Staff Profile


Dr Rob McPherson

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Creative Arts & Industries

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921965

Profile summary

I am Senior Lecturer on the Arts and Humanities Foundation Year at CCCU, where I teach students from the schools of Humanities, Creative Arts and Industries, and Languages and Applied Linguistics in our core modules. I also specialise in our media-related module, where I tutor students from these undergraduate pathways: Film Production; Film, Radio and Television; Digital Media; Photography; Media and Communications; Games Design; Graphic Design; Multi Media Journalism.

I previously studied here at CCCU, where I gained my BA (Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies in 2009. I then completed my PhD here in the same discipline, graduating in January 2019. My research specialisms and interests are in the field of media representations of young people and intoxication, where I took a sociological approach to methodology in my PhD research which developed my specialism in qualitative methodology and specifically the use of ethnographic methods and the development of a map of the Canterbury night-time economy.

I am currently engaged in a collaborative research project around pub and drinking histories of Canterbury, based around an original historical source document of a pub survey written in 1939. This will lead to a further developed map of the Canterbury night-time economy, showcasing the cartographic, social and cultural changes over the last three-quarters of a century. Also, I am currently collaborating on a journal article on the American sociologist David Matza, to feature in the American journal Symbolic Interaction which is forthcoming in 2021.

Teaching and subject expertise

Current teaching on Arts and Humanities Foundation Year

Semester One 

  • Understanding Arts and Humanities (Module Leader)
  • Life and Study (Seminar Leader)
  • Foundation Media and Viusal Communications (Module Leader)

Semester Two

  • Being Human (Module Leader)
  • Foundation Introduction to Media, Art and Design (Module Leader)
  • Ways of Seeing Aesthetics (Module Leader)

External activities

  • “Walking in the night-time economy: Drinking destination or Destination drinking?” poster presentation with Dr. Andrew M. Butler: ‘Drinking Spaces and Places Symposium’ University of Bristol 23rd April 2016
  • “Chicago school rules in the 21st Century: methods of research into communities of hard drinking/hard grafting young adult men in the Canterbury night-time economy” conference paper: MeCCSA Annual Conference 6-8 January 2016
  • “Sites of protest and the state: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) and the British rave scene” conference paper: ‘Sites of Protest’ MeCCSA Social Movements Network 29th October 2014
  • “Innovations in Ethnographic Research: The Barman and the Researcher” conference paper: ‘Where now for social justice? The Marginalisation of Young People in the UK’ 12-13th June 2014
  • “Binge drinking or calculated hedonism” conference paper: Symposium of Media and Crime, University of Winchester May 2013
  • “Social media in small non-profit Organisations” conference paper with Dr. Agnes Gulyas: ‘Communities in the Digital Age’ symposium Canterbury Christ Church University June 2013

Publications and research outputs

  • McPherson, R. (2017) ‘“Binge” drinking devils and moral marginality: young people’s calculated hedonism in the Canterbury night-time economy’, Youth Marginality in Britain: Contemporary Studies of Austerity, eds. Blackman, S. Rogers, R. Bristol: Policy Press
  • McPherson, R. (2016) ‘Biography in the laboratory: applying the Chicago school approach to dual research positionality within the night-time economy’, “The Subcultural Imagination”: Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Contemporary Youth Cultures, eds. Blackman, S. Kempson, M. Taylor and Francis
  • Blackman, S. Doherty, L. McPherson, R. (2015) ‘Normalisation of hedonism? Challenging convergence culture through ethnographic studies of alcohol consumption by young adults’, Women and Alcohol: Social Perspectives, ed. Staddon, P. Bristol: Policy Press

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