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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Rob Coley

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.

Department Responsibilities

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.

Subject Specialism

Visual Culture, Digital Culture, Media Theory, Media Practice, Photography


  • PhD Media, Culture and Communication — 2013
  • MA Digital Imaging and Photography (Dist.) — 2009
  • BA (Hons) Media Production (1:1) — 2001

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Research Projects

  • Cybernetic Subjects and the Mediation of Trust and Empathy (contributing researcher) — awarded £2980 by EMoTICON Network (RCUK Empathy and Trust in Online Communications) in 2015
  • Converging Learning Environments (contributing researcher) — awarded £1500 by Student as Producer Fund for Educational Development in 2013
  • Looking Back for the Future (contributing researcher) — awarded £37000 by AHRC Connecting Communities in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • The Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow (AFHEA)


Peer reviewer for: European Journal of Cultural Studies and NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies