Dr. Kirsten MacLeod is a Lecturer in Film and Television, and is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Television at Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked as a filmmaker and media practitioner for over 20 years in broadcast and community based media. She received a BA (Hons) Archaeology & Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University (1991) and an MA Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester (1994). She received her PhD in Creative Media Practice from the University of the West of Scotland (2014), based on practice led research in community media contexts in Govan and the Isle of Bute.
She has collaborated extensively with Plantation Productions in Govan and developed projects and screenings with organisations such as The Gallery of Modern Art, National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival and the Glasgow Women’s Library.
As a practice led researcher Kirsten is interested in examining community media as a form of knowledge practice situating filmmaking as a form of enquiry though which knowledge emerges during the production process. This approach to filmmaking and research is ethnographically informed, connecting media practice to place and people as well as acknowledging the personal and subjective agency of filmmaker and participants. Her research emphasises the relations of production which emerge during production and how knowledge is recorded and shaped by this process.
Kirsten is especially interested in community media as a way of deconstructing & reconstructing the past, such as in projects on the the Spanish Civil War in Govan, campaigning women on Clydeside and her current research on the Armada in the Northern & Western Isles of Scotland.
Kirsten is part of a University of St. Andrews led AHRC/ESRC GCRF Networking team collaborating on research and practice around community based media and gender equality/gender based violence in the Pacific.
Kirsten teaches across a range of modules on BA TV and BA Film. She coordinates many practical production projects and collaborations with organisations and industry. One such project in which students were involved was the HMP Polmont YOI Media Project which won a 2017 Herald Higher Education Award for Widening Access.
Kirsten has worked in television on a range of factual programmes and series. She began her career as a researcher on Warriors of the Disappearing World (Granada TV/The Learning Channel) and Mars & Venus with Desmond Morris (Discovery) and began filming and directing with Keeping the Dream Alive, a 30 minute obs doc for BBC2 series, United Kingdom! (Mosaic films, 1997). Production credits include Shooting Producer/Director on series Liverpool Mums (Bazal for Ch5); Red Light Girls (Granada/ITV/Sky); The Wedding (Ginger for BBC2); Can You Live Without…Your Mum? (Ch4, Fulcrum TV), Heir Hunters (Flame TV). In 2009 Kirsten was Series Producer for MnETV on BBC Alba series, Frapaisean chon chaorach (Sheepdog Trials) and Trom is Tapaidh (Heavies).