Leadership Fellow

Professor George McKay
University of East Anglia

George McKay joined UEA as Professor of Media Studies in November 2014. Previously he was Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford (2005-14), where he established and directed the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre, and Professor of Cultural Studies at UCLan (2000-05).

He is currently engaged as an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow for its Connected Communities Programme (2012-18). In 2015-16 this includes The Impact of Festivals project, in collaboration with research partner EFG London Jazz Festival, and postdoctoral research assistant Dr Emma Webster. He is also co-investigator (2015-18) on the EU Heritage+ project, Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME). 

Among his books are Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996), DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (ed., Verso, 1998), Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000),Community Music: A Handbook (co-ed. with Pete Moser, Russell House, 2004), Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005), Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011), Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2013), and The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (ed., Bloomsbury, 2015).

He was founding co-editor in 2002 oSocial Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge), and associate editor (1993-2002) of the BAAS Paperback Series (Edinburgh UP). He was special issue editor of the journal Popular Music (28:3; 2009) on the theme of popular music and disability. He currently co-edits the Connected Communities: Creating a New Knowledge Landscape series for Policy Press, is a member of the editorial board of Jazz Research Journal and consulting editor of Social Movement Studies.

Professor McKay’s website is; it contains comprehensive information about his research—including lots of open access links—books, events, reviews, even a little about his music (semi-pro jazz double bassist).