Elizabeth Barkas

PhD Student

University of Glasgow


Working Title of PhD: Media reporting of deaths in custody in Britain

Year commenced PhD study: 2017 Institution/Organisation: University of Glasgow

Funding Source (if any) Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Full or part-time: Full-time

PhD Supervisors: Dr Sarah Armstrong and Dr Catherine Happer

Synopsis of PhD: This research investigates the media reporting of deaths in custodial settings in Britain from 1991-2015. The project is empirical and uses data from different sources. The first phase of the project uses content analysis to analyse news reports sampled from several points in the time period of interest. This part of the research has mapped the coverage of incidents over time, investigating representations of those who have died and the authorities and institutions involved. The second phase of the research aims to engage with the actors involved in shaping and producing the news. This phase constructs several in-depth case studies of reporting based on the analysis of documentary evidence, together with interviews with those involved in shaping the news.



University of Glasgow

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR

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