Mandy Rose is a Professor of Documentary & Digital Cultures in the School of Creative & Cultural Industries at UWE Bristol. Her research engages with evolving documentary forms – aesthetics, ethics, audiences, co-creative practices, and with the potential of documentary to respond to climate and ecological emergency.
Mandy is Co-Investigator on the UKRI Strength in Places My World programme, a £36m screen-based media R & D programme led by University of Bristol. From 2017-2020 she was Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters project, a £1.2m year project that interrogated the application of virtual reality for nonfiction. She is Co-Convenor of i-Docs with Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi.
Mandy spent the first twenty years of her working life in TV and film production, as a sound recordist, producer, director in documentary and factual television. In the early nineties, she co-founded and series-produced the ground-breaking BBC 2 project Video Nation. Since then, she has engaged with the participatory, interactive and immersive potentials of digital nonfiction media, first in a context of media practice, and since 2009, as an academic researcher.
Mandy joined UWE Bristol as a Senior Research Fellow in 2009, on an AHRC Practice-based Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts that explored co creative practices within emerging documentary. Between 2014 and 2022 she was Director of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. She serves on the Pervasive Media Studio Executive Board as one of the UWE representatives in the Creative Technologies Partnership between UWE, University of Bristol and Watershed. Her recent writing appears in Studies in Documentary Film, World Records and Convergence