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Dr Louisa Preston

Louisa Preston

BA(Hons), MFA, MLitt, PhD

Recent graduate


From 2013. Joint PhD Candidate, School of Management, University of St Andrews and School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling. Graduated, June 2019.

2011 – 2012. Master of Letters in Publishing Studies (with distinction), University of Stirling.
Dissertation title: Publishing within Visual Culture: An Analysis of the Relationship between Publishing and Visual Culture and the Impact of Technology on Publishing Activity.

2007 - 2008. Master of Fine Art (with distinction), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
Dissertation title: Models of 'Real Space'; Exploring the Boundary between Fiction and the Real in Architecture and Art.

2000 – 2004. Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.


Before doing the MLitt in Publishing Studies at Stirling I worked as an artist to develop national and international exhibition experience of individual practice and collaborative projects. Exhibitions, residencies and scholarships I have undertaken include; The Royal Scottish Academy's John Kinross Scholarship; a month long research trip to Tokyo funded by the Arts Trust of Scotland and The Second Young International Bucharest Biennale 2006, partly funded by the Scottish Arts Council. While working as an artist I also undertook freelance and part time work as a committee member of Generator Projects, a charitable artist run gallery, helping to curate the exhibition programme, install and document exhibitions. Other part-time positions were Project Assistant for DJCAD Exhibitions Department, Gallery Assistant Co-ordinator and Gallery Technician at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Research interests

My PhD is linked to the Consortium for Research into Arts and Technology in Scotland (CReATeS), National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), Creative Scotland and the AHRC.

I aim to investigate the impact of digital technologies on audience engagement with arts and cultural organisations, cultural production, collaborative processes between cultural organisations and technology partners, and situations or outcomes around intersections between digital and physical spaces.

I am interested in the possibilities surrounding new technologies, especially how they can be used in various ways to publish, engage and interact with literature and visual culture. This joint PhD will enable me to develop these interests orientated around management studies and arts and humanities.


Professor Nic Beech and Dr Gail Greig, University of St Andrews.
Professor Claire Squires and Dr Padmini Ray Murray, University of Stirling.


Article in peer-reviewed journal:

Preston, L. (2013), 'Publishing and visual culture: Symbiotic relationships and the impact of technology on publishing strategies and activity', Book 2.0 3: 1, pp. 25–43.

Exhibition Catalogues:

Brownrigg, J. 2006. AWOL in Romania. In: O, Tanase, ed. 2006. Absent without leave (AWOL) Young Artists' Biennial, 2nd Edition, Bucharest 2006. Bucharest: META Publishing House. pp.8-49.

Catto, A. and McGowan, K. eds., 2006. Dundee Visual Artists Awards Scheme. Dundee: Scottish Arts Council and Dundee City Council. p.30.

artwork by Louisa Preston‌Grants awarded

  • University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary PhD Studentship, 2013
  • NESTA/Creative Scotland/AHRC Research and Development Consortium Project Funding, 2013
  • The University of Stirling Impact Studentship Fund, 2013
  • Arts Trust of Scotland Award, funding for a month long research trip to Tokyo, 2006
  • Networking Artists' Network, 'Go See' Bursary for Research trip to Bucharest, Romania, 2006
  • Scottish Arts Council, individual funding to support creative development, 2006
  • Dundee Visual Artists Award, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • The Royal Scottish Academy's John Kinross Scholarship, 2004


  • The University of Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication Prize for the most outstanding dissertation, 2011-2012
  • The University of Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, The Rhuari Maclean Prize for Publishing Design, 2011-2012


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