Dr Natasa LackovicLecturer
My research interest broadly tackles educational futures as linked to issues and complexities of material and social futures, via interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge, research, curriculum and pedagogy. This incorporates concepts such as visual, material and digital culture, a semiotic theory of knowledge, socio-materiality, multimodality, critical theory and critical media literacy. I am particularly interested in exploring a relational ontology at the nexus of “the society(cultural and ideological production) - ecosystem - material artefacts (e.g. technology)”, as a reciprocal approach to co-existence of all things. My scholarship also includes critical approaches to the construct of graduate employability, identity, and contemplations of post constructs such as post-digital, post-human and post-truth.
Passionate about matters of social justice, interdisciplinarity and relational ontology, focusing on exploring the role of the arts and humanities across subjects and disciplines. I am working on advancing our understanding of the role of artefacts and images in education and in the society, currently an under-researched and marginalised field in educational research and studies in higher education.
Natasa is currently:• a Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation (CHERE),• a Director of Lancaster University interdisciplinary hub “ReOPeN”• a member of FASS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)-LUMS Ethics Committee• a member of Lancaster University Engagement Committee • a co-ordinator of departmental Ethics Committee • a co-ordinator of departmental seminar series "Food for Thought...And Real Refreshment; Interdisciplinary Seminar Series"• a member of the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning and the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education
- PhD module Leader: I teach on the online Doctoral Programme in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement (HEREE) and I lead the module ED.S842: "Enhancing Learning Teaching and Assessment".
- MA module Leader: I lead a module Ed.S836 "Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education" for all students on the departmental online masters programmes.
- I also teach face to face on departmental residential programmes.
- External Examiner, Kingston University, UK.
- Editorial Board, the Postdigital Science and Education journal, Springer.
- Organising Committee, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) "Comics Up Close" academic and public conference, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
- Scientific Board, the AVP, International Association for Visual Pedagogies.
- Reviewer, The Irish Research Council, MENA region research funding panel
Designer, co-ordinator and copy right owner of the Lancaster University's interdisciplinary hub GNC ReOPeN web page, Graphic Novels and Comics Research, Outreach, Pedagogy (and Engagement) Network.
PhD Supervisions CompletedExperienced doctoral thesis supervisor.
- Nafeth Al Hashlamoun
Completed: PhDProject title: Exploring the Factors Affecting an Adoption of E-Assessments Among The CIS Programmes in a Higher Education Institution in the Middle East (HEIME)
- Tony Murphy
Completed: PhDProject title: Exploring the Challenges of Managing Blended Learning Courses in Selected Irish Higher Education Institutes: An Activity Theory Study
- Michelle Flood
Completed: PhDProject title: Shaping Up for Success: A Qualitative Case Study on the Impact of Using Interactive Radar Graphs on Workplace-Based Assessment Practices for Pharmacy Interns in Ireland
- Andrea Moloney
Completed: PhDProject title: From Disorientation to Reintegration: an Exploratory Investigation of Mature Students’ Engagement in Transformative Learning
- Jen Gibbons
Completed: PhDProject title: A Bernsteinian Analysis of the Interplay Between Legal Knowledge and the Legal Professional In University Law Schools in Yorkshire and Alberta: Rule of Law or Rule of Lawyers
- Hennie Yip
Completed: PhDProject title: From Design to Practice: Teachers' Experience and Perspectives of Blended Professional Development in Hong Kong
- Errol Luders
Project title: Mediating multimedia artefacts and teaching-learning experiences relating to Summative Assessment Feedback (SAF) and student overall satisfaction
- Wilma Teviotdale
Project title: Expanding the paradigm of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: multimodality and semiotics of teaching-learning interactions in an undergraduate Accounting programme
I have had more than 15 years of experience in the field of Education.
I began work as Lecturer at Lancaster University in September 2014. Prior to that, I worked at the University of Nottingham as Research Assistant/Fellow, where I completed my PhD in 2014, having been awarded a Visual Learning Lab and the Learning Sciences Research Institute scholarship.
I was a European Council Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the UCL/Institute of Education, where i obtained an international MA degree in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management in 2010.
At Nottingham, I was also working as Teaching Assistant for a master's degree module in Educational Psychology, and won a university's Teaching Assistant award in 2011, as well as an award for my contributions as a postgraduate researcher to the field of Education (a UoN Endowed Postgraduate Award 2011/2012).
I began my career as an English teacher, having completed a BA in English Studies at the University of Belgrade in 2002.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising students whose interests relate to visual, material and digital culture, multimodality, semiotics in education, socio-materiality, social justice/critical theory and critical media literacy. Areas of interest include critical approachers to graduate employability, teaching-learning designs, student empowerment, art-based methods and post-truth/humanism/digital.
Comics for Inclusive English Language Learning
01/12/2018 → 30/11/2020
Communities in control: graphic narratives of health inequalities told by communities across England
01/02/2018 → 30/11/2018
What's your story? Graphic narratives of local residents' lived experiences of well being and social connectedness
01/02/2018 → 30/11/2018
The Comic Project: comics co-creation, reading and well-being
01/01/2017 → 31/08/2017
MultiMAP: MultiModal Artefacts Pedagogy and Proliferation in Higher Education
15/06/2015 → 31/01/2017
Postdigital Science and Education (Journal)
The Comics Project
Association for Visual Pedagogies annual conference (Event)
Membership of committee
The Dukes, Lancaster
Multimodal Methodologies in Education: Dealing with visual and digital data
Participation in workshop, seminar, course
MultiMAP: Exploring MultiModal Artefact Pedagogy in digital Higher Education
Participation in conference
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (Journal)
"Andrew Hendry Postgraduate Scholarship"
“Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award”
- Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education
- Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning