I use sound, art, video, and music to bring academic content to life and out to new audiences. Over the years I’ve created original podcasts, videos, and visual communication content for public engagement, and I work with charities, creative professionals, and academic research projects and teams. I also teach workshops on public engagement and audio/visual production for academics. (You can listen to some feedback here from students at a recent podcasting workshop – from May 2017.)
Academics increasingly have to consider how to communicate their research to a wider audience and how to engage new stakeholders and participants in the research process. There are many motivations for peering out the window of the ivory tower, from funding requirements to a general enthusiasm for getting your research out there… Whatever the motivation, it’s vital to convey the important role of academic work in the production of knowledge, particularly in the ‘information age,’ where information–of all kinds and qualities–is readily and rapidly accessible.
Communicating the value and substantive content of academic research can be challenging, and different audiences and venues require bespoke communicative strategies for engagement.