Communication and media research at Loughborough has a long tradition dating back to the 1980s, and has been widely recognised as world-leading (QS World University Rankings 2022).

The distinctive characteristic of our work is its interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional approach to communication. Our research addresses the role of media and communication in critical challenges faced by societies, and ranges from the analysis of the micro-dynamics of interpersonal interaction to the study of the macro-dynamics of mass mediated communication and culture.

Communication and media research at Loughborough benefits from significant institutional support and is recognised as one of the core areas of research excellence, supported through the Communication and Culture Beacon. Our research has attracted a large amount of funding from both UK and international funding agencies and our staff are regularly invited to give keynote lectures, participate in international conferences, and lead and contribute to international research networks. They are at the forefront of methodological innovation and are seen as making a significant contribution to the study of communication and culture globally. Our research is organised around the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, and concerns several broad, interdisciplinary research themes:  Culture, Economy and Policy; Interaction and Discourse; Media, Memory and History; Political Communication; Nations and Migration. We also work closely with sociology colleagues, who share our interests in issues of cultural consumption and inequality, cultural identities, and health communication, as well as with our colleagues in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University’s London Campus.

Read more about research in Communication and Media here, or visit the School website to learn more about wider research activity across the eight School of Social Sciences and Humanities research themes:

100% of research impact rated ‘world-leading’

(Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Research infrastructure