Staff research areas
Dr Stephen Baker
Lecturer in Media Studies with an interest in film and television representations of the working class; media representations of Northern Ireland and alternative media. His publications include The Propaganda of Peace: The Media and Conflict transformation in Northern Ireland (Intellect Books, 2010) (with Greg McLaughlin); 'The Alternative Press in Northern Ireland and the Political Process' in Journalism Studies Vol. 6 No. 3, 2005 and 'Vampire Troubles: Loyalism and Resurrection Man' in Barton, Ruth and Harvey O'Brien (eds.) Keeping it Real: Themes and Issues in Irish film and television (London: Wallflower Press, 2004).
Dr Gail Baylis
Lecturer in Media Studies with an interest in photographic history in Ireland and Wales and in issues of gender and visual culture generally. She has written on domestic photography, visual culture in Britain, on photographs of nineteenth-century Welsh women ironworkers and on photography and cultural memory.
Mr Lee Cadieux
Lecturer in Media studies is a filmmaker and animator. His research is focused on new media, the creative industries and emergent technologies in the areas of film, animation, comics and games. He has made a number of documentaries and animation films and has published internationally on the potential of new media to film and animation arts.
Professor Sarah Edge
Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies, with an interest in feminism, the media and identity and photography. She is the author of a number of articles on the representation of gender and national identity in Northern Ireland in film and television as well as articles on contemporary and historical photography. Her research interests include post feminism, feminism and popular culture and early photographic history in Britain and Ireland. She is currently preparing material for publication and related art practice on the photographic collection of Arthur J Munby 1828- 1910.
Lecturer in Interactive Media whose research interests lie in digital media and game play. His research is primarily practice-led and focuses on new and emerging digital media and their dialogues with and use in creating playful narratives. His research gravitates towards a praxis-driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Pervasive and Alternate Reality Gaming. He has recently co-authored the Alternative Reality Game [in]visible Belfast the pervasive game IMAKILLER and is currently working on a number of projects that explore the pedagogic potential of gaming.
Lecturer in Interactive Media Arts and Director of Academic Enterprise for the faculty of Arts. With nearly 10 years experience in the digital media content field, her areas of expertise primarily involve practice-led research into interactive media devices and their associated cultures, for which she has received national and international recognition. Previous projects include: the contextualisation of recent developments in narrative and new media thinking; investigations into hypertext and hyperreading and their implications for digital literacy and knowledge construction in online environments; and exploration of media art practice where interaction is concerned with subjectivity and creativity, visualization and interpretation.
Dr Colm Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Head of School, Media, Film and Journalism. He has a research interest in digital media, journalism, media management and regulation issues. His research interests are in the state's role in the development of digital media industries; management of media companies; the media's use of Freedom of Information legislation and international press freedom issues.
Dr Robert Porter
Lecturer in Media Studies, with an interest in contemporary social, political and cultural theory: aesthetics and politics. He is the author of Ideology: Contemporary Social, Political and Cultural Theory (2006), Deleuze and Guattari: Aesthetics and Politics (2009) and (with Iain Mackenzie); Dramatizing the Political: Deleuze and Guattari (2011). Currently he is co-editing (with Iain Mackenzie and Benoit Dillet) The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (forthcoming, 2012). He has published work in journals and edited collections such as: Contemporary Political Theory (2007), Political Concepts (2005), Social Semiotics (2003), Post- structuralism and Politics (2002), Ideology after Post-structuralism (2002).