Professor George McKay

Senior Researcher
University of Salford
Adelphi House
United Kingdom

I joined the University of Salford in 2005, as Professor of Cultural Studies; before that I held the same position at UCLan. I am Director of the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre. My work has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC; four awards to date–five if we include HERA), British Council, European Commission (Framework 6), Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, HEFCE, among others. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, for Media, and for Music. I am currently a member of the Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) executive–MeCCSA being the national UK association for scholars and postgraduate students in the field.  I have undertaken external examining responsibilities at around 15 institutions, at PhD, MA and BA levels. I have been a Visiting Fellow at University of Southern Maine, USA (1994), University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria (1996), and at University of Sydney, Australia (2008).

In terms of public engagement, I am a fairly frequent contributor to British and some international media, including BBC and independent radio, having appeared on programmes as varied as Thinking Allowed (several times) and The Johnnie Walker Show. I have also appeared on numerous television programmes–news and documentaries–and written for publications such as the Guardian, Independent, Times Higher EducationNew Statesman. A two-part  ABC radio documentary in 2009, on the leading Australian music programme Into the Music,  focused heavily on my research on street music and popular protest. 

Research Interests: 

My areas of expertise for research, teaching, media comment and PhD supervision are:

  • Alternative cultures and media, (post)subcultures, protest and social movements
  • Festival, music and social change
  • Cultures of transatlanticism
  • Disability and cultural studies
  • Media studies

Founding co-editor, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge, 2002-)

Editor, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (Verso, 1998)

Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996)

co-ed. with Pete Moser, Community Music: A Handbook (Russell House, 2005)

Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000)

Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005)

Co-editor, with Neil Campbell and Jude Davies, Issues in Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2004)

Co-editor, BAAS Paperbacks Series (Edinburgh UP 1993-2002).

Radical Gardening: Idealism, Rebellion and Politics in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011)


Project Title: 
Rhythm Changes