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 Dr. Frauke Behrendt,  Dr. Gemma Cobb, Prof Julie Doyle, Dr. Aristea Fotopoulou, Dr. Paula Hearsum, Dr. Olu Jenzen, Ms Irmi Karl, Dr. Maria Sourbati, Dr. Julia Winckler, Dr. Eleftherios Zenerian, Dr. Patricia Prietro Blanco.

Frauke on bikeFrauke Behrendt 

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 

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.

Julie Doyle

Julie Doyle 

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 

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. She serves as Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). [READ MORE]

Paula HearsumPaula Hearsum 

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!  (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  

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.

Julia Winckler (Course Leader) 

Course Leader. Module leader MJM0 MJM07, MJM90.
Dr. Julia Winckler’s research interests include co-production of knowledge, Archives, Memory & Migration, Photography and activism. Co-researcher on a SSHR Canada project (2013-2018) for which Julia co-curated exhibitions in Toronto, Brighton and Lisbon.

Eleftherios Zenerian  

Dr 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 was published in the Metal Music Studies journal in  2018 (issue 4.1).

Maria Sourbati 

Dr Maria Sourbati’s research explores social implications of technological change and transformation of the media technologies and services through digitalisation and ageing.

Maria has developed expertise in communications regulation, communication and social policy, new media and older people, digital media, disability, age and ageism. Maria’s current research examines digital data, media technologies and age relations as part of complex sets of relations of power that shape a person’s experience along time and other social markers of difference, including gender, race and class.

Her research has also examined tensions inherent in policy-driven diffusion of digital technologies and locally situated modes of user engagement with ICTs. This strand investigates the politics of the digital switchover and user aspects in the ‘digital by default’ policy agenda from a social inclusion perspective. Maria’s earlier work on historically and technologically situated processes of media regulation has examined public service provision in electronic communications with a focus on diversity, universal access and media literacy.

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