Research in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications

The Department of Languages, Information and Communications is made up of a vibrant community of researchers, representative of six key areas: Cultural Studies, Information and Communications (iSchool), Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, and Media Studies.

Particular research strengths within these areas include:

Researchers representative of these areas were included by Manchester Met in three of the REF 2014 Units of Assessment (UoAs):

All UoAs produced excellent performances, with English Language and Literature achieving Manchester Met’s highest individual points rating.

Staff in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Our staff are cited as being amongst the leading authorities in their respective fields. They undertake innovative and valuabel research across a wide range of disciplines, and hold key roles in specialist centres within and beyond Manchester Met. For example:

Funded research projects currently being undertaken within the Department include:

Previous projects of note include: 

Our staff engage in consultancy, act as reviewers for funding bodies and journals, and are editors for specialist journals. They are regularly invited to attend (inter)national conferences as keynote speakers, and to teach abroad. Recent and upcoming speaking engagements include:

Our staff are actively involved in public engagement activities. They include Manchester Met’s highly successful Humanities in Public programme. Recent events include:

Our staff regularly publish their academic work in the form of journal articles and books. Please see individual staff pages for details. Recent publications include work by Dawn Archer, Khawla Badwan, John BellamyDerek BousfieldStella BulloErin CarrieNicoletta DiCiolla, Phung DaoRob DrummondAdi KuntsmanSamuel Larner, Marijana MacisKarl McLaughlinEsperanza MiyakeBeate PeterMathew Screech, and Isabelle Vanderschelden

See all our staff profiles


Several of our staff are regularly called upon to take offer expert views on stories or issues in the media. Recent highlights include:

LIC staff have written numerous articles for The Conversation or other National and International Newspapers. Recent stories include:

Conferences and symposiums

The Department’s thriving research culture is further evidenced by the conferences and symposiums held here, at Manchester Met. Our staff organise these events for their research peers, for postgraduate students, for professional organisations, and for the general public. Recent events include:

Professional development opportunities

Staff also offer specialist professional development opportunities (CPDs) based on their research specialisms. They include:

PhD opportunities

Our staff are always keen to discuss ideas for potential PhD projects. Please browse the departmental staff web pages for details of specific areas of interest. From time to time we have specific projects starting.

View our Scholarships

For further information on Research (more generally) in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications contact Prof. Dawn Archer.

For further information on Research Degrees contact Deborah Brown, Faculty Research Degrees Administrator.