Dr Caroline Mitchell

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Senior Lecturer in Radio

I have been involved in community media production, activism and research for over 30 years. I was co-founder of Fem FM, the first women's radio station in the UK (1992) and co-curated a digital archive of the station in 2014.

I have published widely about women and radio, including the edited volume ‘Women and Radio: Airing Differences’, (Routledge, 2000). From 2013-2016 I was PI for ´Transnational Radio Encounters´, investigating ways that community stations use radio to connect transnationally with similar minority ethnic, social and cultural groups. I was part of the team that developed radio.garden, a platform developed by Studio Puckey that has attracted over 28 million users since its launch in 2016. Since 2013 I have been part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded ArtWorks project.

In Sunderland, I co-ordinate ArtWorks-U, a support network for artists and creatives working in participatory settings, and am currently producing the 'Introduction to Participatory Arts' MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for the Canvas network. I am executive producer for the weekly radio programme ArtyParti which won 2016 Community Media Association award for best arts radio programme.

Teaching and supervision

I am the Programme Leader for MA Participatory Arts and Media and have contributed to undergraduate and MA modules in the following areas:

  • Radio Management
  • Radio Studies
  • Community Media
  • Community Radio theory and practices
  • Women and Radio


2015–17: Co-investigator, with Professor Trish Winter and Dr Andrew Richardson: 'Culture Map: 'Putting Southwick on the Map', to develop a new methodology for involving local communities in the evaluation of arts-led cultural interventions.

2013-16: Transnational Radio Encounters: Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio (Funder: HERA), including the Radio Garden.

2012-ongoing: Fem FM Archive, working with Bristol City Archives to establish a digital archive of the UK's first women's radio station.

2011-13: Community Media Applications and Participation (Funder: Lifelong Learning Programme. Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency. Grundtvig.)

2009-10: CrossTalk: Moving stories from across borders, cultures, generations (Funder: EU-Programme, Socrates-Grundvig).


Number of items: 16.


Mitchell, Caroline (2015) Re-Sounding Feminist Radio: A Journey through Women's Community Radio Archives. Feminist Media Histories, 1 (4). pp. 126-143. ISSN 2373-7492

Book Section

Mitchell, Caroline and Lewis, Peter M (2018) Community Radio and Transnational Identities. In: Transnationalizing Radio Research, New Approaches to an Old Medium. transcript, Verlag Bielefeld, pp. 33-46. ISBN 978-3-8376-3913-1

Mitchell, Caroline (2014) Breaking the sound barrier, histories and practices of women´s radio. In: Routledge Companion to British Media History. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 345-355. ISBN 9780415537186

Lewis, Peter and Mitchell, Caroline (2014) ‘Fomento de la cohesión social: el papel de los medios communitarios’ [Promoting social cohesion: the role of community media].In Chaparro Escudero, M. (Ed.) Medios de proximidad: participación social y políticas públicas. In: Medios de proximidad: participación social y políticas públicas. íMedia/ComAndalucia, pp. 249-270.

Mitchell, Caroline (2012) 'Praxis and participation in community radio training in Europe'. In: Community Radio in the 21st Century. Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 978-3-0343-0728-4

Lockwood, Alex, Mitchell, Caroline and Evi, Karasanathanapolou (2011) ‘Sparking Sustainability: an example from media practice’. In: Teaching Sustainability, Teaching Sustainably. Stylus, Grand Valley State. ISBN 978-1579227395

Mitchell, Caroline (2011) Voicing the Community: Participation and Change in Black and Minority Ethnic Local UK Radio. In: Postcolonial Media Culture in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, UK. ISBN 9780230545304

Mitchell, Caroline and Jones, Susan (2006) 'Networking Community Media - Web Radio as a participatory medium'. In: From the Margins to the Cutting Edge Community Media and Empowerment. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ. ISBN 1-57273-718-2

Mitchell, Caroline and Baxter, Ann (2006) Organic Radio: The Role of Social Partnerships In Creating Community Voices. In: From the Margins to the Cutting Edge: Community Media and Empowerment. Hampton Press, pp. 69-100. ISBN 1572737182

Mitchell, Caroline (2004) Dangerously Feminine? Theory and Praxis of Women's Alternative Radio. In: Women and Media: International Perspectives. Blackwell Publishers, pp. 157-184. ISBN 1405116080

Mitchell, Caroline (2002) On Air/Off Air: Defining Women's Radio Space in European Women's Community Radio. In: Community Media in the Information Age: Perspectives and Prospects. Hampton Press, pp. 85-105. ISBN 1572733721


Mitchell, Caroline, O'Shea, Anthony and Lister, Brian (2010) Managing Radio. Sound Concepts Limited. ISBN 978-1-4452-2312-4

Mitchell, Caroline (2000) Women and Radio: Airing Differences. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415220712


Mitchell, Caroline (2016) Women and radio - airing differences. On the importance of community radio as a space for women’s representation, participation and resistance. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.


Mitchell, Caroline, Winter, Trish and Richardson, Andrew (2017) Putting Southwick on the Map. [Artefact]

Mitchell, Caroline, Peter, Lewis, Golo, Föllmer, Per, Jauert, Jacob, Kreutzfeldt, Alexander, Badenoch and Sonja, de Leeuw (2016) radio.garden. [Artefact]

This list was generated on Sun Aug 18 18:23:38 2019 BST.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Women and radio, history and practices
  • Transnational radio
  • Black and minority ethnic community radio, history and practices
  • Community media and representations of migration
  • Theory and practices of participatory radio
  • Participatory arts evaluation methods
  • Community media training methods
  • Community media applications and participation

Other projects I have been involved with include:

Caroline Mitchell in the news

Last updated 11 June 2019