Portrait of Dr Martin Cooper Dr Martin Cooper

m.cooper@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478407



Biography

Martin Cooper is the Assistant Subject Leader of Journalism & Media. He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2001 after two decades in the radio industry. He teaches modules in radio theory and practice, including broadcast genre studies, radio journalism and radio production. He also leads sessions in politics and world affairs for journalists.

Martin has worked as a reporter, newsreader, programme presenter, political host, and head of news for stations including BBC Radios York, Derby and Leicester. He's also had spells as a production journalist at the BBC World Service and BBC Look North TV in Leeds, as well as freelancing as a newsreader for commercial radio stations in the Yorkshire and East Midlands regions.

He is a specialist in Brazilian culture (the subject of his PhD), speaks fluent Portuguese, and regularly visits the Amazon region of Brazil. He is a guitarist with the worship band at New Life Christian Centre in Wakefield, and is currently studying guitar part-time at the Leeds College of Music. Martin also holds an adult bronze medal (with honours) in tap dancing.

Research and Scholarship

 Publications:

(1) Cooper, M. and Macaulay, K. (2015) ‘Contemporary Christian radio in Britain: A new genre on the national dialRadio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media , 13 (1-2), 2015, pp. 75-87. ISSN 1476-4504

(2) ‘Brazil: Modernity and MobilityMobility in History , 6, pp. 97-104, 2015. ISSN 978-1-78238-814-2

(3) Brazilian Railway Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2011. ISBN: 1-4438-3191-3

(4) ‘The railway in Brazilian fiction: Negotiating modernity, 1888-1980’, The Journal of Transport History, Third Series, Vol. 32, No. 1, June 2011, pp. 66-82.

(5)Re-presenting the railways of São Paulo state, Brazil, through media texts 1865-2003’, Revista TsT, Madrid  http://www.tstrevista.com/, No. 21, 2011 pp. 172-194.

(6) ‘Railway Museums in Brazil: State Politics and the Rise of the Volunteer MuseumJournal of the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums , 28 (1), pp. 51-56 (2009). ISSN 9783936240245

(7) ‘Museum review: Brazilian railway heritage in search of an audienceJournal of Transport History , 23 (2), pp. 184-187 (2002). ISSN 0022 5266

(8) ‘Trust or Bust: York Museums and Art Gallery Trust’, Museums Journal, London, April 2002, pp. 16-17.

(9) Co-Editor and contributor: Olhares Sobre a Amazônia: Looking at the Amazon with Dr Miguel Nenevé and Marilene Proença, a bi-lingual collection of essays analysing foreign writing on the Amazon region, Terceira Margem, São Paulo-SP, Brazil, August 2001

Martin Cooper's specialisms include the study of radio culture as a technological ensemble, both in Britain and in Latin America. He is particularly interested in the way in which radio is represented in TV drama, cinema, literature and popular music.

His PhD thesis, 'Brazilian Railway Culture', completed in 2008, is a cross-media exploration of the place of the railway in Brazilian life and art – including film, TV soap opera, fiction, samba and steam railway museums in the country.

He has led media training sessions of journalists based in the Amazon region and given conference papers in Brazil on further and higher education provision.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

Cooper, M. and Macaulay, K. (2015) ‘Contemporary Christian radio in Britain: A new genre on the national dialRadio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media , 13 (1-2), pp. 75-87. ISSN 1476-4504

Cooper, M (2015) ‘Brazil: Modernity and MobilityMobility in History , 6, pp. 97-104. ISSN 978-1-78238-814-2

2011

Cooper, M (2011) ‘Re-presenting the railways of São Paulo state, Brazil, through media texts 1865-2003TsT Revista (21), pp. 172-194. ISSN 1578-5777

Cooper, M (2011) Brazilian Railway Culture . Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-3191-8

Cooper, M (2011) ‘The railway in Brazilian fiction: Negotiating modernity, 1888-1980The Journal of Transport History , 32 (1), pp. 66-82. ISSN 0022-5266

2009

Cooper, M (2009) ‘Railway Museums in Brazil: State Politics and the Rise of the Volunteer MuseumJournal of the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums , 28 (1), pp. 51-56. ISSN 9783936240245

2002

Cooper, M (2002) ‘Museum review: Brazilian railway heritage in search of an audienceJournal of Transport History , 23 (2), pp. 184-187. ISSN 0022 5266

Cooper, M (2002) ‘Museum review: Brazilian railway heritage in search of an audienceThe Journal of Transport History , 23 (2), pp. 184-187. ISSN 0022-5266

Esteem

  • National Union of Journalists - Member 1982 - present
  • Higher Education Academy – Fellow, Dec 2009

“Memories and Promises”, a personally curated photographic exhibition telling the story of the Madeira Mamoré Railway and the English-speaking Afro-Caribbean families who helped to build it. The touring exhibition, which was financially supported by Yorkshire Arts, was shown in Brazil (2000), Glasgow (2000), Cambridge (2000), and Yorkshire (2001-2).

 

Research Degree Supervision

Martin Cooper is particularly interested in discussing projects with postgraduate students at both MA and PhD level in the following research areas:

  • Radio history
  • Cultural histories of radio
  • Radio heritage
  • Radio equipment and cultures of technology.

In addition he welcomes proposals of a multi-disciplinary and transnational/comparative nature which broaden the scope from UK-based studies to include Latin American and developing nations’ radio industries.

Recent postgraduate student research projects supervised include: an oral history of the BBC in Yorkshire (radio and TV) from 1932 to 1985; and an analysis of cricket writing in the Yorkshire Post during the inter-war years.

Enterprise Activities

  • Non-executive Director, Reach Beyond (the working name of HCJB-UK), a registered charity working worldwide to provide radio broadcasting and healthcare solutions.
  • Radio Training - Whistling Frog Productions, part of HCJB-UK Christian Broadcasting, Bradford. 2011-2013
  • News Training - Radio Worldwide, part of WEC International Christian Ministries, Rothwell, Leeds. 2011-present
  • News Training - Branch FM, Dewsbury, 2015-present

 

Administrative Responsibilities

Member of the University Senate, representing the School of Music, Humanities and Media

Teaching and Professional Activities

Assistant Subject Leader, Journalism and Media