Professor of Journalism and Communication, Cardiff University

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He has published widely in journalism, media and cultural studies. He has authored seven books, the most recent of which is "Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis" (Polity Press, 2013). He has edited 10 others, including The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (Routledge, 2012). His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and contributions to edited collections. He is a founding co-editor of the online journal Journalism Education (published by the Association for Journalism Education), and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Digital Journalism; New Media & Society; Media, War & Conflict; Communication, Culture & Critique, Text & Talk, Environmental Communication; and Time & Society.

Stuart’s current research examines the forging of new relationships between professional and citizen journalists where the news coverage of war, conflict and crisis is concerned, with a particular interest in news images. He also has a longstanding interest in science journalism, including with respect to the reporting of nanotechnology and, more recently, its transition to digital environments.

Further research interests include journalism and human rights, media history, photojournalism, and young people’s civic engagement with digital media. Funding for his research has been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), SSHRC, Swedish Research Council, amongst others.

Stuart’s teaching focuses on journalism studies, with a particular interest in the ways in which journalism is evolving online in relation to emergent innovations in digital technologies. His teaching often draws on historical perspectives, and is informed by real-world concerns with social issues. He supervises PhD students and welcomes inquiries from future doctoral students, especially in the areas signalled in his research interests noted above.


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    Professor of Journalism, Cardiff University