Dr Lisanne Gibson

Lisanne is a specialist in cultural policy studies, she also works in the fields of heritage and museum studies and is interested in cultural participation and stratification, cultural values, cultural planning and development, as well as nineteenth and early twentieth century histories of cultural programmes.

Dr Lisanne GibsonCollege Deputy Director of Research; Senior Lecturer

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Twitter: @MuseumPolitics

My Google Scholar Citations Profile can be accessed here.

Career History

Lisanne was awarded her PhD from Griffith University in Australia in 1999; ‘Art and Citizenship: Governmental Intersections’ 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 Lisanne has 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; and, the Privatisation of Culture Project, New York University. In addition to her academic research and teaching she has held positions on the management boards and committees of a number of different cultural organisations and has also undertaken commissioned research for a number of cultural organisations and governments (see details in Publications).


Lisanne joined the School of Museum Studies at Leicester in 2005 and teaches a range of subjects. Lisanne is currently Joint Director of Postgraduate Research.

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

Lisanne teaches on the School's campus based Masters in Museum Studies on management, politics and policy and has written Units on cultural theory and heritage for the Masters in Heritage and Interpretation. Lisanne is available to supervise PhD and Masters projects in fields related to her interests and expertise (see for detail Research).


Potential applicants interested in any Cultural Policy or Heritage Studies area and especially projects focusing on Cultural Participation, Cultural and/or Heritage mapping, or Culture, Regeneration and Gentrification (or any of the subject areas listed below) are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Lisanne Gibson directly at lg80@le.ac.uk as soon as possible.

The scholarship competition is highly competitive and generally applicants will need to have a first class honours degree and a Distinction at Masters or a 2.1 undergraduate degree, publications and a Distinctions at Masters. For more details see announcement on the School website. The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Tuesday 12 January 2015 but if candidates approach Dr Gibson (with a one page project idea and a academic CV) as soon as possible (note that the M3C proposal writing workshop for applicants11 Nov 2015) then she will work with competitive candidates to produce high quality applications. For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website or contact Dr Giasemi Vavoula (Joint PGR Director - admissions) or Christine Cheesman (Postgraduate Research Administrator).

Topics available for PhD Supervision:

  • 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

Supervised and Examined Projects

For a list of Lisanne's current Lead Supervisions please see Current PhD Students:

Lisanne has 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)

Lisanne 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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