Co-Lead, Research Theme 3: Employers’ and Employees’ Experiences of Digital Work Across Sectors
University of Leeds
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I am Professor of Media, Music and Culture at the University of Leeds. I am the author of The Cultural Industries (4th edition, 2019), Why Music Matters (2013); and co-author of Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (2010) and Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour (2015). In 2019, I was Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Research interests
  • Media industries, contemporary and historical
  • Music, society and culture
  • Equality and social justice in relation to digital and cultural work

Recent publications

Journal articles

Making sense of metrics in the music industries

Baym, N., Bergmann, R., Bhargava, R., Diaz, F., Gillespie, T., Hesmondhalgh, D., Maris, E. and Persaud, C.J. (2021) International Journal of Communication

Other publications

Research articles

Hesmondhalgh, D. and Meier, L. (2018) “What the digitalisation of music tells us about capitalism, culture and the power of the information technology sector”, Information, Communication and Society, vol. 21, no. 11, 1555-1570. Published online July 2017 [doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1340498]

Hesmondhalgh, D. (2017) “Capitalism and the media: moral economy, well-being and capabilities ”, Media, Culture and Society, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 202-218 [doi: 10.1177/01634437.16643153]


Hesmondhalgh, D. (2019) The Cultural Industries, 4th edition, London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi: SAGE, 568pp

Planned Research working papers and delivery date

Video Screen Interfaces as New Sites of Circulation Power (January 2020)