The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) grew out of what James Curran described as the Westminster School research tradition, with its roots in media policy and economics, history, and public institutions. This tradition employs empirical, historical and theoretical methodology to explore the changing relations between media, society and modernity, both nationally and internationally. It focuses on understanding social and cultural change through rigorous examinations of the media now and over time. CAMRI has now expanded this approach to consider the media of different countries and cultures.
CAMRI pursues a policy of publishing research monographs and edited books, editorship of journals, securing external grants from a variety of sources, and supporting an international doctoral programme.
CAMRI's research occurs within three research groups and across four research centres.
The Centre for Social Media Research
The Centre for Social Media Research is one of the world’s first centres to specialise in the study of social media. We are dedicated to the study of social media in their social contexts, exploring their cultural, economic and political dimensions. We are especially interested in: creativity and participation in social media; the political economy of social media; social media industry, policy, and business models; social movements and activism using social media.
The Media Policy and Industries Group
The Media Policy and Industries Group is concerned with the critical analysis of media policy, regulation, political communications, the creative industries, journalism and issues connected with global media and democracy. Its work covers British media policy – including input to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and the Leveson Inquiry – and extends internationally, with policy research on Europe, China, India, and the Arab world.
The Media History Group
The Media History Group draws on Westminster’s expertise in the social history of media and public service broadcasting in particular. The Group uses archives and oral history to consider questions of public service, the enlightenment project, the history of the BBC and its impact on media and public life. Through its engagement with public institutions, policy-makers, politicians and regulators, it has impact on contemporary media policy.