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Research for the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies is led by Associate Professor Darren Kerr.

The Faculty is home to a range of creative, critical, and cultural research informed by world-leading specialisms that create real change in society, industry and the arts. We are guided by the needs of our region and the real-world problems we face, delivering solutions and new knowledge to make a difference where it matters and when it matters. Our researchers have an impressive track record of publications with notable contributions to the Research Excellence Framework that are world leading and internationally excellent in their field.

From research-informed entrepreneurial business partnerships to advancing new technologies alongside a long history of researching the creative and cultural industries, the Faculty brings together a variety of specialists that drive our cross-University research groups. These are:

  • Culture, Media, Space and Place led by Associate Professor Chris Anderton and Professor Martin James
  • Regenerative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship led by Associate Professor Whysnianti Basuki, and Dr Paul Summers
  • Contemporary Screen Studies led by Dr Terence McSweeney and Dr Stuart Joy
  • The Solent Computing Research Group led by Associate Professor Shakeel Ahmad and Associate Professor Kalin Penev

The Faculty Lead for Research is Associate Professor Darren Kerr who is responsible for delivering a supportive research strategy through the Faculty Research Enhancement Programme that is aligned to the University’s ambitious Research and Knowledge Exchange Enabling Strategy 2025. The aim of the faculty plan is to foster and sustain a collaborative research culture and community focussed on regional, national and international opportunities.

Darren’s own research, publications and impact case studies have contributed to REF 2014 and REF 2021. His work focusses on sexual cultures and the screen. He co-leads a British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies scholarly interest group Screening Sex and is on the editorial board for Routledge’s Porn Studies journal. Darren is also co-director of, a public-facing academic blog with an international network that publishes short research articles, opinion pieces, interviews and book reviews. His publications have explored sex and cultural sensibility, the politics of pornography as well as film culture and abuse narratives. He is also editor for the Screening Sex book series for Edinburgh University Press.

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