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Lucy Bennett  BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff)

Dr Lucy Bennett


BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff), PhD (Cardiff)

Lecturer in Media Audiences (Teaching and Research)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29225 10789
Two Central Square, Room Room, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a lecturer in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, with research interests and expertise in Popular Music and Fandom and Fan Cultures. I am also the course director for the BA Degree in Media, Journalism & Culture.

I teach and designed the undergraduate degree modules which run at JOMEC, Cardiff University:

Popular Music, Media & Culture 

Media Fandom  

I have undertaken consultation work for YouTube in California, advising and producing research on fans and digital fandom. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking about my research on popular music fandom and have recently given input to The Recording Academy/The Grammies on popular music, social media and authenticity. I have appeared in international media commenting about music fandom, media fandom, and popular music more broadly. I was recently interviewed for articles in Dazed Media/Dazed & Confused on live music fan behaviour  and another article on concert fan camping culture. I also recently spoke to The Economist for a piece on music stan fandom culture and Inside Hook for a piece on TikTok, the music industry and music fandom. I was also interviewed by The Daily Beast for a piece on How TikTok and Tech Gave Kylie Minogue the Song of the Summer, and Newsweek for the article Yes, You Can Sing Along at the Taylor Swift Eras Concert Film. Plus, my comments are featured throughout a new article in Architectural Digest: Inside the Homes Where Passionate Fandoms Come to Life.

My analysis on music fan behaviour and etiquette at live music concerts has been featured in a range of international articles: BBC World News 'Adele speaks out against audiences throwing objects on stage' BBC News: Lil Nas X: Why are fans throwing things on stage?The Washington Post: 'Why fans are slapping singers and throwing ashes on stage in 2023', The Guardian: Bad behaviour at concerts is becoming normalised, experts say, Correio Braziliense, l'édition du soir par Ouest-France, New Zealand Herald: 'Zeitgeist: Please stop throwing stuff at people', The Washington Informer: Music Artists Battle Risky Trend of Object-Throwing at Concerts, United News of Bangladesh: Why are fans throwing objects at favourite musicians on stage? Adele speaks out, and BFMTV France.  I was interviewed on BBC Radio One Newsbeat, BBC Radio Jersey, and NBC National TV News on the topic. My views were also summarised on BBC Radio Two. I also was asked to take part in a Vote for Schools debate on the topic, where over 20,000 UK schoolchildren voted on live music events and rules, and I responded to them in a video. 

I worked with Welsh cultural and music platform AM on research on thier audiences, as well as with PYST, a leading music label promoter and music distributor in Wales. In addition I am undertaking research on musicians and digital transformation in the creative economy, Welsh language music and the Welsh music scene and undertaking an analysis of music and fan culture on TikTok. 

I also am involved in music journalism, conducting interviews with bands and musicians, for online music publication God is in the TV

I recently curated an educational video playlist on Popular Music, Media and Culture for Learning on Screen, which you can access here:

I am on the editorial board for the journals New Media & Society, The Journal of Fandom Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures, On a more local level, I am passionate about the music scene in Cardiff/Wales and am on the jury for the Welsh Music Prize, and on the judging panel for the Cardiff Music Awards. 

I co-founded and co-chair (with Dr Tom Phillips) the Fan Studies Network ( Involving hundreds of members worldwide, since its launch in 2012 the network has fruitfully forged new connections and collaborations between academics in the field. 

I have published two books: Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society (edited with Bertha Chin and Bethan Jones, Peter Lang, 2015) and Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture (edited with Paul Booth, Bloomsbury, 2016). My work on popular music, digital culture and media appears in journals such as New Media & Society, Transformative Works and Cultures, Celebrity Studies, The Journal of Fandom Studies, Social Semiotics, Discourse, Context & Media, Cinema Journal, Participations and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 

In 2013 I was highlighted as one of five ‘new voices’ in media and cultural studies by Cinema Journal, journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

I have worked on a variety of media research project, including a GW4 funded project examining cameras in courtrooms, and was a research assistant on the media strand for the ESRC research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations after the Snowden Leaks. Prior to this, I was also a research associate on a UNHCR funded project examining media representations of refugees in the British press, and undertook research on the represetation of media studies. I worked as a researcher on a number of different projects in the school, including four BBC Trust reviews, including the prominent 2012 BBC Trust impartiality review focusing on breadth of opinion, of which I contributed to the final published report. Prior to my current role in JOMEC, during 2014 I led and designed the module ‘Understanding Culture’ on the MSc at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.

In 2020 I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 



















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My key research areas are:

  • Popular Music: My key area of research is popular music and how it intersects with media and culture. I teach a big third year module on this topic and supervise BA, MA, and PhD students in JOMEC in this area. I have published academic research on on music festivals, musician presence on social media, live music concerts, digital music fandom and online music cultures. I am currently undertaking academic research on music journalism. 
  • Music Fandom: I have been researching how music fandom and audiences are being impacted by technology and the implications that arise out of this. My PhD thesis focused on an online community of R.E.M. fans and their online fandom. I have published further on topics such as the use of technology during live music concerts, the use and implications of Twitter by fans, celebrities and producers, and Lady Gaga, social media and activism. In addition to my published jorunal articles and books in this area, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies and Transformative Works and Cultures.


    I teach and design the following undergraduate degree modules:

    Popular Music, Media & Culture 

    Media Fandom 

    I have also been the module co-odinator for the Dissertation, and Media and Gender modules. 


    I would be interested in supervising PhD students in the the areas of:

    • Popular music
    • Fandom/media audiences

    Current MPhil and PhD student topics supervised:

    • Popular music consumption practices on the Internet
    • #MeToo in the Media: justice and discourse
    • "Peppa Pig: ‘Poor Daddy having to work. Lucky Mummy, you can play at home all day!’ An investigation into the representation of gendered parenthood roles in pre-school and children’s television"

    Completed projects supervised: 

    • Fandom is Beautiful (Except When It Isn’t): Hatred, Dislike and Toxicity Online

    Current supervision

    Henry Morgan

    Henry Morgan

    Research student

    Laura Marie Sinclair

    Laura Marie Sinclair

    Research student