Professor Graham Murdock

Professor, Institute for Media and Creative Industries

Graham is a Professor of Culture and Economy and has a particular interest in the advertising and broadcasting industries, risk communication and Asian media.

Graham's work combines critical perspectives in political economy, sociology and cultural analysis to investigate the changing organisation of media and cultural systems and their relations to patterns of power, inequality and agency. HIS work has been translated in over twenty languages.

Professor Graham Murdock has been elected as the Vice President of the International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR). He has also been elected to the Academia Europaea - a significant European wide scholarly network for promoting work in our field.

Academic background

After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics Graham went on to do graduate work in the sociology of art and literature at Sussex University and worked as a researcher and teacher at the pioneering Center for Mass Communication Research at Leicester University. He later set up the communications and media program at Loughborough University.

Graham has taught widely outside the UK having held the Bonnier Chair at Stockholm University and the Teaching Chair at the Free University of Brussels. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Auckland, Bergen, California at San Diego, and Curtin Western Australia, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Current research and collaborations

Graham's current research is investigating the organisation and possible future of public culture under the dual impact of marketisation and digitalisation, and exploring the possibility of building a digital commons.

Current PhD / research supervisions

Graham currently co-supervises two doctoral projects. The first is researching the development and current organisation of skateboarding in China and the tensions between its rival constructions as a subculture and as a cultural industry. The second is exploring the Chinese government's mobilization of media as a key element in its 'soft power' strategy.

Interests and activities

Graham is a long-standing member of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) having twice served on the Executive Board and headed the Political Economy Section. Lists of Graham's writings and selected publications are available through Google Scholar and Research Gate.

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