The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) is a world-leading centre in the study of media and communication and renowned for its critical and international research. CAMRI is situated in the School of Media and Communication. It builds on a long tradition of research in media and communication that spans five decades, as the university launched the first British media studies degree in 1975. The University of Westminster has been consistently ranked highly in media and communication studies according to the Research Excellence Framework and the QS World University Rankings.
CAMRI’s objective is to serve as a platform for critical media and communication studies that develops the legacy of the “Westminster School”. Our research analyses communication power in light of current transformations in society and the communications landscape. CAMRI’s research is organised in five thematic networks focusing on global media, political economy and communication policy, digital media, cultural identities and social change, as well as communication theory, history and philosophy. CAMRI studies the media and communication from an international and global perspective. Our work privileges sociological inquiry and qualitative methods. It takes a contextual approach that is historical, sceptical and nuanced. Our research is grounded in theory and is rich in empirical detail, thereby informing both a critical understanding of contemporary media, as well as new approaches to policy-making and practice.
CAMRI’s research is based on a broader purpose and vision for society. Our work examines how the media and society interact and aims to contribute to progressive social change, equality, justice, and democracy. CAMRI takes a public interest and humanistic approach that seeks to promote participation, facilitate informed debate, and strengthen capabilities for critical thinking, complex problem solving and creativity.