Teaching staff

The teaching staff of the MA Digital Media, Culture and Society, University of Brighton are active in academic research and creative practice. See individual pages about Frauke Behrendt,  Gemma Cobb, Lance Dann, Julie Doyle, Aristea Fotopoulou, Paula Hearsum, Olu Jenzen, Irmi Karl, Maria Sourbati, Julia Winckler, Eleftherios Zenerian.


Frauke on bikeFrauke Behrendt (Module Leader: Digital Cities)

Dr Frauke Behrendt is a Principal Lecturer in Media, let the RCUK-funded ‘Smart e-bikes’ research project and the research on the NetPark project. Her research contributes to the understanding of both the design process and the user experience of emerging/innovative mobile and digital technologies. Her findings have impact in the areas of media, mobility, sustainability, interaction design, sound studies, intelligent transport and smart cities. Behrendt’s results and insights translate into policy, design and teaching. Dr Behrendt is course leader for Environment and Media Studies BA (Hons) and teaches on the MA ‘Creative Media’ and the ‘Media, Insustry & Innovation’ and ‘Media Studies’ BAs. She is on the steering committee of the Centre for Research in Spatial, Environmental & Cultural Politics, and leads its theme ‘Environmental futures, communication & sustainability’. Dr Behrendt was on the on the Steering Committee of the EU COST Action on Sonic Interaction Design.

Gemma Cobb (Module Leader: Big Data, Culture and Society)

Dr Gemma Cobb has a  PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities) and her research focuses in pro-anorexia online spaces . Her thesis explored how thinness is represented across a raft of websites, forums, and social media identifying as ‘pro-ana’. It argued that, despite media villifcation and continued censorship of pro-ana online spaces, the boundaries between mainstream espousal of the thin ideal and the bodies promoted in pro-ana culture are increasingly blurred.

Lance Dann (Module Leader: Professional Media Practice)Lance and Bryonny

Lance is currently writing Podcasting: A Digital Media Revolution with Dr Martin Spinelli.  Due to be published in 2018 by Bloomsbury Academic this will be the first major study of podcasting and podcasters.  It will feature over 40 interviews with leading producers and hosts of podcasts from the US and UK including Serial, Radiolab, Welcome to Night Vale, Adam Buxton and My Dad Wrote a Porno. [Read More]

Julie Doyle

Julie Doyle (Teaches in Practising Media Research)

Professor Julie Doyle researches in media and is an authority on climate communication.

Her research examines the ways in which media and culture shape our understandings of, and responses to, climate change.

With a particular focus upon visual communication, Dr Doyle has worked collaboratively with visual artists, and provided consultancy for environmental NGOs, government and the sustainability communications sector on best practice for climate and environmental communication.

Feminist Activism and Digital Media BookAristea Fotopoulou (Module Leader: Big Data, Culture and Society, and for Dissertation Module)

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou‘s research focuses on critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change. Her new book is entitled “Feminist activism and digital networks: between empowerment and vulnerability” (2017, Palgrave/MacMillan). Positioned at the intersections of media and cultural studies with science and technologies studies, she has published widely in the themes of information politics and big data, digital engagement, media literacy, intersectionality and queer theory, digital networks and feminism.

Aristea is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications in the School of Media, University of Brighton, and Course Leader of the MA Creative Media. She serves as Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). [READ MORE]

Paula HearsumPaula Hearsum (Teaches in the module Practising Media Research)

Paula is currently conducting a research project in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive on the oral history of Popular Music Studies in the UK. Her latest article on ‘Alas, Poor Richard: fandom, personal identity and Ben Myer’s novelization of Richey Edwards’ life story’ will be featured in Volume! due out in October 2017. She is steering committee member of the AHRC project Fifty Years of British Music Video, 1964-2014‘. Paula is a Principal lecturer at the University of Brighton and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 


Olu JenzenOlu Jenzen  (Module Leader of the module Practising Media Research)

Olu Jenzen lectures in media studies with research interests across critical theory, contemporary media, literature and popular culture, notably in the fields of feminist and queer theory.

Her research work focuses on the politics of aesthetic form, cultures of trauma, the representation of gender and sexuality in film, literature and popular culture and social aspects of non-normative epistemologies.

Eleftherios Zenerian  (Module Leader of the module Digital and Social media Activism)

Metal Music StudiesDr Zenerian’s current research focuses on popular music and everyday life. Through a series of case-studies, each one deploying different methodological approaches including ethnography, self-ethnography, cultural biography of things, textual analysis, and in-depth interviewing, he investigates the different ways in which popular music fans engage with music and music technologies, how the meanings of music enter their everyday lives, and how fans participate in the production of popular music. The first output of this research will be published in the Metal Music Studies journal in the beginning of 2018 (issue 4.1).

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