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Visualities Research Group

A School-wide research group focusing on the visual dimensions of human societies.

We bring together an interdisciplinary and dynamic range of research interests. We explore the theoretical, cultural, methodological, ethical, and communicative significance of the visual dimensions of human societies.

The Visualities Research Group comprises academic and research staff. It has a strong core of doctoral candidates in Geography, Politics, and Sociology.

This eclectic and cross-disciplinary orientation creates an inclusive research environment. It incorporates research in global, national, and regional contexts, as well as within everyday settings.


Our research in the Visualities Research Group is broad in its scope and ambitions. For example, our think-pieces make use of visual media to interrogate social and political theory. We explore how the construction and negotiation of identities and lived experiences mobilise visual technologies and surfaces.

Our work is innovative. We add to conventional research methods such as:

  • ethnography
  • discourse analytic approaches
  • focus group and in-depth interviewing

We are developing and expanding a range of methods and data-generating techniques, including:

  • photo-elicitation
  • digital storytelling
  • creative design and exhibition
  • mobile methodologies
  • virtual methodologies
  • documentary film

At the Visualities Research Group, we advance methodological portfolios which promote engagement with non-academic researchers and audiences. We achieve this through different kinds of participatory and action research approaches.

We aspire to produce leading research which:

  • makes a significant intellectual contribution
  • has utility for policy-makers and professional stakeholders
  • nurtures knowledge transfer at the interface of the academy and a wide spectrum of user-communities


We have organised our research under six broad themes.