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Dr Laura Clancy

Lecturer in Media

Laura Clancy

Bowland North



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11am-12pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays, online via Teams. Book an appointment here.


Research overview

I am a Lecturer in Media in the Sociology department. My research focuses on issues of inequality, particularly 'the elites' and monarchy. I consider how inequalities are represented in media culture, and the systemic relations between media culture and political and economic formations of inequality. My monograph, Running the Family Firm: how the royal family manages its image and our money is published with Manchester University Press. This analyses the contemporary British monarchy (1953-present) in order to understand its economic, political, social and cultural functions. Although the monarchy is usually positioned as a backward-looking, archaic institution and an irrelevant anachronism to corporate forms of wealth and power, the relationship between monarchy and capitalism is as old as capitalism itself. This book frames the monarchy as the gold standard corporation: The Firm. Using a set of case studies - the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle - it contends that The Firm's power is disguised through careful stage management of media representations of the royal family. The book was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best sole, first-authored book. 



Current Research

1)  The role of Royal Correspondents in British media culture, and the processes and systems of royal news production. This is based on interviews with Royal Correspondents, and seeks to understand how royal news is produced, and what this means in terms of media, power and ideology. This was funded by an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

2) I am co-investigator on Cultures of Digital Hate, funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation and The Sociological Review, with Dr. Hannah Yelin (Oxford Brookes University). This seeks to understand whether academics experience pressure to maintain a public profile through social media/traditional media (e.g. television, radio, press), and whether this exposes them to cultures of digital hatred. Given research which shows that digital abuse commonly targets groups that are already marginalised, we are investigating how cultures of digital hate make it more difficult for certain individuals to participate in public academia.

Professional Role

I am the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, and MA Lead for the Gender Studies programmes.

Research Grants

In 2022 I have received funding from the Independent Social Research Foundation and The Sociological Review for the project 'Cultures of Digital Hate'

In 2019-2020 I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, ES/T006064/1, ‘The Cultural Politics of the British Monarchy: Inequalities, Neoliberalism and the Elites’

My PhD was joint-funded by the AHRC and the ESRC.

Additional Information

I am happy to supervise PhD students on topics of:

  • Monarchy
  • 'The elites' and inequality
  • Social class and inequality
  • Representation & popular culture
  • Gender and feminist theory

Current Teaching

Convenor, SOCL913 Gender, Sex and Bodies

Convenor, MCS.200 Key Perspectives on Media and Culture

Convenor, MCS222 Transcultural Media Studies

Lectures, MCS.101 Transformations: From Mass Media to Social Media

Lectures, GWS.101 Gender and Women's Studies: Identities, Inequalities and Politics

Lectures, MCS.923 Criitcal Methods in Media and Cultural Studies



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