Dr Lisanne Gibson

Dr Lisanne GibsonCollege Director of Research; Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5719

Email: lg80@le.ac.uk

 

Personal details

I am a specialist in cultural policy studies. I also work in the fields of heritage and museum studies and am interested in:

  • cultural participation and stratification
  • cultural values
  • cultural planning and development
  • nineteenth and early twentieth century histories of cultural programmes

I was awarded my PhD from Griffith University in Australia in 1999 - ‘Art and Citizenship: Governmental Intersections’ - and developed a Foucauldian analysis of the discursive relations between culture and government from the early nineteenth century to the present day, focusing on the history of museums as well as other cultural programs.

Since then, I have held Research Fellowships at:

  • the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy
  • Princeton University
  • The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne
  • The Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Griffith University
  • the Privatisation of Culture Project, New York University

In addition to my academic research and teaching, I have held positions on the management boards and committees of a number of different cultural organisations and have also undertaken commissioned research for a number of cultural organisations and governments.

I joined the School of Museum Studies at Leicester in 2005 and teach a range of subjects. I am also the Research Director in the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities until 31st August 2019.

Since 2005, I have been a member of the editorial committee of the 'International Journal of Cultural Policy' and am frequently used as a referee for a number of other journals in the cultural policy and heritage studies fields. I am a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and the AHRC 'Care for the Future' Steering Group and am also on the Arts and Humanities Selection Panel for the British Council Researcher Links initiative.

I have been an external examiner for the Masters in Cultural Management at Northumbria University, the Masters in International Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, and the Masters in Cultural Research at the University of Brighton.

Websites

Teaching

I teach on the School's campus based Masters in Museum Studies on management, politics and policy and have written Units on cultural theory and heritage for the Masters in Heritage and Interpretation and on museums and (non-)participation for the Masters in Socially Engaged Practice.

Publications

Books

Belfiore, E. and Gibson, L., eds., forthcoming, 2017, Histories of cultural participation, value and governance, Palgrave.

Gibson, L. and Pendlebury, J., eds., 2009, Valuing Historic Environments, Ashgate. See Ashgate website for details. See Museum and Society, 7: 3, 2009 and Architectural Science Review, 52: 4, 2009 for reviews.

Gibson, L. and Besley, J. 2004, Monumental Queensland: Signposts on a Cultural Landscape, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane. Details of the book. See the introduction and second chapter on google books.

Gibson, L. 2001, The Uses of Art: Constructing Australian Identities, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane. Details of the book. For excerpts including the introduction see google books.

Guest edited special journal issues

Miles, A. and Gibson, L., eds. 2017, 'Everyday Participation and Cultural Value in Place', Cultural Trends, March, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2017.1275129

Miles, A. and Gibson, L., eds. 2016, 'Everyday Participation and Cultural Value', Cultural Trends, Sept., 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2016.1204043.

O’Regan, T., Gibson, L. and Jeffcutt, P. eds. 2004, ‘Creative Networks’, Media International Australia, 112, August, 5-8. View the journal or link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. and Stevenson, D. eds. 2004, ‘Urban Space and the Uses of Culture’, International Journal of Cultural Policy Studies, 10, 1, 1-4. View the journal or link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L. and O’Regan, T. eds. 2002, ‘Culture: Development, Industry, Distribution’, Media International Australia, 102, February. View the journal or link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Delrieu, V. and Gibson, L., 2017, 'Libraries and the geography of use: How does geography and asset ‘attractiveness’ influence the local dimensions of cultural participation', Cultural Trends, March, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2017.1268331

Miles, A. and Gibson, L., 2017, 'Everyday Participation and Cultural Value in Place', Cultural Trends, March, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2017.1275129.

Edwards, D. and Gibson, L., 2017, 'Counting the pennies: the cultural economy of charity shopping', Cultural Trends, March, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2017.1275131

Miles, A. and Gibson, L., 2016, 'Everyday Participation and Cultural Value', Cultural Trends, Sept., 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2016.1204043.

Gibson L. and Edwards, D., 2016, ‘Facilitated Participation: Cultural value, risk and the agency of young people in care’, Cultural Trends, September, 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2016.1204049

Gibson, L., 2013, 'Piazzas or Stadiums: Towards an alternative account of museums in cultural and urban development', Museum Worlds: Advances in research, 1, 1. View the journal or link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L., 2008, 'In Defence of Instrumentality', Cultural Trends, 17, 4. View the journal or link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L. 2002, ‘Managing the People: Art Programs in the American Depression’, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 31, 4, 279-292. Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2002, ‘The Real Business of Life: Art and Citizenship during the Australian Post-War Reconstruction’, Cultural Studies Review (formerly UTS Review), 8, 1, 45-58. Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2002, ‘Creative Industries and Cultural Development: Still the Janus Face?’ Media International Australia, 102, February, 25-34. Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2001, ‘Cultural Development meets Rock and Roll (or what government can learn from pop music festivals)’, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 7, 3, 479-492. Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2001, ‘Governing Art and Identity’, Australian Humanities Review, September- November. Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 1999, ‘The Arts as Industry’, Media International Australia, 90: February, 107-122.
Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 1997, ‘Art, Citizenship and Government: “Art for the People” in New Deal America and the 1940s in England and Australia’, Culture and Policy, 8, 3, 41-56.
Link to the article on the Leicester Research Archive.

Book chapters

Belfiore, E. and Gibson, L., forthcoming, 2017, ‘Histories of Cultural Participation, Place and Governance', Belfiore, E and Gibson, L., eds., Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance, Palgrave.

Gibson, L., forthcoming, 2017, ‘Governing Place Through Culture’, Belfiore, E and Gibson, L., eds., Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance, Palgrave.

Gibson, L., 2009, 'Cultural Landscapes and Identity', in Valuing Historic Environments, edited by Gibson, L. and Pendlebury, J., Ashgate.

Gibson, L. and Pendlebury, J., 2009, 'Valuing Historic Environments', in Valuing Historic Environments, edited by Gibson, L. and Pendlebury, J., Ashgate. View the book chapter or link to the book chapter via the Leicester Research Archive

Conference-edited volumes of conference proceedings (refereed):

Besley, J. and Gibson, L. 2004, ‘Pioneers and Public Art: The Use of History in Constructing Identity in Outdoor Cultural Objects’, Edquist, H. and Frichot, H., eds., LIMITS: The 21st annual conference of the society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 32 -37. Link to the paper on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L. 2002, ‘Creative Industries and Cultural Development: Still the Janus Face?’, Culturelink Special Issue 2001: Convergence, Creative Industries and Civil Society, The New Cultural Policy, 99-110. Link to the paper on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L. 2002, ‘Cultural Industries and Cultural Development: Still the Janus Face?’, ‘Cultural Sites, Cultural Theory, Cultural Policy, The Second International Conference on Cultural Policy Research Proceedings’, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.

Long book reviews

Gibson, L., 2010, ‘Bennett, Tony, Culture: A Reformer’s Science’, International Journal of Cultural Policy Special Review of Books, 16, 1, 29-31, See the journal and link to the paper on the Leicester Research Archive

Gibson, L., 2010, ‘Culture, Class, Distinction’, Cultural Trends, 245-248, See the journal and link to the paper on the Leicester Research Archive

Reports

Gibson, Lisanne. and Edwards, Delyth, 2015, Valuing Participation: The cultural and everyday activities of young people in care, Link to the report.

Hooper-Greenhill, E., Dodd, J., Gibson, L., and Jones, C., 2007, The Madonna of the Pinks: evaluation of the Education and Community Strategy for the Madonna of the Pinks 2004-2007, RCMG and the National Gallery. Link to the report.

Hooper-Greenhill, E., Dodd, J., Gibson, L., Phillips, M., Jones, C. and Sullivan, E., 2006, What did you learn at the museum today? Second study. Evaluation of the outcomes and impact of learning through implementation of the Education Programme Delivery Plan across nine regional hubs, RCMG and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Link to the report.

Dodd, J., Gibson, L., Jones, C., Pickford, C., Porter, G., 2005, Engaging Archives with Inspiring Learning for All: A report prepared for MLA North West, RCMG and MLA North West. Link to the report.

Gibson, L. 2004, The Governance of Heritage Significance and the Protection of Public Art, Queensland Government and University of Melbourne. Link to the report on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 1999, ‘Criteria of Professionalism’, Visual Arts Industry Guidelines Research Project, Smith, T., Winikoff, T., Callus, R., Throsby, D., Bond, T. and Simpson, S., NAVA, Sydney.

Non-refereed articles (including catalogue essays)

Gibson, L. 2004, ‘Art, Government and War - Lessons From the Past’, Arts Hub News, 25 April, View the article.

Gibson, L. 2003, ‘We are the Square State’, Courier Mail, Wed. 27 August, 17.

Gibson L. and Besley, J. 2003, ‘Heritage Drowns in Coffee’, Courier Mail, Sat. 5 July, 25.

Gibson, L. 2000, ‘Without Walls: Digitising arts organisations’, RealTime, February- March, p. 10

Gibson, L. 2000, ‘Without Walls: Cultural Organisations Beyond the Millennium’, FineArt Forum, vol. 14, no. 1.

Gibson, L. 2000, ‘Double Happiness: Youth and Cultural Development’, ART AsiaPacific, 27, p. 93.

Gibson, L. 1999, ‘Which Public? The Percent for Art Debate’, Media and Culture Review, 2.

Gibson, L. 1994, ‘Craig Walsh: Breathing Space’, Installations, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Conference-edited volumes of conference proceedings (non-refereed):

Gibson, L. 2004, ‘Mechanics, Gold and the Uses of Art’, Buildings, Books and Beyond: Mechanics’ Worldwide 2004, Prahran Mechanics Institute Press, Victoria. See the conference paper.

Gibson, L. 2004, Guest speaker, ‘Cultural Planning and the Creative Tropical City’, The Creative Tropical City, Charles Darwin Symposium Series 2004, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, June, 2004. See the conference paper.

Gibson, L. 2004, Keynote speaker, 'Port Phillip's Creative Class' at Recreating Urban Culture, Port Phillip City Council, Melbourne, March, 2004. Link to the conference paper at the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2003, Guest speaker, ‘Cultural policy and the built environment—Cultural Vitality for Who?’ at Beyond Cultural Policy—A Cultural Vitality Symposium, Port Phillip City Council, Melbourne, July 2003. View the conference paper and resources or link to the conference paper on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2000, ‘Cultural development meets Rock and Roll (or what government can learn from pop music festivals)’, Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network Newsletter, November 2000.

PhD thesis

Gibson, L. 1999, Art and Citizenship- Governmental Intersections, Griffith University, Australia.
Link direct to the thesis or link via the Leicester Research Archive.

Short book reviews

Gibson, L. 2004, ‘Review: Miller, Toby and Yudice, George: Cultural Policy’, Media International Australia, 112, August. Link to the review on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2003, ‘Review: Gray, Clive: The Politics of the Arts In Britain’, Media International Australia, 109, November, 191. Link to the review on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2003, ‘Review: Bennett, T. and Carter, D. (eds.): Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics and Programs’, Media International Australia, 107, May, 147-148. Link to the review on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 2001, ‘Review: Bennett, T., Emmison, M. and Frow, J.: Accounting for Tastes: Australian Everyday Cultures’, Media International Australia, 98, 182-183. Link to the review on the Leicester Research Archive.

Gibson, L. 1999, ‘Review: Cultural Organisations of the Future’, Media International Australia, 93, 165-166. Link to the review on the Leicester Research Archive.

Research

I have published research on a wide range of cultural policy issues including:

  • gallery and museum histories
  • monuments and public art
  • cultural heritage
  • creative industries
  • cultural development
  • culture-led urban development
  • cultural values
The overarching argument in my work generally is that cultural ‘pump-priming’ of any kind must be clear-eyed not only about its economic and cultural effects, but more importantly, its social and political effects.

New and on-going projects

I am currently leading the University of Leicester based team (£565,000) for 'Understanding Everyday Participation- Articulating Cultural Values' (PI Prof Andrew Miles, University of Manchester). This AHRC Connected Communities funded £1.5 million project runs from 2012 to 2017.

The central focus of the 'Understanding Everyday Participation' project is six multi-method location specific pieces of work focusing on what we are calling 'ecosystems'. I am leading the 'ecosystem' research in Gateshead and Peterborough as well as the mapping of participation and assets in relation to socio-demography across all the project locations.

Alongside Professor Eleonora Belfiore, I am co-leading the histories part of the UEP project. We co-hosted a Symposium in April 2015 on Histories of participation, values and governance, from which we are co-editing a book of the same name (Palgrave, 2016). With Professor Andrew Miles, I am also co-editing the two Understanding Everyday Participation issues of Cultural Trends (2016 and 17). I manage two of UEP’s Research Associates, Dr Delyth Edwards and Dr Varina Delrieu, and supervise two of the PhD projects attached to UEP, those of Sarah Hughes and Ruth Webber (the latter working with Victoria Hollows at Glasgow Life), all of whom are based at Leicester.

I have a number of trajectories of interest in UEP’s emergent findings, but am above all committed to the project’s focus on the everyday and seeking to understand what it is that people do and the values and effects that attach and follow these activities. One of these is an interest are in exploring the relationships, attendant values, stakes and effects as these are played out within individuals lives where they are involved in ‘facilitated participation’ (programmes which enable the participation in cultural activities of groups deemed to gain benefit from such access) and in relation to those same individuals’ ‘everyday participation’. See Gibson and Edwards, 2015, Valuing Participation: The cultural and everyday activities of young people in care and Gibson and Edwards 2016, Facilitated participation: cultural value, risk and the agency of young people in care.

I am also interested in adding location and place to the theorisation and analysis of the relationality of cultural consumption and cultural resources (cultural capital, cultural field and social group). Bennett, Savage, Silva, Warde, Gayo-Cal and Wright (2009) argued that recognising the intersection of age, gender and ethnicity with class is useful in understanding social relations in contemporary Britain, in UEP the mapping work, alongside the other methods, seeks to establish whether we can understand place as an important addition to this frame.

You can find out more about the project online.

Funded research projects (completed in the last 10 years)

  • PI, 'Museums and the Politics of Urban Development in Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong', British Academy, 2010-2013.
  • Co-I, (Andrew Miles- PI), 'Understanding Everyday Participation- Articulating Cultural Value', Development Project, AHRC, 2010, Universities of Manchester and Leicester.
  • PI, (John Pendlebury- Co-I), 'Valuing Historic Environments: Concepts, Instrumentalisations and Effects', EPSRC, Universities of Leicester and Newcastle, 2006-7.
  • PI, ‘Culture Circuits: An Examination of the International Movements and Influence of Ideas and Personnel Shaping Contemporary Cultural Policy’, Princeton University, 2004- 5
  • Co-I (Tom O'Regan-PI), ‘Cultural Policy and “The Independents” in Australia and Britain’, Australian Research Council, University of Melbourne and Griffith University, 2002- 2004
  • PI, ‘Tropical Creative Cities’, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • PI, ‘Public Art and Heritage - History, Practice, Policy’, Australian Research Council, University of Melbourne and Griffith University, 2001- 2003
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, 1999-2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 'The Privatisation of Culture Project', New York University, 1998

Supervision

I am available to supervise PhD and Masters projects in fields related to my interests and expertise.

  • Cultural Policy Studies
  • Heritage Studies
  • Urban Heritage
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Cultural Policy, Programmes and Museum History (esp. UK, USA and Australia)
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Culture-led or Cultural Regeneration
  • Cultural Value
  • Cultural Participation
  • Foucault and culture
  • Bourdieu and culture

Current lead supervisions:

  • Katy Bunning: email klg22@le.ac.uk
  • Catarina Carvalho: email cisdc1@le.ac.uk
  • Yeung Yeung Fok: email yyf3@le.ac.uk
  • Sarah Hughes: email slh78@le.ac.uk
  • Sumi Kim: email sk666@le.ac.uk
  • Louisa Kramer: email lmink1@le.ac.uk
  • Elena Settimini: email es284@le.ac.uk
  • Ruth Webber: email rw216@le.ac.uk

I have previously Lead or co-Supervised the following PhD projects to successful completion:

  • Geuntae Park, 'The Role of Cultural Institutions in Urban Rebranding: Newcastle-Gateshead in the UK and Gwangju in Korea' (awarded 2015)
  • Anna Woodham, 'Museums and the Geography of School Visits' (awarded 2009)

I was an External Examiner on the following PhD examinations (selected):

  • Rimi Khan, 2011, 'Reconstructing Community-Based Arts: Cultural Value and the Neoliberal Citizen', School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
  • Nicole Porter, 2009, 'The promotion and production of contemporary landscape', Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
  • Belinda Jane Nemec, 2006, 'The Grainger Museum in its Museological and Historical Contexts', Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.

Clore Fellowship Research Project Supervision:

  • Sarah Stannage, ‘21st Century Society: Exploring community, leadership and connectivity in small museums in local settings’, 2010-13

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