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Dr Deborah Jackson

Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Open Studies Tutor

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Contemporary art; 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).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
The Shifting Focus of Traditional Centres of Contemporary Art
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Arts, Glasgow School of Art

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseContemporary Art Theory and Practice, Curating, DiY practices


Dr Deborah Jackson is the Director of Visual Culture at Edinburgh College of Art as well as the Director of Equalities. She is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and has taught at ECA since 2006.  

Deborah teaches across the BA programme and is the Director of the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. She supervises MPhil/PhD students and is interested in new enquiries in the areas associated with her research.

Current Supervisees:

  • Daniela Lara Espinoza: 1st supervisor, with co-supervisors Dr. Juliette MacDonald & Lindy Richardson, School of Design, ECA
  • Rosa Santibanez: 1st supervisor with co-supervisor Dr Ross Sinclair, Glasgow School of Art
  • Quinn Garrison: 1st supervisor, with co-supervisors Prof Vicky Gunn, GSA & Jason E. Bowman, University of Gothenburg

She is also a curator, writer, Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, and the Lead Editor for Visual Culture in Britain, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge.

From 2006-2008 Deborah was co-Director of Embassy (est. 2004), an artist-run gallery in Edinburgh. 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.

Research outputs

  1. Artists Running: 50 Years of Scottish Cultural Devolution

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Painting Not Painting

    Research output: Other contribution

  3. We who are about to...

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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Research activities & awards

  1. The Glasgow School of Art

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

  2. The Scottish Society for Art History’s Study Day 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Celebrating Women in Sound, 8 March 2018, Goldsmiths University, London (Event)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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