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Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen

Joanne Garde-HansenProfessor

Culture, Media and Communication

Course Director MA Global Media and Communication

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50931
Email: J dot Garde-Hansen at warwick dot ac dot uk

G.43 Millburn House


Joanne Garde-Hansen is Professor in Culture, Media and Communication at the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies. Her research and teaching focus upon media, memory, archives and heritage. This is manifest in two strands of research. The first, relates to her collaboration with television researchers on television history, heritage and memory and the co-founding of the Centre for Television Histories. The second, is in her collaboration with geographers, water scientists and the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience on the relationship between culture and water, rivers, flooding and drought. She has published on media and memory, television, archives, and water memories and heritage. She is a Fellow of the HE Academy, was nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship, and has won awards for outstanding module design and public engagement. She is Co-Chair of Transformations of Environment woking group for the COST: Action - Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change (2021-2025).

Research interests

I currently lead the AHRC funded research network The Afterlives of Protest with partners at Kings, Loughborough and Sussex, and part of the international Transformative Memory research group. I have been the co-researcher on the AHRC funded research network Women, Ageing and Media (with UWE and UoG) and co-investigator on the ESRC funded Sustainable Flood Memories project (with UWE and CCRI) and the follow-up ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange project with the Environment Agency on Digital Stories of Flooding. I am currently working with colleagues in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the theory and practice of a social technology of media and memory. Recent books include Remembering British Television with Kristyn Gorton (BFI 2019); Social Memory Technology: Theory, Practice, Action (Routledge 2016) and Remembering Dennis Potter Through Fans, Extras and Archives with Hannah Grist (Palgrave Pivot 2014).

Current research projects

I have just completed a monograph for IB Tauris entitled Media and Water (2021) and published with Dr Kristyn Gorton (York) Remembering British Television: Audiences, Archive and Industry (BFI) based on a British Academy Small Grant (2013-2014) which drew together television scholars, producers, creatives and television archivists. This has been extended into new research with Prof Matt Hills and Prof Jonathan Gray on para-textual media and memory studies during 2016-2017 with a publication on Dr Who.

Since 2012, I have been working with Karen Worcman (Museu da Pessoa, Brazil), Prof Gilson Schwartz (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Dr Carlos Falci (University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) on the following projects: Beyond the Digital: Collective Memory and Social Networks in Emerging Global Conflicts funded by the British Council/FAPESP; Memory as Metadata funded by Warwick's Brazil Partnership Fund; and a series of events during 2015 with Brazilian colleagues funded through the Institute of Advanced Study's Visiting Fellowship Scheme. My focus on storytelling and the environment continues as a research strand after the Flood Memories project completed. I am working with Prof. Rob Procter (Computer Science) on an ESRCIAA funded project entitled Developing a Flood Memory App (2015). From 2014-2019, I will be co-investigator with Prof Lindsey McEwen (UWE) in the Natural Environment Research Council funded project: Developing a Drought Narrative Resource in a Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making Utility for Drought Risk Management or DRY (Drought Risk and You). During 2016-2017 I will be visiting Bauru, Brazil to explore Narratives of Water and digital hydro-citizenship with Dr Danilo Rothberg in a Warwick-Fapesp funded project with the State University of Sao Paulo. With colleagues at Warwick I am co-investigator of the Waterproofing Data project (2018-2020) and consultant to the Fapesp funded MEANDRO Project in Brazil (2018-2020). I am currently researching for a monograph entitled Mediating Water: Communication, Culture and Perception that synthesises all of the media research on flood and drought.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the following modules:
  • Thinking Culture and Creativity
  • Creativity, Communication and Technology
  • Mediated Self Project
  • Applied Communication Project
  • Thinking Water (IATL postgraduate module)
  • Contemporary Memory Studies (IATL postgraduate module)
  • Major Project

Research supervision

I would be interested in supervising postgraduate students who wish to research popular media cultures, media technology, women, ageing and media, media history and heritage, media and memory, and digital media cultures and the environment.

Administrative roles

  • Course Director
  • School Research Committee
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • Financial and General Purposes Committee
  • Business Partnerships Working Group

Selected publications

  • Garde-Hansen, J (2021) Media and Water: Communication, Culture and Perception, (IB Tauris)
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Gorton, K (2019) Remembering British Television: Audiences, Archives and Industries, (London: BFI)
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Hills, M (2017) 'Fandom’s paratextual memory: remembering, reconstructing, and repatriating “lost” Doctor Who' Critical Studies in Media Communication, 34: 2, 158-167
  • Garde-Hansen, J, McEwen, L J, Jones, O, Krause, K, and Holmes, A (2016) 'Sustainable Flood Memories, Lay Knowledges and the Development of Community Resilience to Future Flood Risk' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (TIBG), 42: 1, 14-28
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Schwartz, G (2017) ‘Iconomy of Memory: on remembering as digital, civic and corporate currency’ in Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition edited by Andrew Hoskins (London: Routledge)
  • Garde-Hansen, J, McEwen, L J, Holmes, A, and Jones, O (2016) ‘Sustainable Flood Memory: remembering as resilience’, Memory Studies. Online First version
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Worcman, K (2016) Social Memory Technology: Theory, Practice, Action (New York: Routledge)
  • Garde-Hansen, J, McEwen, L J, and Jones, O (2016) ‘Towards a memo-techno-ecology: mediating memories of extreme flooding in resilient communities’ in Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction Edited by Andrea Hajek, Christine Lohmeier and Christian Pentzold (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Garde-Hansen, J (2015) 'Digital memories and media of the future' in Conboy and Steel (eds) Routledge Companion to British Media History (London: Routledge), 582-593
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Grist, H (2014) Remembering Dennis Potter Through Fans, Extras and Archives (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Garde-Hansen, J, F Krause and Whyte, N (2013) 'Flood Memories - media, narratives and remembrance of wet landscapes in England' Journal of Arts and Communities, 4: 1-2.
  • Garde-Hansen J and Gorton, K (2013) Emotion Online: Theorizing Affect on the Internet (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Garde-Hansen, J (2013) 'Friendship Photography: Memory, Mobility and Social Networking' in M Sandbye and J Larsen (ed.) Digital Snapshots: Rethinking Photography (IB Tauris).
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Gorton, K (2013) 'From Old Media Whore to New Media Troll: Madonna's Ageing Body', Feminist Media Studies 13:2, 288-302.
  • Garde-Hansen, J and Jones, O (eds.) (2012) Geography and Memory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Garde-Hansen, J (2011) Media and Memory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).
  • Garde-Hansen, J, Hoskins, A and Reading, A (eds.) (2009) Save As... Digital Memories (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

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Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • International Corresponding Editor for Media Culture and Society journal
  • Editorial Board of Memory Studies
  • Editorial Board of Cambridge Journal of Memory, Mind & Media (launches 2022)
  • British Academy Peer Reviewer

Virtual Office Hours

All meetings will be virtual - please email for an appointment in Teams, Zoom or Skype


Creativity, Communication and Technology (Core Module: MA Global Media and Communication)
The Mediated Self Project (Optional Module)
Applied Communication Project (Optional Module)


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