From Cultural Studies to Impact Factor: Media and Communication Research in the United Kingdom

  • Caitriona NoonanEmail author
  • Christine Lohmeier
Part of the Medien • Kultur • Kommunikation book series (MKK)


Dieses Kapitel analysiert die Entwicklung der Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft im Vereinigten Königreich. Im ersten Teil werden Hauptmerkmale der historischen Entwicklung der Kommunikationswissenschaft auf der Insel herausgearbeitet. Im folgenden Abschnitt wird die Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft in die stark neoliberal geprägte britische Wissenschaftslandschaft eingeordnet. Der politische Fokus auf Impactfaktoren und spezifische Evaluierungsformen wissenschaftlichen Erfolgs werden ebenfalls diskutiert. Der sogenannte „practice turn“ dient als Beispiel für die direkte Einflussnahme politischer Entscheidungen auf das Forschungsfeld. Die Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft im Vereinigten Königreich beschäftigte sich in ihren Anfängen mit wichtigen gesellschaftlichen Fragen. Die Veränderungen in der Hochschulpolitik der letzten Jahre erschweren es ForscherInnen mehr und mehr, innovative Projekte außerhalb der vorgegebenen Bahnen durchzuführen.


This chapter addresses the development of media studies in the United Kingdom. While it is acknowledged that the UK is home to a highly diversified higher education landscape, some key markers in the historical development of media studies in the UK are highlighted in the first section of the chapter. The following section situates the field of media studies in the wider UK knowledge economy. The policy strategy dominant in the UK formed the basis of the rise of impact factors and certain forms of research assessment which are discussed in detail thereafter. The ‘practice turn’ is one example of how policies for research assessment has had a direct impact on the field of media studies and its institutions. In concluding we argue that media and communication studies started out by asking “big” societal questions. Recent developments in UK higher education policies are making it more and more challenging to create projects outside of the now common frame of assessment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.ZeMKIBremenDeutschland

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