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Academic Biography

Dr. Ben Lamb's mission is improve social integration policy through his research into representations of marginalised communities within the media, wider culture, and the arts.

Ben joined Teesside’s Humanities Department in 2015. Previously, Ben has lectured in media theory at the University of East Anglia’s School of Arts, Media, and American Studies and the University of South Wales’ Faculty of Creative Industries.

After earning a first class BA in English and Film at Hull University, Ben was awarded an AHRC scholarship to study for a Film Studies MA at Warwick University. Subsequently he was awarded a PhD scholarship on the AHRC funded ‘Spaces of Television’ project. His doctoral thesis ‘The Construction of Fictional Spaces in British Television Drama and the Police Series of 1955-82’, examined the developing aesthetics of the studio-based British television drama. Focusing on the police series genre it examined how the studio production system was able to creatively intervene in sociological issues surrounding gender, class and crime.

Summary of Research Interests

Ben is forever devising studies that combine cultural theory with the social sciences to develop methodological frameworks that can impact policy.

As a cultural theorist who specialises in television studies his published research has examined modes of realism within different television production systems, genre theory, ideology, gender politics, feminism, and social class.

Research Projects & External Funding

Ben is currently putting together a research project with the AHRC which aims to examine how past regional television disseminated the purpose of the welfare state and impacted local services throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. He will also be putting together screenings of past content in partnership with the North East Film Archive to try and impact social care delivery in the region.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Ben is always looking to supervise PhD projects on television history, television genre, and representations of class, gender, and crime.

He is also keen to supervise students who are interested in combining social sciences with the arts. His current PhD student is writing a thesis entitled 'Transforming lives and place in Middlesbrough through creative activity at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art'.

Ben is a founding member of Teesside’s Social Realism Seminar and also mentors PhD students in running the English Research Seminar.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Ben helps run the Stockon Poverty Truth Commission that facilitates conversations between those living in poverty with local businesses, councilors, charities, and politicians. Having the experiences of those facing difficulty influence local policy decisions is designed to improve service delivery and foster even greater social inclusion and cohesion within the borough.

External Research Collaborations

Ben is developing a documentary with Third Films on the history of feminist social realism in British film as a co-scriptwriter.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

In partnership with companies including Entertainment One UK and Open Clasp Theatre Ben puts together film screenings and cultural events within the Teesside area to tackle difficult social issues . Here discussion activities are facilitated between the public, charities, public sector workers, councillors, human rights organisations, and academics to raise awareness and influence policy. Particularly successful events include his work on Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake, and Catrina McHugh's play Key Change.

Ben also delivers Holocaust Memorial Day learning activities on campus annually.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Ben is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been teaching at University level for many years. He delivers modules on all things cultural including theatre, literature, film, television, media practices, texts, and audiences. Often with a little history, social science, criminology and discourse analysis thrown in.

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Studios Engineering & Materials Science
Television studios Engineering & Materials Science
television Social Sciences
soap opera Social Sciences
Television Engineering & Materials Science
Photographic films Engineering & Materials Science
Law enforcement Engineering & Materials Science
Soaps (detergents) Engineering & Materials Science

Research Output 2014 2019

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Assessing changes to the welfare state: An investigation into the effects of regional media on local services and recipients of care in 1980s North East England

Lamb, B., 30 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Discourses of care: Care in media, medicine and society. Holdsworth, A., Lury, K. & Tweed, H. (eds.). Bloomsbury

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)Researchpeer-review

welfare state
recipient
moral philosophy
media analysis
broadcast

Cathy Come Off Benefits: A comparative ideological analysis of Cathy Come Home and Benefits Street

Lamb, B., 24 Feb 2016, In : Journalism and Discourse Studies. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
123 Downloads (Pure)

Rediscovering The Roses of Eyam: A Forgotten Television Play

Lamb, B., 1 Jul 2016, In : Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. 9, 2, p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Dramatist
Drama
Television Drama
Criticism
Visual Languages
19 Downloads (Pure)

‘I’m a Copper not a Welfare Officer’: Emergent Feminist Thought in Hunters Walk and 1970s British Police Series

Lamb, B., 15 Sep 2016, In : Critical Studies in Television. 11, 3, p. 348-364

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
soap opera
Photographic films
Soaps (detergents)
Studios
Law enforcement
59 Downloads (Pure)

Narrative Form and the British Television Studio 1955–1963

Lamb, B., 11 Sep 2014, In : Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 34, 3, p. 357-368

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Television studios
Studios
television
BBC
narrative