John is Professor in media politics and has worked in higher education for 30 years. His background is as a sociologist and educational technologist and his teaching experience covers, in particular, learning theories, technology-based education and the critical analysis of socio-economic change.
Currently he leads and teaches a module entitled Global Cultural Industries which aims to introduce students to the complexity, uncertainty and contingency of the social, cultural and economic change which is commonly labelled "globalised". John also supervises PhD and honours dissertation students on topics ranging from disability in the media to the effects of televised wrestling.
John’s research experience concentrates on news media with particular emphasis on conflict, democracy, citizenship and disability. His research writing has been published in a wide range of high-status journals, paper-based and online, including the European Journal of Communications and Learning, Media and Technology. His research findings have been used to inform University-wide developments and have been the focus of news reporting.