Steven Speed

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Journalism

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

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]

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021