The Media For Social Change team brings together academics from the Birmingham Centre For Media and Cultural Research who are actively involved in research into the role of media in building communities, supporting development or bringing about political change. Our work includes studies of community radio, social media activism, hyperlocal media and the role of media in projects in developing nations. Researchers involved in work in this area usually have strong backgrounds as activists themselves. Our current projects include work in the Arab region on citizen journalism, on Hyper-local media in Britain and as part of a larger project on rethinking humanitarianism in a globalised digital age. We have a number of doctoral students pursuing a range of research degrees in this area. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring that our research actually contributes to social change and we work with local partners who are themselves active in using the media for social change whenever possible.
Media For Social Change for is one of several research teams within the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. The others include Interactive Cultures, Screen Cultures, Media for Social Change and, Creative Enterprise and Cultural Policy.