Prof Paul Dwyer

Prof Paul Dwyer


I'm Director of Student Enterprise for the University and founder of the Creative Enterprise Centre

I also teach in the School of Media and Communication including on  the MA International Media Business course, which I created in 2011.

My latest book is Understanding Media Production (Routledge). I have also published a number of articles on the theory and practice of media production including a chapter in the recent Making Media collection edited by Deuze and Prenger.

My background is in TV and radio development and production  I worked for the BBC as Head of Development for Documentary and Specialist Factual, leading a team of producers developing new content (formats, series, documentaries and drama documentaries) for BBC Television channels and platforms. Previously I directed and produced a wide range of drama, documentary, current affairs, news, arts and entertainment programmes (Panorama, Rough Justice, Inside Story).


Research Grants

  • PI Creative Enterprise Zone, Harrow Consortium (GLA)
  • Principal Investigator for the Technology Strategy Board funded Radio Connected Research & Development project working with UK Radio broadcasters (such as Radioplayer and Mixcloud) to develop and evaluate new digital platforms for radio.
  • Co-investigator for the AHRC Digital Transformations Research Development Grant 'Community-powered transformations' working with The Tate, The British Library, the BBC and University College London to explore how arts and cultural organisations can use digital media to engage with audiences.
  • Professional Practice Research Consultant to Propeller TV (Strategic Consultancy to UK's only Chinese owned TV channel, on Sky platform and IPTV.
  • Advised on programme acquisition and development, expansion into UK and partnership with China's Cultural Industry Investment Fund (CCIF) and China's Media regulator (SARFT)

Appointments Until 2008

  • I worked for the BBC including as Head of Development for Documentary and Specialist Factual, working with BBC Channel Controllers and Genre Commissioners and leading a team of producers developing new content (formats, series, documentaries and drama documentaries) for BBC Television channels and platforms.
  • Previously he directed and produced a wide range of drama, documentary, current affairs, news, arts and entertainment programmes (Panorama, Rough Justice, Inside Story). In 2007 Film selected for the Input Festival in Geneva 2006 Nominated for a Grierson Documentary Awards for Best Drama Documentary.


  • Communication and Media Research Institute

In brief

Research areas

Media industries and media production, creative economy and enterprise, freelancing

Supervision interests

Media industries, media production, theory and practice