Dr Brett Bligh


Research Overview

Brett Bligh is a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, and co-Director of the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning. His research interrogates the nexus of technology mediation, physical environment, and institutional change in higher education. Brett’s work prioritises Activity Theory conceptions of human practice, and interventionist methodologies.

Selected Publications

Vorsprung durch Technik: Multi-display learning spaces and art-historical method
Bligh, B., Lorenz, K. 15/01/2020 In: Culture, Technology and the Image. Bristol : Intellect p. 72-86. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Theorising practices of relational working across the boundaries of higher education
Hasted, C., Bligh, B. 8/08/2019 In: Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Physical learning spaces and teaching in the blended learning landscape
Bligh, B. 31/05/2019 In: Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Springer Nature 8 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Four narratives about online international students: A critical literature review
Lee, K., Bligh, B. 10/05/2019 In: Distance Education. 40, 2, p. 153-169. 17 p.
Journal article

Future Learning Spaces: Space, Technology and Pedagogy
Elkington, S., Bligh, B. 15/02/2019 Advance HE. 68 p.

Why we need to talk about learning spaces
Bligh, B. 15/02/2019 In: Future Learning Spaces. York : Advance HE p. 5-17. 13 p.

Learning spaces
Bligh, B., Crook, C. 14/05/2017 In: Technology enhanced learning. Springer p. 69-87. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Activity Theory in empirical higher education research: choices, uses, and values
Bligh, B., Flood, M. 04/2017 In: Tertiary Education and Management. 23, 2, p. 125-152. 28 p.
Journal article

Technology and the dis-placing of learning in educational futures
Crook, C., Bligh, B. 12/2016 In: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 11, p. 162-175. 14 p.
Journal article

The Change Laboratory in Higher Education: research-intervention using activity theory
Bligh, B., Flood, M. 10/2015 In: Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd p. 141-168. 28 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Examining new processes for learning space design
Bligh, B. 18/03/2014 In: The physical university. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Re-mediating classroom activity with a non-linear, multi-display presentation tool
Bligh, B., Coyle, D. 04/2013 In: Computers and Education. 63, p. 337-357. 21 p.
Journal article

Decoding learning: the proof, promise and potential of digital education
Luckin, R., Bligh, B., Manches, A., Ainsworth, S., Crook, C., Noss, R. 11/2012 NESTA. 89 p.
Commissioned report

Doing learning space evaluations
Bligh, B., Pearshouse, I. 2011 In: Re-shaping learning? . Rotterdam : Sense Publishers p. 3-18. 16 p. Electronic ISBN: 978-94-6091-609-0.

Affordances of presentations in multi-display learning spaces for supporting small group discussion
Bligh, B., Sharples, M. 09/2010 In: Sustaining TEL : from innovation to learning and practice. Berlin : Springer Verlag p. 464-469. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The rhetoric of multi-display learning spaces: exploratory experiences in visual art disciplines
Bligh, B., Lorenz, K. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1, p. 7-27. 21 p.
Journal article

A study of effective evaluation models and practices for technology supported physical learning spaces (JELS): final report
Pearshouse, I., Bligh, B., Brown, E., Lewthwaite, S., Graber, R., Hartnell-Young, E., Sharples, M. 06/2009 JISC. 59 p.
Commissioned report

Authoring diagram-based CBA with CourseMarker
Higgins, C.A., Bligh, B., Symeonidis, P., Tsintsifas, A. 05/2009 In: Computers and Education. 52, 4, p. 749-761. 13 p.
Journal article

Formative computer based assessment in diagram based domains
Higgins, C.A., Bligh, B. 06/2006
Conference contribution/Paper

Educational Development Projects on International Campuses [FASS-Funded]
01/09/2017 → 31/12/2018

Actually Existing Activity Theory
01/06/2015 → 02/06/2017

Leading Questions about Learning Spaces
06/10/2014 → 28/10/2016

The Curriculum Change Laboratory
07/08/2014 → 08/08/2016

  • Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
  • Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning