My research area is focussed on the intersection between radio/audio and technology, in particular how these new technologies offer opportunities for content creators and listeners. I am interested in considering what these changes mean for the form of the content, and how the arrival of new technologies impacts upon content. Recent work has considered the nature of podcasting as an established media form and the impact of the podcast Serial.

I also have interest in approaches to teaching and learning and the development of the community media sector

The preferred method of accessing work is via the websites or printed copies of the journals or publications. Where possible I have posted work on (link in menu) and the University repository.

Journal articles

2016: “Podcasting: Considering the evolution of the medium and its association with the word ‘radio’” Journal of Radio Studies Volume 114(1) pp7-22

2016: ‘Part of the Establishment: Reflecting on 10 Years of Podcasting as an Audio Medium‘ Convergence – Sage online first

2015:  ‘A Golden Age of Podcasting? Evaluating Serial in the Context of Podcast Histories‘ Journal of Radio and Audio Media: 22(2) pp170-178

2013: ‘Radio with Pictures: Radio visualisation in BBC national radio‘, The Radio Journal 11(2): 169-84.

2006: ‘Will the ipod kill the radio star? Profiling Podcasting as Radio‘, Convergence 12(2): 143-162.

Book chapters

2017: Pending chapter in co-edited book on Podcasting for Plagrave MacMillan. Due for publication in 2018.

2015: ‘Serial and ten years of podcasting: Has the medium finally grown up?’ in M. Oliveria and F. Riberio (eds) Radio, Sound and Internet, LASICS, University of Minho

2014: ‘The future of radio is the internet, not on the internet’ in M. Oliveira, G. Stachyra and G. Starkey (eds), Radio: The Resilient Medium (Sunderland: Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies)

2004: ‘Speech Radio in the Digital Age’ in Andrew Crisell (ed), More than a Music Box: Radio Cultures and Communities in a Multi-Media World (Berghahn Books).



2009 Review of “Sound Moves” By Michael Bull (2007) In Radio Journal:International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media Volume 7 (1)

Conference Papers and Presentations

+ ‘Why we need to talk about Podcast Studies’: JPOD16, Malaga, Spain (invited) [PDF]
+Worldwide, Always On: Beats 1 as Transnational radio” a paper at the The Radio Conference, 6th July 2016.
+ “Podcasting was made for mobiles” – Invited Seminar paper, University of Murcia, Spain, March 2016
+ “10 years is a long time in podcasting” Netstation 2015 Conference, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. April 2015
+ ‘The future of radio is the internet, not on the internet’, ECREA Radio conference, University of Sunderland (London campus), September 2013.
+ ‘It’s radio, but with pictures’, The Radio Conference, University of Bedfordshire, July 2013.
+ Panellist – R@dio em congresso, ISCSP, Lisbon (invited)
+ ‘Radio, podcasting and the long tail’, PCA/ACA, Boston, USA, March 2007.
+ ‘Podcasting and the long tail’, Meccsa/Ampe, Coventry, 2007.
+ ‘Will the the ipod kill the radio star?’ Meccsa/AMPE, Leeds, 2006.
+ ‘Podcasting: how, what, why’, invited paper at BFI media studies conference, 2006.
+ ‘Podcasting’, Radio Studies Conference, Birmingham, 2005.
+ ‘Online learning for radio’, AMPE, Southampton, 2002.

Associated work

Former Member of the Community Media Association (UK) Council
Member of the North East Committee of the Radio Academy
Judge for Radio Academy Radio Production Awards & The New York Radio Awards
List Manager for JISCMail lists – radio-studies & podcast-studies

I am next speaking at:

Keynote Presentation at the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2017 in Lublin, Poland. The conference is being held on the 12th, 13th and 14th of September and you can find information at 

If you’d like to  invite me to your conference or University please do email me