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Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference

Unit(s) of assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference provides a focus for research that theorises and analyses how the representation, practice and experience of difference produce inequality. Research in the Centre explores how such representations, practices and experiences have been contested or reproduced, and how they inform discriminatory practices and policies.

The Centre brings together all the staff and postgraduates researching within the fields of Communication, Culture and Media in the Department of Journalism and Media . It also serves as a home to other researchers in the University whose work focuses on the same areas of concern.

The Centre’s blog, with news of talks and publications, is here.

Research Groups

Gender and Sexuality

Feminism and Postfeminism; Queer Theory and Politics; Transnational Sexuality Studies; Constructing Masculinities; Gender, Journalism and on-line communication

Globalisation, Migration and Diaspora

Global diasporas; Global and transnational communication; Exile, diaspora, memory; Migrant women and empowerment;

Foreign aid and development; Culture and globalisation

Language, Power and Institution

Public and media policy; Democracy and digital cultures; Critical discourse analysis; Public diplomacy and soft power; Language and gender; Language and law; Forensic linguistics; Language, identity, locality; The sociology of journalism

Media and Film Cultures

Media constructions of gender; National and transnational cinema cultures; Cinema, the body and the senses; Film theory; Transnational stardom and celebrity cultures; International cinemas

Philosophy, Culture, and Everyday Life

Food and travel cultures; Visual cultures; Travel cultures; Waste cultures; The philosophy of education; Cultural politics and cultural history; Belief systems; Critical and cultural theory; Bioethics; The philosophy of film

The Centre is always keen to recruit good postgraduate students from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The University offers a number of bursaries every year, and is part of the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, which provides funding for PhD research in the Arts and Humanities.

PhD Studentships

We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships


Alexander, Colin, (2019), Administering Colonialism and War: The Political Life of Sir Andrew Clow of the Indian Civil Service. Oxford and New Delhi: Oxford University Press

Natalie Braber and Jonnie Robinson (2018) East Midlands English. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Coffey-Glover, Laura. (2019) Men in Women’s Worlds: Representations of Men in Women’s Magazines. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lundy, Craig, (2018) Deleuze’s Bergsonism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.