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Area of academic expertise - outline

Maggie has over fifteen years teaching experience within the HE sector. In 2016, she was awarded her PhD from the University of Glasgow, the title of her doctoral thesis being: The Missing and the Murdered: Crime Narratives in the Mediated Public Sphere. Currently, the focus of her research interests are situated within the area of mediated representations of crime with a particular emphasis on the missing and the murdered child. In addition to this, Maggie's research also addressess related societal responses and cultural practices following the death of young children, specifically, public participation and mourning rituals. Aside from her research activity, she also contirbutes to the Broadcast Production and Filmmaking and Screenwriting Programmes at UWS in subject areas relating to TV drama, American Television and Research Methods. Maggie has served on a variety of institutional committees e.g. Degree Validation, Disciplinary Committee, Assessment Working Group, Equality and Diversity Panel. Maggie has membership of MeccSA and RTS has also served as an External Examiner. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Mediated public sphere
  • Mediated responses to missing and murdered children 
  • Victims families
  • Community responses to murdered and missing children
  • Public participation and contemporary mourning practices in relation to the murdered and the missing

Current research activities

  • Examination of contemporary mourning practices and issues relating to bereavement, loss and well-being.
  • Victims families and community responses to grief and bereavement

Desired research direction

  • Submit research bid for small-scale (pilot) project that would involve working with families of missing and murdered children. It is anticipated that this would also include external charitable stakeholders.

External positions

External Examiner

15 Dec 201030 Jun 2015


  • NE Print media
  • Media Studies, Sociology of Media

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Research Output

"Failings in the duty of care": mediated discourses on "children at risk"

Sweeney, M., 28 May 2020, Discourses of Care: Media Practices and Cultures. Holdsworth, A., Lury, K. & Tweed, H. (eds.). 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Missing but assumed dead: public participation and the complexity of mourning practices

    Sweeney, M., 14 Jun 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Activities

    • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

    Impact of Crime

    Maggie Sweeney (Participant)

    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement