This school at the University of Waikato in New Zealand (where Sean Cubitt used to work) does some fine reseach within Media Studies (he is now moving to the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne).
The media are a central fact of life in the new millennium. The Department of Screen and Media Studies, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is New Zealand’s leading research-based department in this vital area. Our research interests include: New Zealand in the global media economy, media education and media democracy, media and religion, digital gaming, and audience studies, including the investigation of the international reception of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. We have a research specialisation in the intersection of creative practice and the marketplace, which is served by work on the creative industries and on marketing the arts, and by practical research undertaken through Big TV the campus-based community television station.