RSN Steering Group

Profiles of the members of the Steering Group of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network.

Eleanor Shember-Critchley

Eleanor Shember-CritchleyRadio Studies Network Chair

Dr Eleanor Shember-Critchley is Lecturer in Digital Media and Web Development at the Department of Languages, Information and Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She recently completed her PhD entitled Ethnic Minority Radio: Interactions and Identity. This examined ethnic minority radio stations from across the UK, from public to illegal broadcasters. She worked with the staff and DJs to understand how identity and ethnicity were mediated as part of everyday life within each station and its community. Her research interests revolve around radio, its communities, audiences, identity and developing research methodologies for practitioners.


Janey Gordon

Janey Gordon Dr Janey Gordon is a Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Communications, University of Bedfordshire, specialising in Radio. She is the project co-ordinator for the University’s community radio station RadioLaB 97.1fm. She teaches radio broadcasting and her research interests and publications are in the areas of community radio, mobile phones and media pedagogy.

She has a background as a professional radio broadcaster and started in radio as a BBC studio manager before going on to produce in schools radio and then into BBC local radio.

Janey has edited two books, both published by Peter Lang Ltd, Oxford. “Community Radio in the Twenty First Century” (2012) brings together a group of current international community radio practitioners and activists. “Notions of Community, A Collection of Community Media Debates and Dilemmas” (2010), draws together the converging technologies of community media.


Stephen Lax

Stephen Lax

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Communications Technology at the Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds

His research interests are in the implications of new communications technologies and the relationships between technological changes and social factors, in particular the role of media and technology policy. He has studied the emergence of digital broadcasting, including new radio technologies, and is a member of Drace, the Digital Radio Cultures in Europe research group.

He is also on the editorial board of two journals, the Journal of Radio and Audio Media and the International Journal of Digital Television.


Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Peter Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Community Media in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, and Visiting Professor in Radio at the University of Sunderland.

He has been involved in several EU projects and is currently a member of the evaluation team for COMAPP, a community media training project funded under the EU’s Lifelong Learning programme. COMAPP is a successor to Crosstalk and earlier projects, discussed in From the Margins to the Cutting Edge Community Media and Empowerment (Hampton Press, 2006), co-authored with Susan Jones.

He is a member of the International Editorial Board of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media (Intellect Books) and the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) Expert Group.

With Jerry Booth, he wrote The Invisible Medium: Public, Commercial and Community Radio (Macmillan 1989). His Council of Europe report, Promoting Social Cohesion: the role of community mediacan be accessed at the Council of Europe website.


Katy McDonald

Katy is a Lecturer in Radio at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, where she teaches Radio Production and Broadcast Journalism.


Katie Moylan

Katie Moylan

Katie Moylan is based at the Department of Media and Communicaton at the University of Leicester. Prior to that, she lectured in media studies at the University of Ireland – Maynooth, teaching modules on globalisation, media and critical theory and media policy. She has previously worked as a features journalist and arts and film reviewer across Irish print and broadcast media before completing her PhD in 2009.

Her doctoral thesis, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, examined radio programming produced by and about new Irish migrant communities, incorporating analyses of programme content, institutional production practice and broadcasting policy in relation to Irish national public service broadcasting (Radio Telefís Éireann) and community radio. Within a national and cultural context posited as historically homogenous, the study set out to address questions of how new migrants are represented in Irish radio and how radio in particular can facilitate migrant community participation. She is currently revising this research for forthcoming publication under contract with Intellect Books.

She maintains a research interest in the representation and negotiation of ‘diversity’ and discourses of difference in radio and television. In particular, she hopes to develop a comparative dimension of my radio research for future analysis of the representation and participation of new migrant and ethnically-defined communities in local and national broadcasting.


Eryl Price-Davies

Eryl Price-DaviesEryl Price-Davies manages the Radio Studies list (with Richard Berry), a lively forum for teachers, researchers and broadcasters active since 1998, including members from all over the world with an interest in radio studies. His research interests include community radio in a global context, and the teaching and learning of radio studies.

Guy Starkey

Guy StarkeyGuy Starkey is Professor of Radio and Journalism at the University of Sunderland. His professional background is in radio presentation and the production of magazine and sequence programmes. His publications include: Radio in Context (2004) London: Palgrave; Balance and Bias in Journalism: Representation, Regulation & Democracy (2007) London: Palgrave and Radio Journalism (with Professor Andrew Crisell, 2009) London: Sage.

Guy is Head of the Media Department at Sunderland and Chair of the Radio Research Section of the European Communications Research and Education Association, (ECREA).


Jo Tyler

Jo is a Lecturer in Radio Production at Bournemouth University.

Deborah Wilson

Deborah Wilson

Deborah leads the BJTC accredited BA programme in Journalism at the University of Lincoln (UK) and is a principal lecturer in radio and broadcast journalism. As a former fulltime broadcaster and journalist for more than 25 years Deborah has worked mainly for the BBC, and still freelances occasionally for the Corporation, but now also enjoys producing features for the European Radio Network and Siren FM, the community radio station based at the University of Lincoln.

Teaching a wide range of practical and theory based modules in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes has led to an equally wide ranging portfolio of research interests; including international broadcasting, the history of broadcast journalism, the development and management of community radio and more recently on local and hyperlocal media.

Deborah serves on the Radio Academy’s East Midlands branch committee as well as the RSN steering group. She is a judge for the Academy’s Radio Production Awards and the East Midlands Nations and Regions Awards. She has wide experience as an external examiner in radio and broadcast journalism at a range of institutions and currently is Research Chair for the International Division of the Broadcast Education Association (US) as well as representing international members on the BEA’s Board of Directors.


Helen Wolfenden

Helen Wolfenden is a lecturer in radio at the University of the West of Scotland. Helen has spent most of her professional life as a broadcaster working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation in presentation, production, management and research positions. Helen’s research is focused on radio and identity, particularly within a public broadcasting context. She is interested in how broadcasters create an on-air identity and how the presenter’s relational self is constituted through personal boundaries, working practices, audiences and institutional processes.

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