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Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Humanities and Creative Industries, University of East London

Andrew Calcutt has published widely on politics, culture and the press. He takes a keen interest in the future of journalism and its contribution to society in these financial times.

Since graduating 40 years ago, he has been a record producer (praised by radio DJs John Peel and Charlie Gillett), magazine journalist (his byline appeared in Arena, Blueprint, Living Marxism and The Modern Review, to name but a few), broadcaster (from BBC Radio Four's Moral Maze to Channel 4's Zeitgeist), digital pioneer (commissioning editor for Channel Cyberia and award-winning Cscape), and prolific author of a host of books on culture and society, including Fictitious Capital: London After recession, White Noise, Cult Fiction, BritCult, and his own 'cult classic' from the 1990s, Arrested Development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood, which has just been reissued by Bloomsbury.

Andrew teaches at all levels of UEL's BA Journalism programme. He edits Rising East, the news-led regional website staffed by UEL students; and convenes Proof: reading journalism and society, a discussion forum on the future of journalism for students, academic staff and professional journalists.

His research interests include the regeneration of East London and the remaking of journalism.

Twenty years ago he coined the term 'hackademic' to describe his own transition from journalism to academia.


  • 1998–present
    Principal Lecturer, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London


  • 2005 
    University of East London, PhD/Cultural Studies


  • 2014
    Topia, London and the Financial Imagination
  • 2012
    Fictitious Capital? London After Recession,
  • 2011
    Journalism Studies: a critical introduction,
  • 1998
    Arrested Development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood,

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Journalism Education and Training