Dr Clea Bourne

Clea’s main research interest is in financial markets and how they are mediated in global and local discourses.

Staff details

Dr Clea Bourne


Senior Lecturer, convenor of the MA in Promotional Media: Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


c.bourne (@gold.ac.uk)



I am the convenor of the MA Promotional Media: Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing. I also convene the Heretical Finance Reading Group, which meets first Mondays of the month at Goldsmiths’ Political Economy Research Centre.

Publications and research outputs


Bourne, Clea D.. 2022. Public Relations and the Digital: Professional Discourse and Change. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783031139550

Bourne, Clea D.. 2016. Trust, Power and Public Relations in Financial Markets. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780415719216

Edited Book

Gilbert, Paul Robert; Bourne, Clea D.; Haiven, Max and Montgomerie, Johnna, eds. 2023. The entangled legacies of empire: Race, finance and inequality. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526163448

Edited Journal

Bourne, Clea D.; Haiven, Max; Montgomerie, Johnna and Gilbert, Paul Robert, eds. 2024. Financial Capital and Ghosts of Empire: Editorial, Journal of Cultural Economy, . 1753-0350

Book Section

Bourne, Clea D.. 2023. AI Hype: Public Relations and AI's doomsday machine. In: Ana Adi, ed. Artificial Intelligence in Public Relations and Communications: Cases, reflections and predictions. Berlin: Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, pp. 39-50. ISBN 9783942263627

Bourne, Clea D.. 2022. Our Platformised Future. In: Joanna Zylinska, ed. The Future of Media. London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 99-110. ISBN 9781913380144

Bourne, Clea D. and Edwards, Lee. 2021. Critical Reflections on the Field. In: Chiara Valentini, ed. Public Relations. 27 Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 601-614. ISBN 9783110552294


Bourne, Clea D.; Mumby, Dennis; Munshi, Debashish; Das, Arindam; Chaudhuri, Himadri Roy and Edwards, Lee. 2023. Narrating the anxious market: in search of alternatives during global crises. Consumption Markets & Culture, 26(3), pp. 233-244. ISSN 1025-3866

Bourne, Clea D.. 2020. Fintech’s transparency-publicity nexus: Value co-creation through transparency discourses in business-to-business digital marketing. American Behavioural Scientist, 64(11), pp. 1607-1626. ISSN ‎0002-7642

Bourne, Clea D.. 2019. The Public Relations Profession as Discursive Boundary Work. Public Relations Review, 45(5), 101789. ISSN 0363-8111

Research Interests

My broad research interests lie in the different ways that 21st century economies are strategically communicated and mediatised through various actors, practices and discourses. This research interest has translated into the following themes:

  • Naturalising Artificial Intelligence in everyday life: Situating Artificial Intelligence as a ‘re-boot’ to neoliberal narratives, naturalised as ‘common sense’ through visuals and texts.
  • Communicating Trust in Financial Markets: Locating wholesale, retail and state financial markets in the context of globalisation and critical discourse. 
  • Promotional professions as discursive boundary work: Applying sociological approaches to explore professional identity and boundary work at the intersection of the PR, Advertising and Marketing professions.

Areas of supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral work which explores strategic efforts to communicate economic, financial and market developments. I am also interested in supervising research exploring the effect of media convergence and digital technologies on the PR, advertising and marketing sectors.