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About Us

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) was rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*).

The Media Music Drama (MMD) research group intends to support staff in the production of REF-able outputs, successful grant applications and to develop and support staff as researchers. In particular, MMD will support and sustain areas of strength and excellence and strive to consolidate and enhance developing fields. The group is led by Professor Paul Carr.

The research interests of the group are broad, including areas such as:

  • Theatre history 
  • Theatre as a social practice 
  • Welsh language theatre, Welsh drama in English 
  • Storytelling 
  • Cultural performance 
  • Performance and site 
  • Contemporary performance practice 
  • Television drama 
  • Audio drama and community radio 
  • Film making

  • Art as a social practice 
  • Video, photography and live art installation 
  • Community radio 
  • Music history 
  • Music making 
  • Musicology 
  • Music as a social practice 
  • Community music 
  • Music industry-focused research 
  • Theory and practice of popular music

  • Intermedial or multi-media performance 
  • Adaptation, translation and writing across media and performance 
  • Creative Industries and Media Policy 
  • Music, culture and identity 
  • Television studies
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Journalism 
  • Radio 
  • Screen adaptations 
  • Identity

Our aims: 

  • To undertake research that is globally relevant and locally pertinent to the needs of the creative and cultural industries in South Wales.
  • To develop, conduct and disseminate research of national and international standing that is commensurate with University, Creative Industry Research Institute and REF requirements. 
  • To nurture and support the sustainability of REF-able research within an evolving membership, fostering a research environment that supports all researchers, including early career researchers, and postgraduate research students in achieving research success and career development. 
  • To engage in REF-able inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary practice, within the group, the wider community and other research groups in the university. 
  • To relate REF-able research to professional practice, teaching, industry agendas and government policy. 
  • To overtly engage with current debates within the Cultural Industries of South Wales.
  • To facilitate and increase the number of external grant applications. 
  • To develop strategic partnerships with external partners, including other Higher Education Institutions and industry/art and cultural organisations/policy makers.
  • To enrich the faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum by delivering research-led teaching that supports our students in becoming critical and independent graduates with transferable research skills for their futures.