Dr Ealasaid Munro
- Research Associate (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
I am a feminist geographer with a particular interest in cultural and creative geographies; digital technology and ICTs; geographies of care, and geographies of gender. My research integrates traditional social-scientific ways of understanding the social world with approaches taken from humanities disciplines such as literary studies; art, architecture and design; theatre, film and TV; media and communications, and cultural studies.
My research to date has largely been concerned with the functioning of cultural and creative economies, and the experience of working within these spheres. I am also interested in investigating the 'uses of culture', that is, how culture, creativity and the arts are used instrumentally by Government, policymakers, business and third-sector organisations but also, how cultural activity still represents a fertile breeding ground for debate, dissent and resistance. I am also concerned with the organisation of the research economy, in particular the practice of Knowledge Exchange.
I graduated in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in Geography from Strathclyde University. In 2008, I secured an MScR in Geosciences from the University of Edinburgh – my Masters research focused on body work and performance in the cultural industries.
I secured my PhD in Geosciences in 2012 from the University of Edinburgh. My PhD research focused on museums’ outreach and community engagement programmes; using the example of Glasgow Museums, I argued for a reconsideration of the museum as a space of care – not just for objects, but for people too. An ethnography of museum work provided me with the material needed to argue for greater academic engagement with the work of museum staff, and in particular, the body-work and affective labour now required to conduct front-line museum work.
Between 2011 and early 2013, I was employed as Teaching Fellow in Social Geography at the University of Edinburgh. During this time I lectured on an extremely diverse set of topics within the School of Geosciences. I was nominated for six Edinburgh University Students’ Association teaching awards (something I'm still proud of, four years later!).
The Major Minor Cinema: the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-71)
As of July 2016, I am the Research Associate on a project titled 'The Major Minor Cinema: the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-71)' in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television. This AHRC-funded project is an interdisciplinary exploration of mobile cinema in Scotland, and its effects on the communities of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The project is led by Dr Ian Goode (University of Glasgow Department of Theatre, Film and Television), in collaboration with Dr Sarah Neely (The University of Stirling), and Professor Callum Brown (University of Glasgow).
Past research at the University of Glasgow
From August 2015, I worked PTE on a project titled 'The impact of improved connectivity on rural creative entrepreneurs'. Funded by the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe), this project involved working with Community Broadband Scotland and rural creative entrepreneurs. Alongside this, I also worked on another CREATe-funded project, 'Voices of CREATe', which sought to assess the impact of the CREATe research hub and showcase the research done by CREATe-funded academics over the last four years.
From April 2015, I worked on a project titled: ‘Towards a model of support for rural creative industries in Scotland’. This project was a Knowledge Exchange project funded by the Research Strategy and Innovation Office at the University of Glasgow. The project was conducted in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise – the lead development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
From April 2013 - March 2015, I was employed on the AHRC-funded Supporting Creative Businesses project, working alongside Prof Philip Schlesinger and Dr Melanie Selfe to research the contemporary support landscape for creative businesses in Scotland. The Supporting Creative Businesses project was carried out in partnership with the Glasgow-based Cultural Enterprise Office.
January 2016 - present:Co-investigator - University of Glasgow Research Strategy and Innovation Office grant of £1000 to document the project 'The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities' with Dr Heather McLean.
October 2015 - present: Principal Investigator - RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) grant of £34,691 awarded for 'Voices of CREATe'.
August 2015 - present: Principal Investigator - RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) grant of £34,691 awarded for 'The impact of improved connectivity on rural creative entrepreneurs'.
April 2015 - July 2015: Principal Investigator - University of Glasgow Research Strategy and Innovation Office grant of £16, 540 for a project titled ‘Towards a model of support for rural creative industries in Scotland’, to be conducted in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS / FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
Munro, E. (2013) 'Collaborative Geographies: The Politics, Practicalities, and Promise of Working Together', by Craggs, R., Geoghegan, H., and Keighren, I (Eds). Journal of Historical Geography
Munro, E. (2011) ‘The Spaces of Organization and the Organization of Space’ by Dale, K., and Burrell, G. Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography
Munro, E. (2008) ‘Geography and Vision’, by Cosgrove, D. Scottish Geographical Journal
OTHERS: CONFERENCES, ELECTRONIC RESOURCES, EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS
September 2014 - International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Hildesheim (with Philip Schlesinger and Melanie Selfe): 'Researching a moving target: a study of Scotland’s Cultural Enterprise Office'
August 2014 - RGS-IBG Annual Meeting, London: 'Doing team ethnography: the impact of gender and career stage on the workings of an ethnographic research team'.
September 2014 - Travelling Dialogues, Isle of Skye: 'The 94%, or, why rural creativity matters'.
August 2013 - RGS-IBG Annual Meeting, London (with Nuala Morse): 'Museums' community engagement programmes in times of austerity'.
November 2012 – University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Postgraduate Seminar Series: ‘St Mungo’s Museum and the creation of post-secular space'.
July 2012 – RGS-IBG Annual Meeting, Edinburgh: ‘The therapeutic potential of the interview’ and ‘From caring for collections to care in the community: Understanding museums’ community engagement schemes as spaces of care’.
September 2011 – RGS-IBG Annual Meeting, London: ‘Thinking Critically About Museums and their Communities’
May 2011 – University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Postgraduate Seminar Series: ‘Community Empowerment and Museum Collaboration’
April 2011 – Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Washington DC: ‘From Governance to Guidance in the Cultural Sector’
March 2011 - University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Postgraduate Conference, poster presentation: ‘The Therapeutic Potential of Museums’.
September 2009 – Creative Industries and Communities Conference, University of Stoke, UK: ‘Museums and the Commemoration of Industrial Heritage’.
March 2009 - University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Postgraduate Conference: ‘Corporatizating Cultural Services: Thoughts From Glasgow’.
March 2008 - University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Postgraduate Conference: ‘Working in the Cultural Industries: Identity, Work, Space’.