Kirstie Jamieson
Kirstie Jamieson

Dr Kirstie Jamieson

Lecturer T&S


I am a researcher and lecturer in heritage and exhibition design. My disciplinary focus brings together creative methods, critical heritage studies and participatory design. I am Public Engagement Lead for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

My work is concerned with issues of representation, equality and diversity in the public realm. I adopt inclusive participatory methods in my research with the aim of transcending language barriers and extending the capacity of community agency within research. Most recent publications include “Negotiating privileged networks and exclusive mobilities: the case for a Deaf festival in Scotland’s festival city” (2019) in Annals of Leisure Research, “Exploring Deaf Heritage Futures through critical design and ‘public things’” (2020) in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, and “The Deaf Heritage Collective: Collaboration with Critical Intent” (2021) in a special issue of the Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics.

I am currently working with curators and deaf researchers on the first co-produced national Deaf Heritage Archive at the National Library of Scotland. I am also leading a project that revisits the overlooked work on disability by photographer Franki Raffles (1955-1994). The team is working with children and adults with learning disabilities to curate Raffles' ground-breaking work We Can Take Pictures 1983-84.

I am interested in the inclusive capacity of Public Engagement practices and public pedagogy, especially when paired with creative participatory methods. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and lead MA/MFA modules in Research as Critical Practice, Heritage Interpretation Design and Research Portfolio for Creative Practice.

I am also part of a team developing Public Engagement workshops that bring together feminist interpretation design and co-design methods in the memorialisation of Scotland’s accused witches. The project invites girls and women of all ages to design and debate the women behind the witchcraft trials in Scotland. Our aim is to create spaces where girls and women can collaboratively design and think about the witch trials in Scotland, and the significance of the pardon granted by the Scottish Government (on the 8th March 2022).

I have developed and co-led Design MA/MFA’s and supervised five PhD projects to completion. I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in the areas of Critical Heritage, Inclusive Museums, Disability and Heritage , Creative Placemaking and inclusive design methods.

Research Areas




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • National Partnership For Culture (Scottish Gov)
  • Consultancy: National Lottery Heritage Project


Editorial Activity

  • Reviewer Space and Culture


Grant Reviewer

  • AHRC Reviewer


Invited Speaker

  • ‘Designing Unesco Culture: Internationalism and The Global Imagination’ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL STUDIES


Public/Community Engagement

  • Collaboratively Curating the Deaf Museum at Deaf Youth Theatre
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Dinner Party Debate
  • Edinburgh Science Festival: Festival Frontiers
  • Edinburgh Zoo as Heritage Space
  • To Absent Friends Festival
  • Everyday Heritage Exhibition at Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
  • Festival of Creative Industries Off Campus Programme
  • Hidden Edinburgh: Journey Through Stone
  • Phantom Entomologist Exhibition
  • Bound For Glory Exhibition



  • Reviewer for Area (Royal Geographical Society)
  • REVIEWER FOR URBAN STUDIES (Sage Publications)



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Tracing festival imaginaries: Between affective urban idioms and administrative assemblages

Journal Article
Jamieson, K. (2014)
Tracing festival imaginaries: Between affective urban idioms and administrative assemblages. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(3), 293-303.
This article offers a way of understanding not only Festival Cities, but also the Creative City paradigm and to some extent the practices employed through the convergence of c...

Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 1. 2011

Journal Article
Lambert, I., MacLeod, M., Firth, R., Winton, E., Dean, M., Innes, M., …Titley, W. (2011)
Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 1. 2011. Journal of Design Practice and Research, 1, 1-40
What is design and what are designers? Good design can change lives and improve services within the public, private and third sectors. Designers are creative problem solvers w...

Edinburgh: the festival gaze and its boundaries

Journal Article
Jamieson, K. (2004)
Edinburgh: the festival gaze and its boundaries. Space and Culture, 7(1), 64-75.
This article examines the temporal and spatial boundaries of Edinburgh’s festival identity. It unravels Edinburgh’s festivals in terms of the spaces and identities they produc...

Participatory polyvocal performative and playful interpreting Resnik’s 4 for creative placemaking with digital tools

Book Chapter
Grandison, T., Flint, T., & Jamieson, K. (in press)
Participatory polyvocal performative and playful interpreting Resnik’s 4 for creative placemaking with digital tools. In D. Giglitto, L. Ciolfi, E. Lockley, & E. Kaldeli (Eds.), Digital Approaches to Inclusion and Participation in Cultural Heritage: Insights from Research and Practice in Europe. Routledge

The transgressive festival imagination and the idealisation of reversal

Book Chapter
Jamieson, K., & Todd, L. (in press)
The transgressive festival imagination and the idealisation of reversal. In I. R. Lamond, B. Lashua, & C. Reid (Eds.), Leisure, Activism, and the Animation of the Urban Environment (57-68). Routledge.

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