Deborah Jackson

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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Contemporary art; feminist art practice and theory; self-organising; curating and exhibitions; museology; instituting art; historiography; collaborative and participatory practice; artist-run initiatives; critical practice; art and social process; the political economy of creativity; communities of practice, interest and value; models for sustainability; alternative economies (e.g. participatory budgeting).

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Personal profile


Dr Deborah Jackson is the Director of Postgraduate Research - Art (MPhil/PhD) as well as the co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and has taught at ECA since 2006.  

Deborah teaches in the School of Art and she supervises MPhil/PhD students and is interested in new enquiries in the areas associated with her research.

Current Supervisees:

  • Rosa Santibanez: 1st supervisor with co-supervisor Dr Ross Sinclair (Glasgow School of Art)
  • Alberta Whittle: 1st supervisor with co-supervisors Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz and Prof. Graham Fagen (University of Dundee)
  • Quinn Garrison: 1st supervisor with co-supervisors Prof Vicky Gunn (Glasgow School of Art) and Jason E. Bowman (University of Gothenburg)
  • Nakul Krishnamurthy: 1st supervisor with co-supervisors Florian Hecker and Dr Lotte Hoek
  • Rose Dagul: 1st supervisor with co-supervisors Dr Glyn Davis and Dr Marian Jago
  • Qri Kim: 1st supervisor with co-supervisors Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz and Emma Gieben-Gamal
  • Lauren Pucket: co-supervisor with Dr Jessamy Kelly (1st supervisor) and Prof Juliette MacDonald (co-supervisor)
  • Bec Wonders: co-supervisor with Prof Susannah Thompson (1st supervisor, GSA) and Marianne Greated (co-supervisor, GSA)

She is also a curator, writer, Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.

Deborah was Editor for Visual Culture in Britain, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge (2015-21). She was co-Director of Embassy (est. 2004), an artist-run gallery in Edinburgh (2006-2008). She has also worked as Curator/Producer for the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival. She has also works as a Curatorial Researcher at Talbot Rice, the public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, The Shifting Focus of Traditional Centres of Contemporary Art, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 18 Sept 2014

Contemporary Art and Art Theory, Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 17 Nov 2006

BA Hons: FIne Art , Bachelor of Arts, Glasgow School of Art

Award Date: 19 Aug 1999

External positions

External Examiner, University of Reading

Jan 2021 → …

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

Sept 2019 → …

Editor , Visual Culture in Britain


Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art

Sept 2013 → …


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