Senior Lecturer Journalism and Communication

Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist and producer in print, broadcast and online, including 15 years at BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. At the BBC she produced and presented a range of output across education, current affairs, arts, science and documentaries for UK and international audiences. In 2007 she went part-time at the BBC to teach media production and journalism at the University of Brighton, where she completed a PhD part-time in 2017. She joined Falmouth University's School of Writing and Journalism in 2019, where she teaches journalism and communication theory and practice, specialising in radio/audio production.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2017 PhD University of Brighton
2011 PgCert University of Brighton
1994 BA(Hons) University of Kent

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Abigail Wincott's particular areas of knowledge and interest are in audio production and in how professional cultures adapt to changes in technology and wider society. For example how new forms of expertise are negotiated through alternative food discourses online and changing expectations of editorial compliance and media ethics.
She has worked extensively on heritage discourses in the media, investigating the role 'heritage' plays in framing debates about food poverty and thrifty living, and issues like biodiversity and food justice.

Recently she has used location based media to work with museums, archives and community groups to create new kinds of heritage space where many heritage visions can take shape, and many different pasts be remembered through stories, images and sound. Sound is often a neglected sense in the media and in heritage and Wincott is now developing new work is concentrating on the potential for acoustic modelling and historic soundscapes on mobile phones.

She is currently researching immersive or spatial sound for radiophonic journalism. In the age of headphone listening, binaural is experiencing a renaissance. It offers new creative possibilities for factual storytelling, but presents new challenges to the grammar and conventions of speech radio, production processes and even the identity of journalists.

Abigail Wincott is interested in supervising students in media, journalism and cultural studies, particularly in the following areas:
- New technology and changing professional cultures in journalism and heritage sector
- Audio/radio journalism and sound studies
- Discourse approaches to researching journalism and popular culture
- Practice-based journalism research projects
- Spatial media (location-based or locative media, immersive and mobile media)
- Heritage and new technology
- Heritage, space and place
- Heritage and popular culture

Research Topics

  • Journalism Studies
  • Immersive Media
  • Sound
  • Heritage

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs


Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID:, Martin, Jean and Richards, Ivor (2022) Telling stories in soundspace: placement, embodiment and authority in immersive audio journalism. Radio Journal, 19 (2). ISSN 14764504 (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID:, Ravenscroft, Neil ORCID logoORCID: and Gilchrist, Paul (2020) Roses and Castles: Competing visions of canal heritage and the making of place. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26 (8). pp. 737-752. ISSN 1352-7258

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Treasure in the vault: the guardianship of 'heritage' seeds, fruit and vegetables. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (6). pp. 627-642. ISSN 13678779

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Heritage in danger or mission accomplished? Diverging accounts of endangerment, conservation and 'heritage' vegetables in print and online. Food, Culture and Society, 18 (4). pp. 569-588. ISSN 1552-8014

Book Section

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: (2018) When Carrots Become Posh: Untangling the Relationship Between 'Heritage' Foods and Social Distinction. In: Alternative Food Politics: From the margins to the mainstream. Critical Food Studies . Routledge, London and New York. ISBN 978-1-138-30080-4

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: (2016) The allotment in the restaurant: the paradox of foodie austerity and changing food values. In: Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today. Research in Cultural and Media Studies . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 28-41. ISBN 978-1138942943

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: and Griffin, Kathleen (2013) Interactivity beyond the Newsroom: a study of the interactive relationship in two BBC radio productions. In: Public Service Media in the Digital Age. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 69-88. ISBN 9781443853033

Report or Working Paper

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID:, Martin, Jean and Richards, Ivor (2020) Spatial Awareness: State of the art and future needs of spatial audio journalism. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.


Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Growing Heritage. Routledge, Abingdon; New York. ISBN 9781138300835 Item availability may be restricted.


Courses taught

  • Journalism BA(Hons)
  • Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
  • Sports Journalism BA(Hons)