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Dr Deborah Jackson

Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Open Studies Tutor

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Willingness to take Ph.D. 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

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

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 also on the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. She is also the course organises for Taught Post Graduate (TPG) Visual Cultures. She supervises MPhil/PhD students and is always 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. Angela Dimitrakaki, History of Art, ECA

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. Artist-Run Initiatives: Locating History in the Present

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  2. Explicit and Tacit Exclusionism

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  3. Educate, Agitate, Organise

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Research activities & awards

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

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. External Subject Specialist

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner or Assessor

  3. The Plaza - A living archive of artist-run activity in Edinburgh

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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