1987- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship.
- Associate Editor, Europe, Convergence: Research into New Media Technologies
- Board Member Media Industries Journal
- May 2011 AHRC Panelist - Knowledge Transfer Fellowships
- Euromedia Research Group (since 2005);
- Board Member of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) since November 2009;
- RIPE (Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise) Conference Planning Group (since 2006);
- Member of the AHRC's Peer Review College (since 2010);
- Meccsa Executive Board (since 2012);
- Disney Junior US Advisory Board (since 2012);
- Children's Media Conference Research Panel (since 2011);