Dr Lisanne Gibson
Senior Lecturer, Director of Research
+44 (0) 116 252 5719
In 1999 Lisanne was awarded her PhD, ‘Art and Citizenship: Governmental Intersections’, which was a history 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 she has held Research and Postdoctoral 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 committee’s of a number of different arts and cultural organisations and has undertaken commissioned research for a number of arts organisations and governments (see details in publications).
Lisanne joined the School in 2005 and teaches a range of subjects. Lisanne is Director of Research and as such is Chair of the School Research Committee and sits on the College of Arts, Humanities and Law Research Committee.
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 an external examiner for Masters courses at the University of Brighton and the University of Warwick (MA in International Cultural Policy) and a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and the AHRC 'Care for the Future' Steering Group.
Lisanne teaches primarily on the campus based Masters in Museum Studies Module on museum management, politics and policy and also on the Masters in Urban Conservation on cultural value and heritage programmes and policy (delivered by the School of Historical Studies). Lisanne has also written Units for the Masters in Interpretation, Representation and Heritage on cultural theory and cultural heritage. She is available to supervise PhD and Masters projects in fields related to her interests and expertise (see Research Interests).
Supervised and Examined Projects
PhD Supervision (selected current and past):
Anna Woodham, Museums and the Geography of School Visits (awarded PhD 2009)
Geuntae Park, The role of cultural institutions in city rebranding (UK and Korea)
Marieke van der Duin, The museum machinery of meaning: Heritage understood as spatial patterns of stable and unstable meaning
Katy Bunning, Locating Ethnicity: an investigation into the uses of 'place' in ethnic-specific museums in Washington D.C.
Sarah Hughes (AHRC 'Understanding Everyday Participation'), Pride Comes before a fall? Culture and the construction of civic identity in South and West Yorkshie in the industrial and post-industrial ages
Masters Supervision (selected past):
Museum Development in Manchester
Popular Youth Culture and the Museum
'Prestige and/or Practice': The role museums play in culture-led regeneration developments
Re-constructing West Kowloon : a study exploring the interplay between culture-led regeneration projects and the local arts communities through case studies of Bilbao, Newcastle-Gateshead and an in-depth analysis of the West Kowloon Cultural District project in Hong Kong
PhD Examinations (internal and external, 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
Konstantinos Arvantitis, 2007, Everyday Media for Everyday Meanings: Interpreting Archaeological Monuments in the Streets of a Greek City, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Belinda Jane Nemec, 2006, The Grainger Museum in its Museological and Historical Contexts, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne