Research Professor; Director Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Professor Philip Drake (PhD, MPhil. BA (Hons)) is a Research Professor in the Media, Communications and Performing Arts Division. He is the Director of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Philip Drake is Professor of Film, Media and Communications and Director of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (CCCMS).

He joined QMU in 2017, having previously worked as Head of the Department of Media and Professor at Edge Hill University (2013-17) and before that as Reader and Director of Research in the School of Media and Performing Arts at Middlesex University, and a range of roles in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism at University of Stirling including as a Deputy Director in the School of Arts and Humanities, Director of MSc. Media Management and Co-Director MA Film Studies, as well as member of the Stirling Media Research Institute. He has taught and researched film, media and urban studies since 1997, also previously working at UWS as Lecturer in Media and Culture and University of Glasgow as Research Fellow in City Development.

Professor Drake has a well developed research profile in film and cultural studies, both in traditional academic outputs and in knowledge exchange activities, having worked with Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland, Creative England, NESTA, FACT, BFI and others, including engaging with film and media practitioners on collaborative critical production studies research. His interdisciplinary background emphasises the connections between media practice, policy, cultural and media theory and other subjects. 

He is Academic Principal Investigator of an AHRC, ACE and NESTA Digital R&D for the Arts and Humanities grant on Digital/Online Film Distribution to the value of £124, 993. See We Are Colony: Digital VOD Distribution for Independent Film: Research and Development Report (2015) and, and This has received significant interest:

He was also Rapporteur on the Norwegian funded 2 year project, Success in the Film and Television Industries (SiFTI) in 2015.

Professor Drake regularly speaks at key international conferences and gives invited papers, including Keynote addresses: ‘Production Studies as a Field of Enquiry: Sources/Methods/Approaches’, at New Directions in Film and Television Production Studies (Bristol) in April 2015, alongside keynote Professor John Caldwell, UCLA and at MeCETES A New European Film and TV Culture: Trends and Challenges conference  in September 2015 (Copenhagen/Danish Film Institute)

He recently delivered KE/KTP research for Cinepur in the Czech Republic at an event on Digital Film Distribution, November 2016.  In 2016 he presented project research at the Liverpool Film Seminar, University of Liverpool, SCMS Annual Conference in Atlanta and the What is Media? conference at University of Oregon.  Other recent presentations include (amongst others) University of Lund (2015), Queen’s University Belfast (2015), University of Liverpool (2015), University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (2014), and Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2012).

Professor Drake has received invitations to speak at a wide range of events including: European Production Cultures at the University of Stockholm (2011) New Directions in the Study of American Independent Cinema at University of Liverpool in 2011 and Approaching Media Industries: Trends, Methods, Perspectives in 2013.  He is a regular participant and panel chair at key international conferences such as Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Network for European Cinema Studies, MeCCSA and Screen.

He is a Board Member, Creative Futures Research Institute and Editorial Board Member of Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism and Media Industries Research

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • International Assessment Board Member of the Irish Research Council (IRC)
  • Visiting Professor, TEI Ionian Islands, Greece (2011-3)
  • Visiting Professor, Centre for Cinema Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada (2009)
  • External Examiner for the MA Programmes in International Communications and Entrepreneurship, and Film and Media at the University of Nottingham and University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (2011- 2016)
  • External Examiner for the BA and MA programmes in Media and Film Studies at University of Bangor, Wales. (2009-14)
  • Board Member, Creative Futures Research Centre
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism
  • Editorial Board Member of Media Industries Research
  • Steering Group Member of Channel 4 Television 4 Talent (and before Ideasfactory 2003-10)
  • Former Advisor to Scottish Enterprise Cultural Industries Panel
  • Member of Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Member of Network for European Cinema Studies (NECS)
  • Member of British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
  • Member of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
  • Member of International Association of Media and Communications Researchers (IAMCR), founding member of JSN section.
  • Founding Member of DIGRA (Digital Games Research Association) Scotland
  • Member of Media and Politics Group, Political Studies Association
  • Member of the British Film Institute

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Professor Drake has reviewed journal, book and grant proposals for numerous organisations and publishers including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Irish Research Council of Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRC), Open University Press, Continuum, Bloomsbury, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Blackwell, John Wiley, Bloomsbury, Continuum, SAGE, McGraw-Hill, Screen, Media, Culture and Society, Journal of Canadian Studies,  and Cultural Politics.

In 2011 he organised the 4th Scottish Consortium for Film and Visual Studies conference on Film and Memory and in 2005 he organised the first major international interdisciplinary conference on Celebrity Culture, which attracted worldwide media coverage.

In his role on the Steering Group for Channel Four's Ideasfactory and 4 Talent (2003-10) Professor Drake has been involved in commissioning 3 minute wonders for Channel 4 and supporting new talent development.   He is currently evaluating the 2016-17 BFI/Creative England funded North West Film Talent development programme, run in collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool.

Active Research Interests:

  • Media and cultural industries/policy
  • Hollywood cinema
  • Media law
  • Media management
  • Screen performance
  • Media celebrity/stardom
  • Small nations media
  • Digital media technologies
  • Critical media industry and production studies

Research Methods:

  • Critical media industry and production studies
  • Media economics
  • Media ethnography
  • Frame analysis
  • Performance studies/theory
  • Political economy
  • Industrial organisation
  • Creative industries policy studies


Drake, Philip and Smith, Angela (2016) Belligerent broadcasting, male anti-authoritarianism and anti-environmentalism: the case of Top Gear (BBC, 2002–2015). Environmental Communication, 10 (6). pp. 689-703. ISSN 1752-4032

Drake, Philip (2016) Reframing Television Performance. Journal of Film and Video, 68 (3-4). pp. 6-17. ISSN 07424671

Drake, Philip and Higgins, Michael (2012) Lights, Camera, Election: Celebrity, Performance and the 2010 UK General Election Leadership Debates. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 14 (3). pp. 375-391. ISSN 1369-1481

Drake, Philip and Miah, Andy (2010) The Cultural Politics of Celebrity. Cultural Politics: an International Journal, 6 (1). pp. 49-64. ISSN 17432197

Book Section

Drake, Philip (2016) Approaches to Film and Politics - Introduction. In: The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 13-16. ISBN 9781315678863

Drake, Philip (2015) On the Legal Lives of Hollywood. In: Hollywood and the Law. British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9781844574773

Carman, Emily and Drake, Philip (2015) Talent Contracts in Hollywood. In: Hollywood and the Law. British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 209-234. ISBN 9781844574773

Drake, Philip (2013) Policy or Practice? Deconstructing the Creative Industries. In: Behind the Screen: Inside European Production Cultures. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 221-236. ISBN 9781137282170

Drake, Philip (2013) Reputational capital, creative conflict and Hollywood independence: the case of Hal Ashby. In: American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond. Routledge, London, pp. 140-152. ISBN 9780415684293

Drake, Philip and Haynes, Richard (2010) Television, Deregulation and the Reshaping of Leisure. In: The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 63-81. ISBN 9780230216846

Drake, Philip (2008) Distribution and Marketing in Contemporary Hollywood. In: The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry. Wiley, Oxford and New York, pp. 63-82. ISBN 9781405133876


Drake, Philip and Franklin, Michael and Sathe, Deborah and Tierney, Sarah (2015) We Are Colony: Digital VOD Distribution for Independent Film. Project Report. Nesta, London.


McDonald, Paul and Hoyt, Eric and Carman, Emily and Drake, Philip (2015) Hollywood and the Law. British Film Institute, 9781844574773.


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

  • Film and Television Studies
  • Hollywood cinema
  • Media and Creative Industries
  • Media Management
  • Screen Performance
  • Celebrity/stardom

2015, Invited Keynote, New Directions in Film and Television Production Studies conference, April 2015, Bristol, UK.

2015, Invited Keynote, Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens, Keynote Lecture at MeCETES conference ‘A New European Film and Television Culture: Trends and Challenges’, hosted by the Danish Film Institute, September 2015

2011 and 2010, Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) awards by University of Stirling