Dr Natasa Lackovic


Research Overview

Thank you for visiting my profile page. I am a Director of CHERE (Center for Higher Education Research and Evaluation) at Lancaster University. I am also a Director of a pioneering interdisciplinary network - Lancaster university's graphic novels and comics pedagogy, research and engagement network "ReOPeN" (web link: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/reopen/). My service to university further includes being on the Engagement Committee and FASS-LUMS Ethics Committee. If you wonder how to pronounce my name, in the original spelling it is: Nataša (Lacković), the "s" pronounced just like in “Natasha”, similar to pronouncing Natasha Latzkovitch.

My research interest broadly explores educational futures via new approaches to knowledge, research, pedagogy and public engagement, including multimodality, visual and digital culture, semiotics, critical theory and media literacy.

This could involve external artefacts mediation (e.g. photography, any digital artefact and platform, 3D artefacts, videos, graphic novels, illustrations, material objects, space or place). I am interested how the mind, materiality and emotions are inter-linked, how they make meaning together, and how we can move beyond the illustrative and marginal role of images and multimodality in education (both HE and schools) and in the society, towards a more critical and informed engagement.

My interests also include critical approaches to graduate employability, digital university, and marginalised identity empowerment. I have a rich research experience working on projects funded by a range of funders: HEA (Higher Education Academy), EU/EC (Erasmus +, FP7, H2020, Erasmus Mundus), Esmée Fairbairn, National College for School Leadership, National Institute for Health Research, The British Council, 14-18 NOW, The University of Nottingham, and Lancaster University

I have developed an "Inquiry Graphics (IG)" approach to teaching and research across disciplines, which offers novel perspectives to visual and multimodal pedagogies as well as theorising learning and knowledge, with a monograph on this topic soon to be published by Palgrave McMillan.

In collaborative teams via ReOPeN, I have so far worked as academic lead and event organiser on an award winning project about pupils' comics creation (The Comic Project with a local artist and the local theatre The Dukes); contributed to NHS/NIHR funded graphic narratives of community well being and health inequalities; and developed a learning resource for English, History and Citizenship Key Stage 3 teachers to engage students creatively with graphic narratives. I chair and contribute to the academic sessions and programme sessions of the Lakes International Comics Art Festival (LICAF), and liaise with the festival and UK Comics Laureate to develop knowledge in the area of GNC (graphic novels and comics) in education.

Social (in)justice and Social Media: embracing Twitter and Social Media as critical pedagogy “tools” in Higher Education?
Lackovic, N. 7/05/2019 In: Locating Social Justice in Higher Education Research. Bloomsbury
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Graduate Employability (GE) Paradigm Shift: Towards Greater Socio-emotional and Eco-technological Relationalities of Graduates’ Futures
Lackovic, N. 2019 In: Education and Technological Unemployment. Springer p. 193-212. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Postdigital Dialogue
Jandric, P., Ryberg, T., Knox, J., Lackovic, N., Hayes, S., Suoranta, J., Smith, M., Steketee, A., Peters, M., McLaren, P., Ford, D., Asher, G., McGregor, C., Stewart, G., Williamson, B., Gibbons, A. 27/10/2018 In: Postdigital Science and Education. 27 p.
Journal article

Analysing videos in educational research: an “Inquiry Graphics” approach for multimodal, Peircean semiotic coding of video data
Lackovic, N. 19/06/2018 In: Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. 3, 6, 23 p.
Journal article

Visual cultures and education
Jandric, P., Lackovic, N. 1/06/2018 In: Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Communities in control - graphic narratives of health inequalities and local action
Decie, J., Lackovic, N., Halliday, E.C. 2018
Digital or Visual Products

Do pictures ‘tell’ a thousand words in lectures?: how lecturers vocalise photographs in their presentations
Hallewell, M., Lackovic, N. 08/2017 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 36, 6, p. 1166-1180. 15 p.
Journal article

Lackovic, N. 1/05/2017 In: Knowledge Cultures. 5, 5 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Being knowledge, power and profession subordinates: students' perceptions of Twitter for learning
Lackovic, N., Kerry, R., Lowe, R., Lowe, T. 04/2017 In: Internet and Higher Education. 33, p. 41-48. 8 p.
Journal article

MultiMAP: exploring multimodal artefact pedagogy in digital higher education
Lackovic, N. 1/03/2016
Conference contribution/Paper

Images of educational practice: how school websites represent digital learning
Crook, C., Lackovic, N. 2016 In: Handbook on digital learning for K-12 schools. Springer p. 75-90. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How 3D objects and pictures of heritage can connect children worldwide
Lackovic, N. 8/09/2015
Other contribution

Imagining technology-enhanced learning with heritage artefacts: teacher-perceived potential of 2D and 3D heritage site visualisations
Lackovic, N., Crook, C., Cobb, S., Shalloe, S., D'Cruz, M. 30/06/2015 In: Educational Research. 57, 3, p. 331-351. 21 p.
Journal article

3D printing in education: a framework for learning with 3D artefacts
Lackovic, N. 2015 In: 14th Conference on rapid design, prototyping and manufacturing proceedings. p. 109-119. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creativity in TEL
Lackovic, N., Kelle, S. 2014 International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning 4 p.

The contested curriculum: academic learning and employability in higher education
Speight, S., Lackovic, N., Cooker, L. 15/01/2013 In: Tertiary Education and Management. 19, 2, p. 112-126. 15 p.
Journal article

Designs for learning and image-based conceptual inquiry: a DBR research project
Lackovic, N., Crook, C. 25/04/2012
Conference contribution/Paper

Stakeholder attitudes towards employability in a Sino-British university
Speight, S., Lackovic, N., Cooker, L. 2012 In: Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. 3, 1
Journal article

Beyond the surface: image affordances in language textbooks that affect National Identity Formation (NIF)
Lackovic, N. 2010 In: Mapping minds. Inter-disciplinary Press p. 53-65. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creating and reading images: towards a communication framework for Higher Education learning
Lackovic, N. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1
Journal article