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.  Part of the 1980s wave of independent Film & TV workshops, he worked with video as a writer, editor and researcher in broadcast TV. He co-founded original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984, exhibiting internationally for ten years. He has worked at Plymouth University, UWE Bristol and Bristol University teaching a wide range of film, media and digital courses in both practice and theory. In 2008 he launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol which he Directed until 2012.

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 Bristol and Watershed, REACT was an  Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration that produced over 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. Recently he was also Co-I on Bristol and Bath by Design, evaluating the design ecology of the region.

Jon is currently leading the Ambient Literature Research Project into new forms of contextually responsive literary experience,  and working in other projects on cultural evaluation and urban systems challenges. He is currently developing a Creative Economy research unit, a new Masters programme for Creative Producers and writing a book, ‘The Practice of Cultural Ecology


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