School of Media and Performing Arts


Dr Emma Austin

  • Qualifications: FHEA, PGCertLTHE, PhD, MA (Hons), BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (Film and Media)
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5604
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  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


After graduating with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Art History and Visual Culture in 2001 and Master’s degree in Art Design and Media in 2002 in from the University of Portsmouth, I completed a PhD in studying cultural representations, (focused on Zombie cinema and media forms) in 2010. I have taught at the University of Portsmouth since 2004, and teach on a variety of units across Film and Media, as well as contributing to Learning Resources for A Level students.

Teaching Responsibilities

Since 2004 I have taught on a variety of units, including Sociology of the Media, Introduction to Media Research, Theorising Mass Media, and have offered guest lectures on topics such as Film and Gender, international films, Psychoanalytical theory and many others. At level 4 I am a personal tutor for film/ media students, involved in delivering key study skills through seminars. I am a seminar tutor for Spectacular Hollywood (Film, Level 4), and provide lectures for the Unit Screening Europe, also a Level 4 film unit. I am Unit Co-ordinator for the optional Level 5 Unit Researching Genre, which focuses on analysing the horror genre in different media formats.

At level 6 I lecture on Researching Animation, Comedy, Culture and Form and am also the Unit Co-Ordinator for Analysing Comic Books. I also supervise undergraduate and post graduate dissertations for our BA and MA students, and am a third supervisor for PhD students.


With interests in popular culture, film, media and audiences, my research centres on representations of the horrific in culture, ranging from animation and comics through to Zombie walks. This is the next area for development in terms of my published and ongoing research. These topics are covered in my Unit Researching Genre, but also in my contributions to teaching aids such as the DVD package for A - Level students, Understanding Horror (2010) for Train of Thought Productions. I am currently working on a teaching aid for analysing horror films.

I regularly attend conferences and have material included in book reviews and edited collections. While my research interests are focused on horror, there are many crossovers with different forms of expression and form, such as Surrealism, Animation and Comedy: elements which I also refer to in my research.


Research profile

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