Birmingham City University

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) was established in 2009 by Birmingham City University (BCU) to develop excellent research as a core activity within the Birmingham School of Media, a part of the Faculty of Art, Design and Media.

Activity in the BCMCR is based around the collaborative work of four research teams: Popular Music Studies; Cultural Ecologies; History, Heritage and Archives, Cult, Gender and Sexuality and Journalism, Activism and Community. We aim to produce distinctive, collaborative work within the field of media and cultural research. Individual researchers who study hyperlocal media, creative industries, radio, music and interactive media, media and cultural history, screen media, journalism and media activism explore questions related to three principal themes: cultural practice and identity; technology and change; production, regulation and enterprise.

BCMCR researchers employ a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies with an emergent skill in big data analysis.

BCMCR’s role in smARTplaces is to provide research and evaluation of the project.