Our research profile
We have two major research groups, both of which have international reputations for excellence: CAMRI, based in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and CREAM which is in the Departments of Arts and Design, Film and Photography and Digital Media. Though each group has its own PhD programme, interdisciplinary links are encouraged and students will benefit from being part of a large, dynamic and diverse research environment.
CAMRI is home to around 30 researchers and 65 doctoral students. It has been a leading centre of media and communications research in the UK for almost 30 years. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 52 per cent of our research was judged to be "world-leading", with 87 per cent of the total rated "internationally excellent". We have a wide range of interests and an established track record in doctoral supervision and are well placed to provide the necessary academic and pastoral support to research students.
CAMRI has a vibrant research culture, each year hosting national and international conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics and PhD students are strongly encouraged to become involved in this activity. We host regular PhD symposia in conjunction with Goldsmiths College, the LSE and City University at which all our students present papers. We are also a consortium member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Doctoral Summer School. CAMRI publishes an in-house journal, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC), which is run by PhD students and is establishing itself on the academic scene. We hold regular research seminars where leading scholars and practitioners from outside the university share their research and experience with our staff and students.
CREAM boasts an excellent research track record and an energetic and expanding team. Its members include internationally renowned artists, filmmakers, photographers, ceramicists, theorists, critics, historians, designers and musicians. CREAM focuses on critical and cross-disciplinary approaches. Whilst its individual members cover a wide range of subject areas and expertise, cross-connections between areas are encouraged.
CREAM has 30 researchers and over 35 PhD students and is London’s leading research centre in visual and media arts, design and music and one of the top 6 such centres in the UK, with 75% of its work rated as international or world-leading. Approximately half of CREAM PhD students are undertaking practice-based degrees.