Dr Rebecca Bramall

Course Leader MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

London College of Communication


Rebecca is Course Leader of the MA in Media, Communications and Critical Practice at London College of Communication, and she lectures and researches in the field of media and cultural studies.

Rebecca studied at the University of York and the University of Sussex, and gained her PhD from the University of East London.

She has worked extensively in the cultural sector in organisations including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the British Film Institute, and The Women’s Library. Before joining University of the Arts London, Rebecca was Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Brighton.

Rebecca’s research explores the interpenetration of culture and economy. Her recent publications include The Cultural Politics of Austerity: Past and Present in Austere Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and a special issue of New Formations on Austerity (2016).  

Research interests

Culture and economy; cultures of austerity; alternative economies; economic and welfare imaginaries; taxation imaginaries; degrowth and sustainability; uses of the past; memory, history, heritage.

Research statement

Rebecca’s research to date has two main strands. The first strand explores the interpenetration of culture and economy, and the second examines cultural politics, heritage, history and memory.

Rebecca has explored both dynamics in her research on the uses of the past in austerity culture, examining the popular conviction that the austerity years of the Second World War and post-war period offer a historical precedent for today’s challenging times. The Cultural Politics of Austerity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) examines austerity’s conflicted meanings, from ‘austerity chic’ and anti-austerity protest to economic and eco-austerity. Articles from this project have appeared in Subjectivity, the Journal of European Popular Culture, and the Journal of Consumer Culture. Book chapter contributions are published in British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society: Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Rebecca’s current research examines emergent taxation imaginaries, and an article from this project is published in New Formations (2016).

Rebecca’s book was longlisted for the International Political Economy Group Book Prize (2014) and she has given many papers as an invited or keynote speaker. From 2012-2014 she was a core member of ‘Austerity Futures’, an ESRC-funded research seminar series.


Rebecca welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students who share her research interests.

Selected research outputs