Job title: Lecturer in Animation, School of Design

Role: Director of Postgraduate Research, Design; Programme Director MPhil/PhD Design


Office address: North East Studio Building, I.03

Research outputs: Dr Nichola Dobson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Nichola Dobson is a leading scholar in Animation Studies. Currently the President of the Society for Animation Studies she promotes scholarship around theory and practice in Animation. Founding editor of the online, peer reviewed journal, Animation Studies (2006 - 2011) and Animation Studies 2.0 (2012- present), she has published widely on animation, television genre and fan fiction, including Norman McLaren: Between the Frames (2018) for Bloomsbury, The Animation Studies Reader (co-ed and authored, Bloomsbury 2018) and Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons (2009) for Scarecrow Press. She is currently working on a book on TV animation with Paul Ward for Edinburgh University Press and a second edition of the Historical Dictionary. She gained her PhD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2004, organised and chaired the 2010 Society for Animation Studies annual conference and has worked at Edinburgh College of Art since 2010.

She has presented keynote addresses at numerous conferences and events both internationally, focusing on the large project on Scottish Animator Norman McLaren.

Lecturer in Animation at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Course organiser for Animating Stories; Animation 3: Issues of Representation; Visual Narratives in Design and Screen Cultures; Screen Cultures (level 10 & 11); Animation 2C: Documentary and What's Up Doc, Introducing Animation Studies.

My research has always been around promoting and developing animation history more broadly and the field of animation studies specifically. I have a long standing (since 2000) interest in TV animation, genre and comedy which has recently included issues around voice, performance, identity and animation production. My research into Scottish animator Norman McLaren has yeilded outputs in a variety of aspects of archives and the ethics of personal practice; queer representation; national identity and experimental animation, with a series of international presentations and publications.  I am currently working on developing archives and the consideration of their educational value.

I am happy to supervise students with an interest in most aspects of animation.

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

  • ​Animation theory
  • Animation History
  • TV Animation
  • Performance
  • Archives