Acting Associate Head of Division


Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Lesley-Ann Dickson (PhD, MSc, BA Hons) is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division. She is also a full member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

Lesley joined the Media, Communication and Performing Arts division at Queen Margaret University in 2015. Prior to QMU, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the West of Scotland and held teaching roles at the University of Stirling and University of Glasgow. Lesley obtained her PhD in Film Studies from the University of Glasgow, which was funded under the AHRC’s former Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme. She also holds an MSc in Publishing Studies from Edinburgh Napier University, and founded her own publishing business in 2012. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Organiser of the Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference (EIFAC)
  • Member of Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Member of Network for European Cinema Studies (NECS)
  • Member of the Film Festival Studies Research Network

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre membership:

Her research interests are primarily focused on cultural exhibition, reception and participation, with a special interest in cinema and film festivals. Her current Carnegie-funded research considers the children/youth film festival phenomenon, focusing on two case studies in Scotland. She heads up the Edinburgh International Film Audience Conference – a biannual event that brings together scholars working on empirical film audience research.

Active Research Interests:

  • Film festivals
  • Cinema culture
  • Media audience reception
  • Children’s media
  • Cultural production and participation
  • Audience research methods
  • Gender and the arts
  • Fandom
  • Media convergence
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion/exclusion

Research Methods:

  • Case study
  • Ethnography
  • Industry-partnered research
  • Elite interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Content Analysis

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Carnegie Research Incentive Grant, ‘Children/Youth Film Festivals: An empirical study of young people’s experiences at film festivals in Scotland’ (awarded 2016)

Other Funding:

  • Santander Research Incentive Grant (awarded 2016)
  • AHRC Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) (awarded 2013)
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Travel Grant (awarded 2013)
  • New Initiatives Fund, University of Glasgow (awarded 2013)
  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award full PhD studentship for ‘Film Festivals and Cinema Audiences: An Investigation of Glasgow Film Festival Audiences and their relationship with Glasgow Film Theatre’ (2010-13) (awarded 2010)
  • CDA Training Support Allowance (awarded 2010-2013)

Lesley predominantly teaches film, media and communication subjects.