David is the Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster and Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). As a trained sociologist, David was previously a Lecturer at the University of Leeds (1996-2002) and a Professor at Bournemouth University (2002-2006). David  is the author of several books, including Moving Experiences (1995, 2005), Web Studies (2000, 2004), Media, Gender and Identity (2002, 2008), and Creative Explorations (2007), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. This was followed by Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (2011), which has been widely read internationally and has been translated into Italian and Korean; and Media Studies 2.0, and Other Battles around the Future of Media Research (2011). His latest book is Making Media Studies: The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies (2015)


Research Interests

David writes and teaches about the ways in which digital media gives people new opportunities to create and connect, and the social implications of this ‘everyday creativity’. He has also led the development of new approaches to the study of media (‘Media Studies 2.0’) and pioneered the use of creative research methods in social research.

He has made several popular websites and YouTube videos, and has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For almost a decade he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.


David’s Academic Profile

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