media, communication and digital cultures

Media, Communication & Digital Cultures

This theme includes:

  • praxis of curation
  • digital and social media research
  • creative digital citizenship
  • digital inclusion
  • disruptive digital platforms 

We have key staff with expertise in digital media, curatorial practice, events and communications. We have previous research commissions from Renfrewshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council and the Big Lottery. This area of work will utilise the expertise of our staff in examining affordances of digital and social media in enabling (and constraining) participation in civic life. Professor McGillivray led the Digital Commonwealth project and along with Professor McPherson and Dr Frew, has experience of digital storytelling, digital citizenship and tackling digital poverty. Professor Kosmala has experience of showcasing and exhibiting. A PhD studentship in culture, media and the transformation of place impressions, working closely with Renfrewshire Council, will be conducted through this theme.

Blogs on this this theme:

Paisley Book Festival Goes Digital

Following a successful and exhilarating first festival in February 2020, this year’s digital edition of Paisley Book Festival had to adapt quickly to fast changing circumstances. Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that last year’s event was staged in entirely...

Project Echo – An Introduction

The hosting of major sports events provide many benefits for the host cities including increased funding for infrastructure and development. However, less is known on the impact on specific population groups. Project Echo is an online research forum seeking to...

Welcome To The “Lockdown Lounge”

In late March 2020 I watched with disbelief as my diary of project meetings, stock deliveries and workshops was wiped as the corona virus pandemic hit, leaving me wondering what next for my small business? I’ve worked hard over the past five years to establish...

The Future of Events – A New CPD Programme for Event Practitioners

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes to the way we live our lives and interact with others. This was only too evident with national lockdowns putting an end to all but essential contact in early 2020. Being reliant on social contact and...

The PhD and the Pandemic Part Two: The ‘New Normal’ for a PhD Student

Back at the beginning of April, I wrote a short blog post sharing my experiences of some of the challenges of doing a PhD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes we might have been in lockdown, but the sun was shining and the colours of spring were beginning to bloom around...

21st Century Researcher Skills- Twitter Conferences

Many of us use social media to communicate with other likeminded academics and practitioners, and attending conferences and giving presentations is a key part of what we do, but what happens when you combine the two? A Twitter Conference! As an early career researcher...

‘Au revoir’ FESTSPACE & CCSE (But Hopefully Not An ‘Adieu’!)

This Thursday, I complete my last day at UWS before I move back to France to start a permanent job as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Amiens. As I have been a member of CCSE over the last two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the FESTSPACE project, I...

Why Every Little Helps the Arts to Thrive

“The genie is out of the bottle now,” said the delegate from Paris looking glumly out of my lap-top screen, “We are giving away all of this work for free. How will we ever get people to pay for the arts again?” It was June 2020 and I was attending one of those...

Third Sector Chief Exec-ing during Covid-19

Seven weeks in… These are my reflections on working as a third sector / civil society Chief Executive during these bizarre, unsettled and challenging times. The last few weeks have been inspiring and stressful in equal measure. I wanted to try to capture and publish...

Light in the Dark Days

On an average Monday morning at Wallace Street, I start my working day greeted by Margaret with her little Chihuahua pup in arms. She tells me about her latest knitted dog coat purchase as other bodies start to shuffle through the narrow corridor. We settle in a...