Dr Jim Brogden FRSA

Dr Jim Brogden FRSA


My research inhabits a broad area within visual communication culture, including: visual sociology/ethnography, social semiotics and multimodality, memory studies, photographic practice, with a particular interest in the contested notions surrounding landscape representation, collective memory, and place - identity. My approach to research is informed by a long, and varied career as a professional visual artist, a designer in television and music. I actively embrace intermediality/intertexuality in my practice research and critical writing to provoke new critical discourses.

Specific areas of research interest include:  

  • visual communications culture
  • social semiotics and multimodality
  • visual sociology/ethnography
  • landscape representation(s)
  • spatial poetics/politics
  • critical research-led image-making

In relation to Ph.D. supervision, I'm particularly interested in supporting inter-disciplinary research projects. 

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A member of the International Visual Sociology Association

A member of The Open Spaces Society


  • The development of
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • International Visual Sociology Association
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts
  • Open Spaces Society

Student education

My teaching roles include management and delivery on various modules across film, photography, media, and dissertation supervision. 

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