Dr. Kelly Davidson

I am the Programme Coordinator of the BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies, teaching on the Year 2 course on Political Economy and Globalisation and Year 3 course on Contemporary Cinema. I am also a member of the staff team for the MA in Public Cultures Studies.


I research and publish in the areas of popular culture, cultural heritage, travel and identity. I have also published in a previous capacity as consultant to community relations and statutory heritage bodies.

'Imelda Rocks the Boom Boom: Imelda May and the Crisis of Austerity Ireland,' in S. Cleary and C. Hayes-Brady (eds), G(u)ilt and Glitter: Economic Crisis and Burlesque in Ireland, Intellect Booksforthcoming 2016

Research projects

Post-industrial Urban Regeneration and Cultural Nostalgia: on-going cross-cultural, cross-institutional research partnership with Dr Carlton Brick, University of West of Scotland, working to explore synergies in the arts and culture industries and the impact on reorganisations of post-industrial urban and cultural space.

Organisation of Collaborative Research and Community Engagement: Access + the Culture of Education in Ireland Symposium, a joint research and community initiative between the IADT Student Union and Centre for Public Cultures Studies.2012
IRC Postgraduate Review Committee Member2013
IRCHSS Postgraduate Review Committee Member 2011-13
Screen Tourism Research Working Group2009-12
Two Strand 1 funding: ‘Visual Arts and Cultural Tourism: The Irish Case 1990 – present’ (with P. Gilligan 2008-13), and ‘Digital Ethics: Photojournalism and the Public Sphere in the Age of Citizen Journalism and the Camera Phone’ (with J. Carville 2008-11)


My work crosses the fields of popular culture, heritage, travel and tourism, and identity politics.

Hipsters and Heterotopes: (Mis)recognizing the liminal ‘other’ in the post-subcultural city’ (with Carlton Brick), Spaces and Frontiers, Assoc. of Canadian Irish Studies, NUI Galway, May 2014
R(h)etrotopic Bodies:Mapping the ‘retro’ pin-up as (un)desirable space’ (with Carlton Brick, UWS), Music, Gender and Difference (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna)2013
‘The function of May ’68 in Contemporary Irish Student Citizen Movements’, The Irish in France and the French in Ireland, (National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies [AFIS]/ Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille)2011
Gated Communities and Gender in Reality TV’, Gender Politics and Reality TV (UCD Humanities Institute, Dublin)2011