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Dr Daniel  Ashton  BA MA MA PhD SFHEA

Programme Leader, MA Global Media Management

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Dr Daniel Ashton is Programme Leader for MA Global Media Management within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton.

I teach and research in the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. I have published my research on topics including digital media technologies, creative industries labour and policy, and participatory cultures. I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate course and am a PhD supervisor. I have also worked in partnership with a range of cultural organisations on public exhibitions, teaching initiatives, and research bids.

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I research in the areas of media, cultural and creative industries and participatory cultures. My AHRC funded PhD (Lancaster University) examined working in the creative and cultural industries and questions around identity and relationships with digital technologies. I am the co-editor of Cultural Work and Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan), and have published work in a range of academic journals, including: Convergence; Journal of Education and Work; Journal of Cultural Economy; Games & Culture; Fibreculture; and Television & New Media.

I am currently undertaking research on arts funding with a number of Southampton-based arts organisations. This research is supported by the Winchester School of Art Strategic Research Fund and involves a series of workshops and research visits.

Other recent research activities include: running an inter-disciplinary research workshop with Dr Brian Hracs (Geography, University of Southampton) on the translocal nature of cultural scenes; conference presentations in Portugal and the Czech Republic on amateur cultural production (with Professor Paul Long, Birmingham City University); and co-editing a special issue of Convergence on ‘Digital Writing’ with colleagues from Bath Spa University.

I have forthcoming contributions to the edited collections: The International Handbook of Media Literacy; Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Innovation, Policy and Practice’; and The 'new normal' of working lives: critical studies in contemporary work and employment (with Karen Patel, Birmingham City University).

I am currently on the supervisory team for four PhD researchers:

  • Aurelia Ayisi (at Bath Spa University with Dr Ranji Devadason)
  • Raxi Dixit (University of Southampton with Dr Ashok Ranchhod and Dr Julia Wolny)
  • Stuart Francis (University of Southampton with Dr Ashok Ranchhod and Dr Nik Mahon)
  • Samantha Schäfer (University of Southampton with Dr Calum Kerr and Dr Seth Giddings)

I have also participated in PhD admissions interviews, upgrade panels, and thesis examinations. I welcome hearing from those interested in undertaking research at WSA/University of Southampton in the following areas: arts funding; creative and cultural industries; digital cultures; media industries, organisations and production; participatory cultures.

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I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and hold a MA in Professional Practice in Higher Education. I have led two HEA funded research projects in relation to working in the creative and cultural industries, and published pedagogic research in journals including Journal of Further and Higher Education and British Journal of Sociology of Education. I have undertaken roles as an external examiner and on validation panels for several UK universities.

From 2008 to 2015 I taught on the Media Communications and the Creative Media Practice degree programmes at Bath Spa University (UK). I joined WSA as the MA Pathway Leader for Global Media Management in April 2015. In 2016-17 I am the module coordinator for Design 2.

MA Global Media Management explores critical understandings of the technological, social, cultural and political implications of changes associated with the global development of the Internet, social networks and mobile media. There is strong focus on media practice and applying academic debates and industry perspectives to the investigation of media organisations, consumers and audiences, and digital innovation. Case studies and research explored with students examine strategies and management techniques employed by commercial, non government (NGO) and community based (CBO) organisations, how creative ideas are developed, and how audiences and users respond to them, or generate their own media material.

Distinctive parts of the programme include study visits, guest speaker lectures, and research-informed learning and teaching linked to the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media. Each year there is an annual symposium in which students on the programme join with invited academic researcher and industry practitioners to explore a specific theme. GMM has so far hosted the ‘Ludic Economies’ (2015) and ‘Creative Organisations’ (2016) symposiums.

For more information please visit the MA Global Media Management course page
 
For updates please visit the WSA blog.

Dr Daniel Ashton
Winchester School of Art University of Southampton Park Avenue Winchester Hampshire SO23 8DL

Room Number:63A/1035

Telephone:(023) 8059 6910
Email:D.K.Ashton@soton.ac.uk

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