Digital Media Research

Research in Digital Media currently occurs within two main subject areas, listed in the tabs below.

Further details of the research of individual staff members can be viewed on their profile pages.

Mission Statement

Research in Digital Media at the University of Hull is very wide ranging and interdisciplinary. It is directed toward contributing to the creative economy nationally and internationally.

We are an emerging research unit at the Scarborough Campus but have established a strong individual identity based on the diverse range of interests exhibited by the research staff team. In particular we have encouraged collaborative projects with other school, institutions and disciplines. This ethos is illustrated on the ‘projects’ page.

We actively encourage such an approach in the research students we recruit. A willingness to look beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries and to explore diverse research domains that may not be ‘digital media’ is at the heart of much of our work. This ethos exists in parallel with a hard-nosed appreciation of research ‘impact’ and wherever possible we look for opportunities that relate to the cross-cutting ‘creative economy’ theme that lies at the heart of the University of Hull’s strategic plan.

If your interest is the creative economy, memory, digital curation, social media, e-learning, human computer interaction, design, digital performance, digital archives, digital media theory or e-government we are eager to hear from you. For more specific information go to the page for a member of the research staff and contact them directly to discuss your ideas.


Research Areas

Our current areas of research include • adaptive multimedia delivery and scalable web graphics • human–computer interaction • information and knowledge representation, management and visualisation • intellectual property rights and digital rights management • modelling and simulating liveness in computer systems – particularly in relation to virtual actors, computer characters and believable agents • semantic web and agent technologies • sociocultural aspects of digital media • technology support for eLearning, eBusiness, eGovernment and eHealth • the use of internet technologies for applied and interactive performance, arts and activism • trust and security in virtual organisations and communities • website evolution, measurement, evaluation, performance and security • wireless and mobile systems


Recent Publications in this area

Mundy, D. and Asmi, A. "The Power of Social Media in Political Processes - A Case Study of Politics in Pakistan", European Conference on Social Media (ECSM 14), Brighton, July 2014.

Pauletto S, Balentine B, Pidcock C, Jones K, Bottaci L, Aretoulaki M, Wells J, Mundy DP, Balentine J., "Exploring expressivity and emotion with artificial voice and speech technologies." Logoped Phoniatr Vocol. 2013.

Mundy, D. and Consoli, R. ¨Here be dragons: experiments with the concept of ‘choose your own adventure’ in the lecture room¨, Innovations in Education & Teaching International Journal, January 2013

Hernández-Pérez M. The Anime Authorship criticism. Visions of the "Anti-Disney Ethos". In: Davis A (ed) Discussing Disney University of Hull, September 2014: University of Hull.

Hernández-Pérez M and Ferreras Rodríguez JG. " Serial narrative, intertextuality and the role of audiences in the creation of a franchise. An analysis of the Indiana Jones saga from a cross-media perspective". Mass Communication and Society 17: 26-53.

The Media & Memory Research Initiative (MaMRI) was established at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus in March 2012


Mission Statement

The Media & Memory Research Initiative’s mission is to serve as a centre of excellence for research on the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of mediated memories, especially those that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or association with emerging areas of interest. MaMRI is dedicated to serving its community of researchers by providing both a physical environment in Scarborough for people working on related areas to converge as well as online resources for the presentation of research on mediated memories; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. This research initiative aims to take a proactive pedagogical stance to help establish the study of memory in an evermore-mediated global culture.


Principal Aims

MaMRI aims to:

-facilitate studies on the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of mediated memories;

-bring attention to vulnerable and/or emerging mediated memories;

-provide opportunities for researchers working on mediated memories and technologies of memory to network with others working on related areas;

-provide online resources for the presentation of research on mediated memories and technologies of memory;

-take a proactive pedagogical stance in promoting the study of memory in the context of media technologies.


Recent Publications in this area

Sant, T. Remembering Rediffusion in Malta: A History Without Future Midsea Books - Malta, 2015 forthcoming)

Sant, T. Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of the Avant-Garde: A History of the Future (Intellect - University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Sant, T. "Theatrical performance on the Internet: How far have we come since Hamnet?." International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 9.2 (2013): pp.247-259.

Sant, T & Wilson, M. Artist-run Spaces edited by Gabriele Detterer and Maurizio Nannucci. (JRP/Ringer: Zürich 2013) pp.132-154

Sant, T. "A Second Life for Online Performance: understanding present developments through an historical context" in International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol. 4, No.1, May 2008, pp. 69-79.

Postgraduate study and research

We are able to offer doctoral supervision across a broad range of areas of specialism within Digital Media Studies.  Information about how to submit a formal application for postgraduate research can be found here.

Rebecca O'Neill
Research Topic - The Rise of the Citizen Curator

Marta Delatte
Research Topic - The Experience as a Document: Evaluating the Futures of Digital Memory in Creative Archives

Majed Balela
Research Topic – Cultural Representation and Videogames

Aisha Umar
Research Topic – Health Informatics and e-health

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