Job title: Lecturer, Contemporary Art Theory and Practice

Role: ECA Equalities Director (job share); Director of Visual Culture in the School of Art


Research outputs: Dr Deborah Jackson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Deborah Jackson is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, she teaches Visual Culture in the School of Art on the BA programme and also on the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme.  She is also the course co-ordinator for MA Contemporary Art Theory - Curating; Practices; Methods; Self-Organise, and BA/MaFA - Artistic Research; and BA Visual Culture 4th Year. Deborah co-supervises MPhil/PhD students and is always interested in new enquiries in the areas associated with her research.

Current Supervisees:

  • Daniela Lara Espinoza: Co-supervision with Dr. Juliette MacDonald & Lindy Richardson, School of Design, ECA
  • Rosa Santibanez: Co-supervision with Dr. Angela Dimitrakaki, History of Art, ECA
  • Mary Mulvehill: Co-supervisor with Dr. Sophia Lycouris, Interdisciplinary Art Research, ECA
  • Biung Ismahasan: Co-supervisor with Dr. Sophia Lycouris, Interdisciplinary Art Research, ECA

 Deborah is the convenor for the School of Art research cluster group Futurity/Society/Action. She is also a curator, writer, Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, and the Lead Editor for Visual Culture in Britain.

From 2005-2007 Deborah was co-Director of Embassy, 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 also works as a Curatorial Researcher at Talbot Rice, the public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh.

Academic qualifications

  • 2013 PhD, University of Edinburgh
  • 2006 MSc in Contemporary Art and Art Theory, Edinburgh College of Art
  • 1999 BA Hons: Fine Art Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art


Research interests

Self-organisation; curating; artist-run initiatives; critical practice; art and social process; alternative methods of production and display of contemporary art; alternative economies; feminism & intersectionality.