Steven Speed

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Steven has been teaching in higher education since 2002. He has worked at numerous institutions in this time and in various roles. At Staffordshire University he has led the BA (hons) Photojournalism and BA (hons) Digital Content Creation. He also supervises students on the MA in Arts and Creative Technologies (By Negotiated Study).

Professional memberships and activities


Academic qualifications

BA (hons) Photography and Literature
MA Communication Media
Currently a PhD candidate at Manchester University


Media and Social Movements

Research interests

Steven is currently working on an ethnographic project about the transformative qualities of small-scale farming communities engaged in agroecology, food sovereignty and community land ownership.

He is interested in visual sociology and journalistic practices as methods for research.



Level 4

  • Digital Content

Level 6

  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Final Project
  • Work Placement and Career Development
  • Contextual Essay
  • Photojournalism in Context


  • MA Negotiated Study (supervisor)


SPEED, Steven (2018) The Battle of Barton Moss. In: From Financial Crisis to Social Change. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 129-148. ISBN e- ISBN 978-3-319-70600-9 H/B ISBN 9783319705996

SPEED, Steven (2017) Evicting Manchester’s street homeless. In: The Violence of Austerity. Pluto Press, pp. 203-211. ISBN 9780745399485

SPEED, Steven (2014) The Battle of Barton Moss (web archive). [Artefact]

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020