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About Us

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations was established in 2006 as a means of co-ordinating and supporting the research of academic staff in the areas of media, culture, communication, theatre and performance, much of which has focused on the creative industries in Wales and the wider economic, social and political contexts in which these industries operate. 

  • 75% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent (4* / 3*) 
  • 67% of our research impact is world leading (4*) 
  • Joint first in the UK for impact out of 84 universities - based on 4* / 3* 

Results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Centre supports research projects, organises conference and seminars, publishes its own book series, hosts plays, films and exhibitions, and sponsors postgraduate research. It has established connections with media practitioners across Wales and the UK, as well as academic links with colleagues in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Catalonia, Belgium, New Zealand, India and the USA. 

The Centre is based in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries, but has members from across the University, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our work. It works in partnership with the University’s Research Institutes and other research groups and centres.


The Centre aims to produce research of the highest standards that has relevance both for Wales and other small nations. Its specific objectives are as follows: 

  • To undertake high quality research in media, culture and performance with particular attention to a broad understanding of the creative and cultural industries, which has direct relevance for small nations; 
  • To disseminate the results of its research through publications, conferences and public education initiatives; 
  • To facilitate and increase dialogue between industry, policy makers, academics and the wider public; 
  • To initiate partnership arrangements with other institutions and industry bodies; 
  • To recognise and foster applied research that supports entrepreneurial activities in the creative and cultural industries; To develop national, regional and international dialogue and collaborations; 
  • To exchange knowledge with other institutions, and with communities, organisations and governments, thereby contributing to an understanding of the distinct identity, or identities, of small nations; 
  • To become recognised as a stimulating environment for postgraduate study and acknowledged as a centre of excellence for research into small nations. 

Through fulfilling these objectives, Centre plays an important role in helping the University of South Wales to achieve its broader research commitments to: develop our research portfolio in areas of strategic importance; encourage innovation and dissemination of research findings; and work with business and Government to help address the challenges that face society and the economy.

Contact us

Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, 
University of South Wales, 
Cardiff Campus, ATRiuM,
Adam Street, CF24 2FN
Cardiff, UK

Email: Professor Lisa Lewis [email protected]