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Culture, Media, Space and Place is an inclusive and interdisciplinary research group focused on the intersections of space and place with our understandings of cultures and media, and on the cultural and media industries in general.

Culture, media, space, and place are areas of rich contemporary scholarly concern, and we encourage both inter- and intra-disciplinary engagement within a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines.

The group is open to all established and new researchers from across Solent University, as well as to the ‘research curious’, and supports Solent’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Enabling Plan regarding staff development and knowledge exchange/civic engagement.

Postgraduate opportunities

We encourage and support new MPhil/PhD students in our research specialisms (see below), and are currently accepting self-funded research students. If you would like more information about postgraduate research opportunities, please contact Chris Anderton or Martin James. More information regarding Solent University's research programme can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the group or want to know more, please email Chris Anderton.

Areas of expertise/interest

The key themes of the group will develop over time, and in line with the membership of the group; however, we can initially identify the following:

  • Music business, history, and culture
  • Live music business and festivals
  • City of culture and the future city
  • Urban tourism and spatial planning
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Immersive media
  • Heritage and nostalgia
  • Participatory cultures
  • Popular culture and identity
  • Fan cultures
  • Sport and culture

Aims of the group

The aims of the group are:

  • To celebrate and publicise the research, knowledge exchange, and public engagement activities of group members;
  • To offer peer support, mentoring and advice to individuals and teams regarding their research ideas;
  • To generate and foster collaborative research ideas, questions and opportunities;
  • To support the publication of outputs, and the development of impact case studies;
  • To give support in attracting external partners and funding opportunities;
  • To contribute to postgraduate growth, experience and community;
  • To develop a research culture around the culture and media industries.

Group members

Chris Anderton
Research Group Co-Lead

Martin James
Research Group Co-Lead


Members of the group have published many works in this area:

Recent book publications

Anderton, C., Hannam, J. and Hopkins, J. (2022) Music, Management and Marketing. Sage.

Anderton, C. and James, M. (eds.) (2022) Media Narratives in Popular Music. Bloomsbury.

Anderton, C. and Pisfil, S. (eds.) (2022) Researching Live Music. Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals. Routledge.

Hatton, K., Holmes, K. and Shepherd, P. (2021) “Service users, students and staff – co-producing creative educational activities on a social work programme in the UK.” In K. Driessens and V. Lyssens-Danneboom (eds.), Service Users in Social Work Education, Research and Policy. A Comparative Analysis Throughout Europe. Bristol: The Bristol University Press. 

James, M. (2020) State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass. Velocity Press.

McDonough, B. (2021) Flying Aeroplanes and Other Sociological Tales: An Introduction to Sociology and Research Methods. Routledge.

McKee, C. and Ntokos, K. (2021) “Online microlearning and student engagement in computer games higher education”, Research in Learning Technology, 30. DOI: 10.25304/rlt.v30.2680.

Recent book chapters and journal articles

Amore, A. (2021) “Sustainable tourism, lobbying and public affairs.” In P. Harris et al. (eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan.

Amore, A. and Adie, B.A. (2021) “(Re)igniting tourism in cities after COVID: The same old risks of the "new normal".” In V. Pecorelli (ed.), From Overtourism to Undertourism: any Sustainable Scenarios in the Post Pandemic Time? UNICOPLI, p. 13-31.

Amore, A. and Hall, C.M. (2021) “Elite interview, urban tourism governance and post-disaster recovery: Evidence from post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand”, Current Issues in Tourism. DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2021.1952940.

Amore, A. and Hall, C.M. (2021) “The shock of the new: the rhetoric of new urban tourism in the rebuild of Christchurch, New Zealand.” In C. Ba et al. (eds), The Power of New Urban Tourism: Spaces, Representations and Contestations. Routledge.

Anderton, C. (2022) “Festivals.” In G. Stahl and M. Percival (eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music, Space and Place, pp. 357-367. Bloomsbury.

Anderton, C (2022) ‘Disruption and Continuity: Covid-19, Live Music, and Cyclic Sociality.’ In C. Anderton and S. Pisfil (eds.), Researching Live Music. Gigs, Concerts, Tours and Festivals, pp. 68-83. Routledge.

Anderton, C. (2022) ‘“Exiles in Madison Square Garden”: Critical Reception and Journalistic Narratives of Progressive Rock in Melody Maker Magazine, 1971–1976.’ In C. Anderton and M. James (eds), Media Narratives in Popular Music, pp. 91-108. Bloomsbury.

Anderton, C. (2021) ‘Music festivals and capitalism.’ In S. Kruger Bridge (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music. Oxford University Press.

Hannam, J. and Gable, O. (2021) “Lifeblood: Funding popular music education in Wales”, Journal of Popular Music Education. 5(1): 17-37.

Hatton, K., Galley, D., Tucker, G., Veale, F., and Bright, C., (2021). “Creativity and care in times of crisis: an analysis of the challenges of the COVID-19 virus experienced by social work students in practice placement”, Social Work Education, DOI:10.1080/02615479.2021.1960306  

Hopkins, J. (2022) ““There’s A Crack In The Union Jack” - Questioning National Identity in the 1990s: The Britpop Counter-Narrative.” In C. Anderton and M. James (eds), Media Narratives in Popular Music, pp. 141-160. Bloomsbury.

James, M. (2022) ““Who Controls the Present Controls the Past. Who Controls the Past Controls the Future”: Washing Islam from the Media Narratives of Hip-Hop.” In C. Anderton and M. James (eds), Media Narratives in Popular Music, pp. 71-87. Bloomsbury.

James, M. and Hopkins, J. (2022) “‘I’ll be Your Mirror’: Velvet Underground as the legacy of Ziggy Stardust.” In S. Albiez and D. Pattie (eds.) The Velvet Underground: What Goes On? Bloomsbury.

James, M. and Hopkins, J. (2022) “The Velvet Underground and the Networks of Sound, Vision and Words of the Fertile Transatlantic Crescent 1965 – 1967.” In S. Albiez and D. Pattie (eds.) The Velvet Underground: What Goes On? Bloomsbury.

McDonough, B. (2021) “Precarious work, the new 'gig economy' and unemployment.” In Stuart Isaacs (ed.), Social Problems in the UK. Routledge.

Turner, M. (2021) “The Safe Standing movement: vectors in the post-Hillsborough timescape of English football”, Sociological Review 69(2): 348-364.

Turner, M. (2021) “The Safe Standing movement in English football: Mobilizing across the political and discursive fields of contention”, Current Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/00113921211017624.

Turner, M. (2021) “'We are the vocal minority': The Safe Standing movement and breaking down the state in English football”, International Review for the Sociology of Sport 56(7): 962-980.

Webber, D. (2021) “Towards an ‘everyday’ cultural political economy of English football: Conceptualising the futures of Wembley Stadium and the grassroots game”, New Political Economy 27(1): 47-61.

White, R. (2021) “Tito Caula’s photographic imaginary and mid-century Caraqueño modernity”, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 8(1): 57-79.


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