Rob is a senior lecturer and joint programme leader for BA (Hons) Media Studies. He is the author (with LSFM colleague Dean Lockwood) of Cloud Time: The Inception of the Future (Zer0, 2012), Photography in the Middle: Dispatches on Media Ecologies and Aesthetics (Punctum, 2016), and coeditor of a special ‘drone culture’ issue of the journal Culture Machine (2015).
Rob conducts research in the areas of visual and digital culture, with a particular focus on contemporary media aesthetics. Currently, his work explores how certain forms of media – primarily speculative fictions of different genres and types – express a crisis of human knowledge and human being. As a founding member of the Centre for Entangled Media Research, Rob is also collaboratively exploring the possibilities of a posthuman approach to media studies. He welcomes enquires from potential postgraduate students interested in pursuing research in these areas at both MA and PhD level.
Rob teaches theory and practice. He coordinates a number of modules, including, at undergraduate level, MDS1002M Media Reading Group 2, MDS2001M Visualizing the 21st Century, and MDS3001M Eco-Media, and at postgraduate level MED9029M Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, and MED9032M Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century.
Visual Culture, Digital Culture, Media Theory, Media Practice, Photography
PhD Media, Culture and Communication
MA Digital Imaging and Photography (Dist.)
BA (Hons) Media Production (1:1)
The Higher Education Academy
— Associate Fellow (AFHEA)