Dr Bridget Elizabeth Conor
I studied Film, TV and Media Studies and History at the University of Auckland and then went on to complete an MA (Hons) in Communication Studies at AUT. My MA research focused on the filming of the first Lord of the Rings trilogy in Aotearoa and its effects on the local film industry. I was appointed Lecturer in Communication Studies at AUT in 2004. In 2007 I began my PhD research at Goldsmiths College, University of London, studying the creative labour of screenwriters working in the UK and Europe. After completing my PhD I was appointed Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. I worked at KCL for ten years, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students and returned to Aotearoa in 2020.
Research | Current
My research is focused on the links between media production, cultural labour and representation. This means I am interested in how media and culture is made and by whom. And in my research I am focused on the inclusions and exclusions in media and communications – whose voices and stories are heard and whose are not. My research draws on and utilises cultural studies, feminist theory and qualitative methodologies.
My research has been published in book collections and in journals such as Television and New Media, The Sociological Review and the European Journal of Cultural Studies. My first book Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice was published by Routledge and I have co-edited two collections: Gender and Creative Labour (with Rosalind Gill and Stephanie Taylor and Production Studies The Sequel! Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries (with Miranda Banks and Vicki Mayer).
As well as continuing to research and publish on cultural labour and production studies, I’m currently developing new work focused on the rise of wellness (or ‘wellthness’) media which mobilise the language of feminism and empowerment in addressing the health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, spiritual) of women.
Teaching | Current
I teach on the Bachelor of Communication.
Areas of expertise
- Cultural labour
- Production studies
- Feminist media studies
- Cultural studies
- Qualitative research