Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre

The Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre was founded in 2007 with a £1.25 million grant from the Leverhulme Media Trust. During the five years to the end of the grant, in 2012, the centre has produced empirically grounded, interdisciplinary research on changing media spaces and design, focusing on five main areas:

  • Spaces of News - researching the impact of the internet on journalism
  • Metadata In The Age of Ubiquitous Data - investigating the properties of metadata in digital media
  • Mediatising Place - understanding the creative applications of the internet for civic purposes
  • Europe in Motion - researching shifting media geographies and identities in Europe
  • Tracking the Moving Image - exploring the restructuring of public space by image technologies in Cairo, Shanghai and London

The projects have produced numerous publications, public lectures, held annual symposia and a final three-day conference to present work to the public and promote feedback. While each project has been autonomous, they also connect to each other. Combined, they present a complex picture of transformation, possibility and continuity in terms of new media’s relationship to society and democracy, offering a way out of the simple binarism that has previously limited the field of digital studies.