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José Blázquez

Senior lecturer, Bournemouth University

José M. Blázquez is a practitioner and Senior Lecturer in media production. Previously, he held two postdoctoral research positions at the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. His work has been published in academic journals, newspapers and other publishing venues as well as screened and exhibited internationally. His second monograph, ‘Participatory Worlds: The Limits of Audience Participation’, was published by Routledge in October 2023.

Additionally, José has been teaching and supervising students at Bournemouth University (2019- ), University of Nottingham (2016-2019) and the University of Valladolid (2010-2011) and held research-oriented roles at the University of Granada (2010-2012) and the University of Nottingham (2014-2019).

José’s main research interests revolve around the study of audience/citizens participation and the intersection with new technologies and digital media, covering topics such as creative industries and practices (publishing, film, comic, videogame and photography), transmedia and interactive storytelling, game studies and immersive media. He has also been involved in research projects examining the representation of immigration in news, film and literature and the impact of transmedia narratives in creative industries. José worked with Professor Anna Feigenbaum and other colleagues in the AHRC-funded project ‘Comics in the time of COVID-19: How public health messages are communicated through web-based Comics’. He also led the ACE-funded project 'Press Start', in which he examined three transformative gaming practices (machinima, in-game photography and gamics) and the possibilities they offer to learn digital literacy skills. Additionally, José worked on the project 'Digital Narratives of the Amazon' with other BU and international colleagues of the University of Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. This project, which also involved a Summer School, led to multiple media outputs co-created with students with the aim of helping native communities in the Amazon to preserve and share their culture, language, folklore and history.


  • 2021–present
    Senior lecturer, Bournemouth University
  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral research associate, Bournemouth University
  • 2016–2019
    Teaching Affiliate, University of Nottingham
  • 2014–2019
    Research Library Advisor, Universi
  • 2007–2013
    Media Producer, New Slang Productions
  • 2010–2011
    Lecturer, University of Valladolid


  • 2023 
    Bournemouth University, PGCert in Education Practice
  • 2018 
    University of Nottingham, PhD in Film, Television and Media studies
  • 2011 
    University of Granada, BA in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature
  • 2010 
    Ramon Llull University, MA in Fiction in Film and TV
  • 2007 
    University of Salamanca, BA (Hons) in Fine Arts


  • 2023
    Participatory Worlds: The limits of audience participation, Routledge
  • 2021
    Press Start: The use of videogame assets in audience creative practices, Participatory Worlds

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Comics in the time of COVID-19: Tracking data on web-based comics and evaluating their potential for communicating public health messages
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • 2020
    "Press start": The use of videogame assets in audience creative practices'
    Funding Source:
    Arts Council England