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Our interdisciplinary research across politics, sociology and media looks at the future of democracy and how this relates to the capabilities of media.

The future of democracy is inseparable from the capacities of media - at all scales from the local to the global. Both the sustainability and the expansion of democracy depend on what media institutions do and what spaces media make possible. The complexity of these processes requires interdisciplinary research across politics, sociology and media.

The Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy was set up in September 2007 to address these connections. The Centre brings together researchers from Goldsmiths’ Departments of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Sociology and Politics. It hosts public lectures and debates, research symposia, and seminar series: see Events. It plans to develop inter-disciplinary bids for research funding and welcomes research students from any discipline interested in the Centre’s themes.

The Centre builds on existing research initiatives at Goldsmiths: the Unit for Global Justice, the  (funded by the Leverhulme Foundation), and the Research Unit in Governance and Democracy. Recent ESRC funded research by Centre members (PDF download) has investigated public connection and the construction of self through reality TV formats.

Topics explored since the Centre's inception in 2007 include:

  • Digital media and the renewal of local democracy
  • Democratic theory and the transnational public sphere
  • Global governance, the state and cultural politics
  • Global social movements, advocacy organisations and new media
  • National media and the construction of 'the citizen' and ‘the human’
  • Neoliberal discourse and the public realm
  • Media ethics

The centre is building links with similar initiatives internationally.