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.  He 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 and exhibiting internationally.  He has taught at Plymouth University, UWE and Bristol University teaching a wide range of film, media and digital courses in both practice and theory. In 2008 he launched (UWE’s) Digital Cultures Research Centre 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 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 ( He is currently Co-I on ‘Bristol and Bath by Design’ evaluating the design ecology of the region, and a lead supervisor on the 3D3 UWE, Falmouth, Plymouth doctoral training centre. His new research Project into Ambient Literature launches in June 2016. His research interest is in technology and cultural form currently focussed on Pervasive Media, Documentary Studies, Cultural Value, Creative Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange for Innovation.

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

Twitter @ProffJon

 Recent publications include:

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.

Technology and the Creative Citizen Jerome Turner, Dan Lockton and Jon Dovey in Creative Citizen Unbound (2016) ed Hargreaves I & Hartley J. 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.

‘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)