Research areas

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR - Cultural and Visual studies, Curating
  • NX Arts in general
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General) - Cultural change
  • HM Sociology - Heritage, Organisation studies, Gender


Katarzyna Kosmala, MA (Hons) Pg Dip MSc PhD 

Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts, R&E Development Lead for Culture and Creativity at the School of Media, Culture and Society, the University of the West of Scotland, a curator, and art writer. In 2011-2010 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at GEXcel, Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linköping University & Örebro University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (Intellect and The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013), Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge). Recent exhibitions include: Azimuth: Sound/Image (TMU and Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), Exporting Zagreb (National Museum of Gdansk, 2016), Exporting Gdansk (HDLU, Zagreb, 2015). Writes regularly about video and new media art in international art journals and catalogues. Co-curated the series: Curating Europes’ Futures: Member of European Cultural Parliament.  

Area of research expertise - Outline

  • Visual culture, new media, contemporary arts and representation

 Researches and writes on aspects of construction and representation of gender and identity in contemporary (visual) culture and in video and new media arts, artists and meaning of work, creativity and enterprise in the context of cultural globalisation; art production; arts-run projects; art criticism; politics of representation, space and organisation.

  • Heritage and culture

Applied research and outputs in participatory approaches to regeneration; heritage, communities and marginalization; intangible culture and representation, heritage and gender.

  • Organisations; politics of functioning and organisational lives

 Researches and writes about critical and interpretative approaches in analysing construction of gender and identity at work, creativity and competence constructions (socialisation, ways of learning and working strategies); critical theory and forms of accountability. Also researches alternative forms of organizing (arts-led regeneration, participatory practice) under transitions in the socio-economic and cultural contexts of emerging democracies (including post-Communist legacy) and in more peripheral locations and contexts. 


Current research activities.

Professor Kosmala currently researches and writes about cultural labour and discourses of creativity, identity and community in the context of a globalising network society, heritage and participation, art production and enterprise, arts-run projects, as well as gender and politics of representation. 

Leads the interdisciplinary research network: Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe 

Leads research collaboration with Tokyo Metropolitan University Engaging the Human Sensorium through Art and New Technologies around knowledge exchange and incorporates investigative and developmental symposia, masterclasses and exhibitions in Scotland and Japan, designed to promote the interchange of creative ideas in areas where arts and emerging technologies interface in ways which can produce significant social and economic impact.

Co-Leads The Social Fabric – Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, a novel research initiative with awarded funding by the University of the West of Scotland's Vice Principal's scheme in January 2017 for 36 months and launched a new multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society, led by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and the School of Engineering and Computing, led by Professor Katherine Kirk on the interaction of people and materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. From this starting point, the project team obtained a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in May 2017 for A Car for Women, and other stories of 30,000 GBP



Target Collaborative Companies (National, International, up to 3).

Key cultural organizations such as European Solidarity Centre, Glasgow Museums, National Museum of Socotland, National Museum of Gdansk, HDLU

Local Authorities and Scottish Government

European Commission & Council of Europe

International and national art festivals

Cultural planning and art organizations 


Research output

  1. Govan - Gdansk; Heritage, Regeneration, Alternative Futures

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

  2. Constructing Memory, Accepting the Political in Circulation of Cultural Production across Europe

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Becoming Imperceptible M/Other: Negotiating Porous Multiple Selves

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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