Professor Peter Lunt

Professor of Media and Communication

School/Department: Media Communication and Sociology, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)785 338 6761



I joined the University of Leicester in 2011 as part of the department of Media and Communication in which I was Head of Department from 2012-2015. Before joining Leicester I spent five years at Brunel University where I was deputy head of the school of social sciences. At University College London I taught and researched in social psychology with an interest in communication and media. My PhD is from the University of Oxford and my undergraduate degree from University College London.


My research over the past thirty years has explored a number of aspects of social identity experience and its relation to the media. The main themes of my work have encompassed questions of the relation between social identity and consumer culture engagement in public life through the media cultural difference identity and social interaction in social media and the role of media regulators in public life. My research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council UK the European Commission and through a number of consultancy research projects and has been published in six books and I am currently writing a new book on Goffman and the Media.



Lunt, P.K., and Livingstone, S.M. (1992). Mass Consumption and Personal Identity: Everyday economic experience. Buckingham, U.K.: Open University Press. ISBN 0-335-09671-9. 204 pages.

Livingstone, S. and Lunt, P. (1994). Talk on Television: Audience participation and public debate. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-07737-0. 201 pages.

Lunt, P. (2009) Stanley Milgram. London: Palgrave.

Lunt, P. and Livingstone, S. (2011) Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers. London: Sage Publications.


Lunt, Peter. (2020) Beyond Bourdieu: The Interactionist Foundations of Media Practice Theory. International Journal of Communication, [S.l., v. 14, p. 18, may. 2020. ISSN 1932-8036. Available at:

Lunt, P. (2019). The performance of power and citizenship: David Cameron meets the people International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume: 22(5), 678-690

Lunt, P. & Livingstone, S. (2016) Is 'mediatization' the new paradigm for our field? A commentary on Deacon and Stanyer (2014, 2015) and Hepp, Harvard and Lundby (2015). Media, Culture & Society 38(3):462-470.

Lunt, P., & Livingstone, S. (2013). Media studies' fascination with the concept of the public sphere: Critical reflections and emerging debates. Media, Culture & Society, 35(1), 87-96

Lunt, P & Stenner, P (2005) The Jerry Springer Show as an emotional public sphere. Media, Culture & Society, 27(1), 59-81.

Livingstone, S., Lunt, P. & Miller, L. (2007) Citizens, consumers and the citizen-consumer: The problematic articulation of the citizen interest in media and communications regulation Discourse and Communication, 1, 85-111.


Media audiences Social media media and social theory media regulation


I mainly teach on masters programmes including Media and Advertising and also contribute to PR modules and a number of undergraduate modules

Press and media

Social Media Media Regulation Media events and audiences
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