Máire Messenger Davies joined the University of Ulster in 2004. A former journalist, with degrees in English Literature (BA, Trinity College Dublin) and Psychology (PhD University of East London), she has taught in universities on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) the UK subject association for Media Studies.
Her primary research specialism is the study of child and youth audiences and media policy and regulation with particular reference to these audiences. She is also collaborating with Professor Roberta Pearson of the University of Nottingham on a long-term study of American television, using Star Trek as a case study. She has conducted research for Government, media and regulatory bodies, including the DCMS, Ofcom, the BBC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and UNESCO.
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