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.

Research Leadership

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.

Current 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.

Research Grants

  • 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.

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • 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);

2016

International Sales of UK Television Content: Change and Continuity in ‘the space in between’ Production and Consumption (2016)
Steemers, J.
International Sales of UK Television Content: Change and Continuity in ‘the space in between’ Production and Consumption Television and New Media 1552-8316
Production studies, transformations in children's television and global turn (2016)
Steemers, J.
Production studies, transformations in children's television and global turn Journal of Children and Media 10 (1) 123-131 1748-2798
Production studies, transformations in children’s television and the global turn (2016)
Steemers, J.
Production studies, transformations in children’s television and the global turn Journal of Children and Media 10 (1) 123-131 1748-2798

2014

Selling television: addressing transformations in the international distribution of television content (2014)
Steemers, J.
Selling television: addressing transformations in the international distribution of television content Media Industries 1 (1) 2373-9037

2012

Evaluating and regulating the role of public broadcasters in the children’s media ecology: the case of home-grown television content (2012)
Steemers, J. and D'Arma, A.
Evaluating and regulating the role of public broadcasters in the children’s media ecology: the case of home-grown television content International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 8 (1) 67-86 1740-8296
Localisation strategies of US-owned children's television networks in five European markets (2012)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Localisation strategies of US-owned children's television networks in five European markets Journal of Children and Media 6 (2) 147-163 1748-2798

2010

The "canary in the coalmine": the recession and the crisis in the production of British children's television programming (2010)
Steemers, J.
The "canary in the coalmine": the recession and the crisis in the production of British children's television programming Popular Communication 8 (3) 213-217 1540-5702
The BBC's role in the changing production ecology of preschool television in Britain (2010)
Steemers, J.
The BBC's role in the changing production ecology of preschool television in Britain Television and New Media 11 (1) 37-61 1527-4764

2009

The thin line between market and quality (2009)
Steemers, J.
The thin line between market and quality Televizion 22/2009/E 53-56 0943-4755
Review of Ofcom policy investigation: "The future of children's television programming" (2009)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Review of Ofcom policy investigation: "The future of children's television programming" Cultural Trends 18 (1) 77-82 0954-8963

2008

Reflections 2: Television fiction exchange: methodological issues (2008)
Steemers, J.
Reflections 2: Television fiction exchange: methodological issues Critical Studies in Television: the international journal of television studies 3 (1) 99-100 1749-6020

2007

BBC to the rescue! Digital switchover and the reinvention of public service broadcasting in Britain (2007)
Smith, P. and Steemers, J.
BBC to the rescue! Digital switchover and the reinvention of public service broadcasting in Britain Javnost / The Public 14 (1) 39-56 1318-3222

2005

No longer 'the best in the world': the challenge of exporting British television drama (2005)
Steemers, J.
No longer 'the best in the world': the challenge of exporting British television drama Media Information Australia 115 33-47 1329-878X

2004

Building a digital cultural commons: the example of the BBC (2004)
Steemers, J.
Building a digital cultural commons: the example of the BBC Convergence 10 (3) 102-107 1354-8565

2001

Onlineaktivitäten der BBC: gratwanderung zwischen public-service-verpflichtungen und kommerziellen zielen (2001)
Steemers, J.
Onlineaktivitäten der BBC: gratwanderung zwischen public-service-verpflichtungen und kommerziellen zielen Media Perspektiven 3 126-132 0170-1754
In search of a third way: balancing public purpose and commerce in German and British public service broadcasting (2001)
Steemers, J.
In search of a third way: balancing public purpose and commerce in German and British public service broadcasting Canadian Journal of Communication 26 (1) 69-87 1499-6642
Auf konfrontationskurs: die BBC auf der flucht nach vorne (2001)
Steemers, J.
Auf konfrontationskurs: die BBC auf der flucht nach vorne Message: Internationale Fachzeitschrift fur Journalismus 3 Quartal 70-72

2016

Blurred Lines: Public Service Media and the State (2016)
Steemers, J.
Blurred Lines: Public Service Media and the State in: Flew, T., Iosifides, P. and Steemers, J. (ed.) Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan pp. 139-155
Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (2016)
Flew, T., Iosifides, P. and Steemers, J.
Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State in: Flew, T., Iosifides, P. and Steemers, J. (ed.) Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan pp. 1-15

2015

Co-producing content for pan-Arab children's TV: state, business, and the workplace (2015)
Steemers, J. and Sakr, N.
Co-producing content for pan-Arab children's TV: state, business, and the workplace in: Banks, M., Conor, B. and Mayer, V. (ed.) Production studies, the sequel!: cultural studies of global media industries London Routledge pp. 238-250
Broadcasting is dead. Long live television: perspectives from Europe (2015)
Steemers, J.
Broadcasting is dead. Long live television: perspectives from Europe in: Steemers, J., Trappel, J. and Thomass, B. (ed.) European media in crisis: values, risks and policies London Routledge pp. 64-81

2013

Children's television culture (2013)
Steemers, J.
Children's television culture in: Lemish, D. (ed.) The Routledge international handbook of children, adolescents and media Routledge pp. 103-110
Children’s television: markets and regulation (2013)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Children’s television: markets and regulation in: Donders, K., Pauwels, C. and Loisen, J. (ed.) Private television in Western Europe: content, markets, policies Palgrave Macmillan

2012

Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media (2012)
Ferrell Lowe, G. and Steemers, J.
Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media in: Ferrell Lowe, G. and Steemers, J. (ed.) Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media Goteborg Sweden Nordicom pp. 9-26

2011

Media industries: ownership, copyright and regulation (2011)
Vartanova, E., Saura, L.B., Steemers, J. and Papathanassopoulos, S.
Media industries: ownership, copyright and regulation in: Trappel, J., Meier, W.A., D'Haenens, L., Steemers, J. and Thomas, B. (ed.) Media in Europe today Bristol Intellect pp. 169-183
Little kids TV: downloading, sampling and school TV experiences of the digital era (2011)
Steemers, J.
Little kids TV: downloading, sampling and school TV experiences of the digital era in: Bennett, J. and Strange, N. (ed.) Television as digital media Durham, NC Duke University Press pp. 158-178
British television in the American marketplace (2011)
Steemers, J.
British television in the American marketplace in: Lavigne, C. and Marcovitch, H. (ed.) American remakes of British television: transformations and mistranslations Lanham, MD Lexington
Big formats, small nations: does size matter? (2011)
Hill, A. and Steemers, J.
Big formats, small nations: does size matter? in: Lowe, G.F. and Nissen, C. (ed.) Broadcasting in smaller states Göteborg Nordicom pp. 203-218

2010

The bigger picture: preschool television in its critical and aesthetic contexts (2010)
Walters, J. and Steemers, J.
The bigger picture: preschool television in its critical and aesthetic contexts in: Steemers, J. (ed.) Creating preschool television: a story of commerce, creativity and curriculum Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan pp. 191-211
Public service media and children: serving the digital citizens of the future (2010)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Public service media and children: serving the digital citizens of the future in: Iosifides, P. (ed.) Reinventing public service communication: European broadcasters and beyond Palgrave Macmillan
Serving children in public service media (2010)
D'Arma, A., Enli, G. and Steemers, J.
Serving children in public service media in: Lowe, G.F. (ed.) The public in public service media Nordicom pp. 227-242
Policy interventions, funding and the crisis in advertising (2010)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Policy interventions, funding and the crisis in advertising in: Steemers, J. (ed.) Creating preschool television: a story of commerce, creativity and curriculum Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan pp. 171-190

2007

Europe: television in transition (2007)
Steemers, J.
Europe: television in transition in: Artz, L. and Kamalipour, Y.R. (ed.) The media globe: trends in international mass media Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth Rowman & Littlefield Publishers pp. 57-78

2006

Gutachten Grossbritannien (2006)
Steemers, J., Trappel, J. and Uhrmann, C.
Gutachten Grossbritannien in: Analyse des verhaltnisses zwischen programmauftrag und weiteren leistungen IPMZ pp. 93-104
Old Europe, new Europe: television in transition (2006)
Steemers, J.
Old Europe, new Europe: television in transition in: Artz, L. and Kamilipour, Y.R. (ed.) The media globe: trends in international mass media Lanham, MD, USA Rowman & Littlefield
European television in the global market (2006)
Steemers, J.
European television in the global market in: Marcinkowski, F., Meier, W.A. and Trappel, J. (ed.) Medien und demokratie / Media and democracy: Europische erfahrungen / experiences from Europe Bern, Switzerland Haupt Verlag AG pp. 91-109

2005

Balancing culture and commerce on the global stage: BBC worldwide (2005)
Steemers, J.
Balancing culture and commerce on the global stage: BBC worldwide in: Lowe, G.F. and Jauert, P. (ed.) Cultural dilemmas in public service broadcasting Goteborg, Sweden Nordicom pp. 231-250

2004

The global TV bazaar (2004)
Steemers, J.
The global TV bazaar in: McGown, A. (ed.) BFI television handbook 2005: the essential guide to UK TV London, UK British Film Institute pp. 95-96
Globalisation strategies (2004)
Steemers, J.
Globalisation strategies in: McGown, A. (ed.) BFI television handbook 2005: the essential guide to UK TV London, UK British Film Institute pp. 61-62
Europe as a television market (2004)
Steemers, J.
Europe as a television market in: Sinclair, J. (ed.) Contemporary world television London, UK British Film Institute pp. 35-38

2003

Public service broadcasting is not yet dead: survival strategies in the 21st century (2003)
Steemers, J.
Public service broadcasting is not yet dead: survival strategies in the 21st century in: Lowe, G.F. and Hujanen, T. (ed.) Broadcasting & convergence: new articulations of the public service remit Goteborg, Sweden Nordicom pp. 123-136
BBC online (2003)
Steemers, J.
BBC online in: Ralph, S., Manchester, H. and Lees, C. (ed.) Diversity or anarchy?: papers from the 31st University of Manchester Broadcasting Symposium, 2001 Luton, UK University of Luton Press

2016

Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (2016)
Flew, T., Iosifides, P. and Steemers, J. (ed.)
Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan

2015

European media in crisis: values, risks and policies (2015)
Steemers, J., Thomass, B. and Trappel, J. (ed.)
European media in crisis: values, risks and policies London Routledge

2012

Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media (2012)
Ferrell Lowe, G. and Steemers, J. Ferrell Lowe, G. and Steemers, J. (ed.)
Regaining the Initiative for Public Service Media Goteborg Sweden Nordicom

2011

Media in Europe today (2011)
Trappel, J., Meier, W.A., D'Haenens, L., Steemers, J. and Thomas, B. (ed.)
Media in Europe today Bristol Intellect

2010

Creating preschool television: a story of commerce, creativity and curriculum (2010)
Steemers, J.
Creating preschool television: a story of commerce, creativity and curriculum Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan

2005

European television industries (2005)
Iosifides, P., Steemers, J. and Wheeler, M.
European television industries London, UK British Film Institute

2004

Selling television: British television in the global marketplace (2004)
Steemers, J.
Selling television: British television in the global marketplace London, UK British Film Institute

2016

Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children: A Report for Stakeholders (2016)
Steemers, J.
Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children: A Report for Stakeholders London Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster

2009

Virtual worlds: an overview and study of BBC Children’s Adventure Rock (2009)
Jackson, L., Gauntlett, D. and Steemers, J.
Virtual worlds: an overview and study of BBC Children’s Adventure Rock London BBC & University of Westminster
Children in virtual worlds: Adventure Rock users and producers study (2009)
Jackson, L., Gauntlett, D. and Steemers, J.
Children in virtual worlds: Adventure Rock users and producers study London BBC & University of Westminster

2007

Can television be good for children? (2007)
Kondo, K. and Steemers, J.
Can television be good for children? London Save Kids’ TV

2008

Children's television: the soft underbelly of public service broadcasting (2008)
D'Arma, A. and Steemers, J.
Children's television: the soft underbelly of public service broadcasting RIPE@2008 Conference: Public Service Media in the 21st Century: Participation, Partnership and Media Development Mainz, Germany 08 - 11 Oct 2008

2006

The BBC's role in the changing production ecology of pre-school television in Britain (2006)
Steemers, J.
The BBC's role in the changing production ecology of pre-school television in Britain RIDE@2006: Public Service Broadcasting in a Multichannel Environment: Programmes and Platforms Amsterdam 16 - 18 Nov 2006

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