Dr Rebecca Bramall

Course Leader MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

London College of Communication


Rebecca is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at London College of Communication. She teaches and researches in the field of media, communications and cultural studies.

Rebecca’s research explores the interpenetration of culture and economy, with a current focus on taxation imaginaries. Key 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).

Rebecca is a member of the editorial board of the journal New Formations.

Research interests

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

Research statement

Rebecca is currently researching tax culture in the UK after the global financial crisis. This project explores the cultural frameworks that help people to make sense of tax avoidance, public spending, and their taxpaying identities. Articles from this project have been published in New Formations (2016), Celebrity Studies (2017) and Soundings (2017).

With Dr Liam Stanley of the University of Sheffield, Rebecca is currently leading a collaborative project examining the role of communications between tax authorities and taxpayers in increasing ‘tax morale’. Reimagining tax through speculative design is funded by the University of Sheffield ESRC Impact Accelerator Account.

Previously Rebecca has researched the uses of the past in austerity culture. 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. This book was longlisted for the International Political Economy Group Book Prize (2014) and articles from this project 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 welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students who share her research interests.

Selected research outputs