Dr Laura Clancy

Lecturer in Media

Research Overview

I am a Lecturer in Media in the Sociology department. My research focuses on issues of inequality, particularly 'the elites' and monarchy. I consider how inequalities are represented in media culture, and the systemic relations between media culture and political and economic formations of inequality. My monograph, Running the Family Firm: how the royal family manages its image and our money is published with Manchester University Press.This analyses the contemporary British monarchy (1953-present) in order to understand its economic, political, social and cultural functions. Although the monarchy is usually positioned as a backward-looking, archaic institution and an irrelevant anachronism to corporate forms of wealth and power, the relationship between monarchy and capitalism is as old as capitalism itself. This book frames the monarchy as the gold standard corporation: The Firm. Using a set of case studies - the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle - it contends that The Firm's power is disguised through careful stage management of media representations of the royal family. The book was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best sole, first-authored book.

I am now writing my second book, What Is The Monarchy For? to be published by Bristol University Press in 2024.

I was shortlisted for the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers Scheme 2023.

My writing and research has been featured in international media outlets, such as BBC Newsnight, The New York Times, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, BBC2, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, Novara Media, ABC Australia, BBC 5 Live, Sky News, NBC News, CNN, France24, the Washington Post, Red Pepper, Tribune, openDemocracy, the Independent, the i, the Sunday Times, the Australian, Al Jazeera, La Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo Chunichi Shimbun, Tortoise Media, South China Morning Post.

  • Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities
  • Centre for Gender Studies