RSN Steering Group

Profiles of the members of the Steering Group of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network, as of February 2018.

41034B44-4662-4397-B408-6DA59FB369B5Jo Coleman (Chair)

Birkbeck College, London

Jo is a doctoral student and associate tutor in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, London. She is conducting practice-based research into programming practices in local community radio.

Her first degree was in Geography from Cambridge University. Her professional career in radio began in the late 1980’s as marketing and public relations executive for the Chiltern Radio network and later with Jazz FM in London. More recently she freelanced as a broadcast news journalist and presenter on BBC local radio.

Having trained and volunteered in production and presenting at a public access/community cable television and radio station in Northern Virginia, Jo continues to volunteer in community media in the UK, and is currently a member of the Community Media Association. Jo has also served for many years as chairman and membership secretary for community arts groups and has even been known to tread the boards.

Helen Gubbins Helen Gubbins (Deputy Chair)

University of Sheffield

Helen Gubbins is a doctoral researcher interested in the historical mediation of music on the radio and its cultural context. Her research is funded by the University of Sheffield Doctoral Academy Scholarship and a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship, and focuses on music in Irish public radio in the late twentieth century. Her previous research activity has been funded by Berea College, Kentucky, and the Arts Council of Ireland. She worked as a part-time lecturer in music in University College Cork from 2006-11 and tutored in University College Dublin 2015-16.

Helen is also an accomplished musician and teacher, and she performs and records internationally. She presented and produced radio programmes on Cork Campus Radio for two years, winning an award for her contribution to Irish-language programming. She has published in British Postgraduate Musicology Online and Ethnomusicology Ireland. She is a previous member of the editorial board for the journal Track Changes and a previous council member of the International Council for Traditional Music (Ireland).

Portia Ellis-WoodsDr Portia Ellis-Woods (Social Media and Marketing Officer)

Queen’s University, Belfast

Dr Portia Ellis-Woods has recently completed her PhD in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her AHRC funded PhD collaborated with BBC NI to analyse the Radio Sound Archive held in Cultra, Northern Ireland. Predominately her thesis concentrated on the development of radio drama and features programming of early BBC NI from 1924 until 1956. Through critical examination of BBC NI’s early radio output the PhD locates an earlier response to how they dealt with the complexities of broadcasting in a location where national and cultural identity are contentious.

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2E2FDC82-F78F-45C9-9B48-F4E4AE7CB72BGurvinder Aujla-Sidhu


Gurvinder is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, specialising in the teaching of broadcast journalism at DMU. She teaches on a number of modules at undergraduate level for Journalism and Media studies students. Prior to working in higher education, Gurvinder spent more than ten years working as a broadcast journalist. She joined the BBC as a journalist/producer at the BBC Asian Network, before working for Radio 1 Newsbeat and the Radio 4 You and Yours programme. Gurvinder’s time at the BBC Asian Network in particular, promoted her research interests. She is currently studying for her PhD, examining how Public Service Broadcasting engages with ethnic minority audiences.

61E8C1E3-7169-4DD8-A745-A5269F228A4ERichard Berry

University of Sunderland

Richard is Senior Lecturer in Radio and Station Manager of Spark FM at the School of Media and Communications, University of Sunderland.  He specialises in radio production and his research interests are: programming techniques in commercial radio; studio and broadcast technology; regulation and new developments in broadcasting, radio formats and programming.

His published work includes: ‘Part of the Establishment: Reflecting on 10 years of podcasting as an audio medium’, in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 22(6), 2016; and ‘The future of radio is the internet, not on the internet’ in M. Oliveira, G. Stachyra and G. Starkey (eds), Radio: The Resilient Medium 2014 (Sunderland: Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies)

In 2014 he was elected member of the Community Media Association Council, and since 2013 has been a regional Committee member with the Radio Academy.

BC259FF5-66A4-461E-AC68-468135694E7FDr Janey Gordon

University of Bedfordshire

Janey is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, specialising in Radio. She is the founder of the University’s community radio station RadioLaB 97.1 FM. 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 and contributed to a number of books and publications, including How community broadcasting is funded ( 2016, 3CMedia) , Br(e)aking the News: Journalism, Politics and New Media (2013, with Rowinski and Stewart) and Community Radio in the Twenty First Century (2012) , both published by Peter Lang. She is also a member of the MeCCSA executive.

6BF6269F-4AEF-4B5F-8A2D-31379DE7A7D0Dr Emma Heywood

University of Sheffield

Emma is a lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Public Communication at the University of Sheffield and her teaching interests lie in the areas of international political communication and global journalism. She is currently completing a British Academy-funded project investigating the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones involving extensive field research in the West Bank. She will then be moving on to an impact assessment of Studio Kalangou in Niger, focusing on women and empowerment.

Her book, European Foreign Conflict Reporting: A comparative analysis of public news providers (Routledge, 2017; War, Media and Security series) examines Russian, French and UK coverage of the Israel/Palestinian conflict in the post-Cold war and 9/11 era.

Matthew LinfootDr Matthew Linfoot

University of Westminster

Matthew is Principal Lecturer and Course Leader in Radio & Digital Production at the University of Westminster and is the Harrow Campus Rep for the Westminster LGBT Staff Network. Before joining the University in 2003, he worked at the BBC in a variety of roles including presenter and producer of a weekly magazine programme at BBC GLR 94.9, as well as producing a sixteen-part series of oral history programmes about London, The Century Speaks.

He has won a SONY Gold Award (Best Music Documentary) for producing & co-writing You’ve Got To Hide Away, with Tom Robinson, which explored hidden gay sexuality in popular music. Latterly, he was the editor of the BBC London website before moving to BBC Nations & Regions to work on two major and exciting projects, A Sense of Place and Voices as a senior producer.

Matthew’s research interests include BBC Local Radio history and LGBTQ radio. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been an external examiner at Anglia Ruskin University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Bournemouth University; University of Northampton; UAL: London College of Communication.  He has served as a judge for the Radio Production Awards and the Gillards (BBC Local Radio).

E8A24F72-76B5-4D94-BB35-AD190F3194A0Dr Caroline Mitchell

University of Sunderland

Caroline is Senior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland. She has been involved in community media production, activism and research for over 30 years. She was co-founder of Fem FM, the first women’s radio station in the UK (1992) and co-curated a digital archive of the station in 2014 She has published widely about women and radio, including Women and Radio: Airing Differences, (Routledge, 2000).

From 2013-2016 she was PI for ´Transnational Radio Encounters´ investigating ways that community stations use radio to connect transnationally with similar minority ethnic, social and cultural groups  She was part of the team that developed  She is a member of Women´s Radio in Europe Network (WREN) and is on the International Advisory Board for The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. For more about publication and projects see:

Pam MyersPam Myers

The University of West London

Pam Myers is producer/director at Rorschach Ltd, working with some of the UK’s biggest advertisers as a specialist in voice casting and brand audio production for all platforms. Rorschach is active in many industry bodies, including Radiocentre, The Radio Academy and The Creative Industries Federation (for whom Pam sits on the Brexit Working Group).

Pam has been on the radio jury of many prestigious radio awards, most recently the Cannes Lions Festival in 2016.  As an academic practitioner and Fellow of the HEA, Pam lectures regularly at The University of West London on a wide range of courses including Media Production, Broadcast Journalism, Creative Enterprise and The Voice In Performance.

Pam is a PhD candidate at The University of West London, her research project titled ‘Casting voices, making choices: the relationship between creativity, business practice and voice performance in UK radio commercials from 2000’ is an ethnographical enquiry which sits at the intersection of radio, advertising, creative and voice studies. Recent publications include pieces for The Conversation on brand audio, and articles in New Vistas Journal (UWL).

553C41A5-514B-4D76-98DC-169293967C92Dr Salvatore Scifo

Bournemouth University

Salvatore is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Social Media at the School of Journalism, English and Communication, Faculty of Media and Communication, at Bournemouth University since January 2016. Prior that he has worked in Istanbul and in London (London Metropolitan University and University of Westminster, 2005/2007).

In March 2012, he completed his doctoral research on “The origins and development of Community Radio in Britain under New Labour (1997 -2007)” at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster. He has published on European Community Media Policy, Student Media and British Community Radio. On the latter, he has been an invited speaker to conferences in Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland.

He is a former member of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Executive Board (2005-2008), of the MeCCSA Executive Board (2008-2010) as well as former Chair of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network (2012-2013).  Among others, he is an International Editorial Board member of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (JRAM), as well as of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media.  After having been the Secretary from 2007 to 2011, he was also a Vice-President of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) (2011-2013), where is currently part of the Experts Group.

Deborah Wilson DavidDeborah Wilson David

University of Lincoln

Deborah Wilson David is the Deputy Head, and Director of Teaching and Learning, of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln.  There she teaches theory and practice modules in broadcasting and journalism, with research interests in BBC local radio, media coverage of the EU and transatlantic influences in broadcast journalism.

Formerly with the BBC, Deborah still produces factual radio, winning four RTDNA (International) awards in the last five years. Deborah is an external examiner at institutions across the UK, a national judge for the Radio Academy, and is currently the Vice President of the European Journalism Training Association.

A loyal member of the Radio Studies Network since it was formed 20 years ago, Deborah has served on its Steering Committee for more than half of that time.


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