We define narrative very broadly and are concerned with examining it as a structuring mechanism across multiple media and disciplines. We are also interested in exploring how narrative interacts with and impacts on cultures and communities. As an interdisciplinary research centre we bring together a range of diverse approaches and methodologies from members across the University.
Formerly a research cluster in the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, since its inception in 2008 the Narrative Research Group (NRG) has provided an inclusive and supportive space for staff, ECRs and PGRs from multiple disciplines who approach narrative from a range of methodological, critical and creative perspectives.
The new Centre, launched in 2019, provides an organisational structure for members’ research and professional practice activities, including funding bids, publications, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
It also aims to ensure that the development of research proceeds in a strategically informed way, providing support for individual researchers and encouraging new initiatives.
Main research areas
The impact of digital technologies on readers and reading
Researchers from Bournemouth University, in collaboration with the University of Brighton, have been exploring how advances in digital technologies are transforming our reading experiences – and have transformed how reading is researched in the process.
This project improved the digital literacy skills of the participants (many of whom had little or no experience of using digital technologies), generated a new awareness of reading behaviours and increased public understanding of debates about the fundamental shift from books to digital reading devices through public exhibitions, the project blog and social media.