Julian McDougall

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Julian McDougall (born 1969) is a British educationalist and media theorist. He specialises in the study of contemporary media (particularly media 2.0), creative arts education and the role of video games in education.


Julian McDougall is Professor in Media & Education in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, where he runs the Doctorate in Creative and Media Education and supervises PHD research in media education, literacy and pedagogy.

McDougall took his PhD at Birmingham University whilst teaching at Halesowen College. In 2000 he took up a Senior Lecturer post in Education at Newman University College, before becoming Head of Creative Arts and then Reader in Education at the University of Wolverhampton.He is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, edits Media Practice and Education and convenes the annual International Media Education Summit. He is external examiner for BA and Ed D programmes and a senior examiner for Media Studies A Level in the UK and is a grant reviewer for several international panels including the European Union. In the field of media education, he is the author of a range of over 100 books, articles, chapters and research reports and has provided numerous research projects for external funders, charities and non-profit organisations including the European Union, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Samsung, the United Kingdom Literacy Association, US Embassy and UK DCMS. He has given keynote speeches and joined invited expert panels on media education and media literacy in 17 countries.