Professor Jon Dovey

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media in ACE.  Jon spent the first 15 years of his working life in video production, as a researcher, editor and  producer in documentary and experimental video, co founding original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984. His current research practices are in Pervasive Media, Documentary Studies, Cultural Value, Creative Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange for Innovation. In 2008 he launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE, which he Directed until 2012. He was a Knowledge Transfer Fellow at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio from 2010 – 12, co-authoring the Pervasive Media Cookbook. 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 and Watershed, REACT is an Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration aiming to produce 60 innovative media prototypes in four years. He is also Co Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project where he leads a strand on the impact of informal creative economies on communities.

He recently supervised Dr. Sy Taffel’s PhD on Media Ecologies, and Dr. Tomas Rawlings’ on Software and Evolution. He is currently supervising Tine Bech’s practice based investigation of Play and Interactive Technology; Jo Morrison’s research into Physical Digital Objects in the Public Realm; Dan Dixon’s design ethnography of Pervasive Gaming and Josh Jarrett’s PhD in Participatory Cultures on Computer Gaming.

Please contact me if you are interested in PhD supervision, research collaboration, publication or other beguiling japes.

Twitter @ProffJon

 Recent publications include:

‘This great mapping of ourselves’ – New Documentary Forms Online in The Documentary Cinema Book with Mandy Rose ed Brian Winston BFI Forthcoming 2013

Happy and We Know It : Documentary: Data: Montage’ with Mandy Rose in Studies in Documentary Film Vol 6 No 2 Intellect 2013

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

The Pervasive Media Cookbook  with Constance Fleuriot available at (

‘Time Slice;Web Drama and the Attention Economy – in  Ephemeral Media ed Paul Grainge Palgrave 2011 (presentation video at

Towards a Language of Mobile Media with Constance Fleuriot in The Mobile Audience Media Art & Mobile Technologies ed Martin Rieser Rodopi 2011 Amsterdam & New York

Straw Men or Cyborgs ?Dovey J & Lister M 2009  Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture Volume 1 Number 1  Intellect Press

Simulating the Public Sphere in Rethinking Documentary New Perspectives and Practices ed Austin T & de Jong W McGraw Hill   2008 pp 246 – 257

Previous publications include:

Game Cultures Dovey J & Kennedy H W Open University Press 2006

New MediaA Critical Introduction  Lister M, Dovey J, Giddings S, Grant I and Kelly K. Routledge 2003 and 2009

FreakshowsFirst Person Media And Factual TV Pluto Press July 2000. Monograph

Fractal Dreams, New Media In Social Context, edited Jon Dovey, Lawrence And Wishart 1996  (Edited Collection)