Professor Jon Dovey

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol.  Part of the 1980s wave of independent Film & TV workshops, he worked with video as a writer, editor and researcher in broadcast TV. He co-founded original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984, exhibiting internationally for ten years. He has worked at Plymouth University, UWE Bristol and Bristol University teaching a wide range of film, media and digital courses in both practice and theory. In 2008 he launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol which he Directed until 2012.

In 2012 he became the Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies) one of four Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the AHRC. Led by UWE Bristol and Watershed, REACT was an  Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration that produced over 50 innovative media prototypes in four years. He was also Co Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project, where he led a strand on the impact of informal creative economies on communities. Recently he was also Co-I on Bristol and Bath by Design, evaluating the design ecology of the region.

Jon is currently leading the Ambient Literature Research Project into new forms of contextually responsive literary experience,  and working in other projects on cultural evaluation and urban systems challenges. He is currently developing a Creative Economy research unit, a new Masters programme for Creative Producers and writing a book, ‘The Practice of Cultural Ecology’.

Twitter: @ProffJon

Recent publications include:

Dovey J, Moreton S & Hargreaves I (2016) The REACT Report

Dovey J Moreton S Pratt W & Verami T 2016 Creative Hubs British Council 2016

Parraman et al (2016) The Bristol and Bath by Design Report 2016.

Who Wants To Become Banal ? The Idoc From Avant Garde To Industry inThe Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary ed Aston J Gaudenzi S & Rose M Wallflower Press 2017.

 View Over Bristol Dr Shawn Sobers, Professor Jon Dovey, Dr Emma Agusita (2017) in Ahmet Atay & Jay Brower Eds Separately Together: Ethnographic Engagements of the City Lexington Books Forthcoming Under Review

Community Film as Social Innovation: Value, Agency and Transformation Dr Shawn Sobers, Professor Jon Dovey, Dr Emma Agusita (2017) in Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places ed Malika S Chapain C & Communian R BFI Palgrave Press Forthcoming under review

Citizenship, Value & Digital Culture Jon Dovey Giota Alevizou and Andy Williams in Creative Citizen Unbound ed Hargreaves I & Hartley J. (2016)  Policy Press Bristol.

From Networks to Complexity David Harte, Jon Dovey, Emma Agusita and Theodore Zamenopoulos Creative Citizen Unbound ed Hargreaves I & Hartley J. (2016)  in Policy Press Bristol.

Rethinking value: network connectivity in the creative economy Jon Dovey & Simon Moreton in Cultural Trends Vol. 25, No. 2 (2016).

Ambient Literature – Framing Coalescence : in Ubiquitous Computing Complexity and Culture  eds Ekman, Bolter, Diaz, Sondergaard and Engberg. MIT Mass 2016.

Cultural Value Networks  with Goetz Bachman, Jeanette Monaco and Bill Sharpe Report for AHRC Connected Communities 2012 summary available at