Institute for Media and Creative Industries
The Institute for Media and Creative Industries (IMCI) at Loughborough University London focuses particularly on the shifting dynamics between communication, culture and power in the organisation of the creative and cultural industries. This includes legacy mass media and newer digital and social media systems and includes arts and heritage sectors. Its research interests span everyday communication, media and cultural practices; media, communication and identities; and, media and communication for social change.
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Since 2019, the IMCI has held a series of activities gathering scholars from different regions of the world about the legacy of Paulo Freire in the field of participatory communication and civil society development. Recently, some of its scholars have published two special issues coming from a previous cycle of debates around this subject. You can see them here and here.
Ana Cristina Suzina
Dr Ana Cristina Suzina is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. Her research deals with youth appropriation of media and generational factors over the development of views of development, political imagination and political voice. Her research interests include social change, power asymmetries, media appropriation, participation in democracy, civil society development, grassroots communication, particularly focused in Latin American societies. Dr. Suzina is the editor of the book The Evolution of Popular Communication in Latin America (Palgrave, 2021).
Professor Thomas Tufte is Director of Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, and Extraordinary Professor at University of The Free State, South Africa. He is member of Academia Europaea. Tufte has throughout his career worked extensively on the role of communication in articulating citizen engagement and social change, mainly as a researcher, but also as a consultant to international development agencies as UNICEF, World Bank, USAID and Danida, and as practitioner, having worked for NGOs like Danchurchaid, ADRA and Femina HIP, and in UNDP in Paraguay. He has worked, lectured and researched in over 30 countries across mainly Latin America, Africa and Europa. His most recent books include Voice and Matter – Communication, Development and the Cultural Return, co-edited with Oscar Hemer (Nordicom, 2016) Communication and Social Change – a Citizen Perspective (Polity Press, 2017), and Communicating for Change – Concepts to think with, co-edited with Jo Tacchi (Palgrave, 2020).