PhD Student Profile

Jo Samuel

Jo Samuel

PhD Student

School: Creative Arts and Industries

Campus: Canterbury

Biographical note

Jo is a full-time senior lecturer in Animation and Digital Media practice alongside being a part-time PhD student. A graduate from the MSc Computer Animation programme at the University of Kent, Jo has worked for many years as an animator and video editor at Pixel Circus. She also has broad experience working freelance as a video editor and animator.

PhD title

Demystifying the mental anxiety associated with breast cancer: the roles of animation and interactivity in practice and theory.

Research outline

A practice based exploration into the roles that different forms of video, animation and interactive experience can play in demystifying the mental anxiety associated with breast cancer.

The unique aim of this research is to identify the most effective way of using different creative technologies to raise understanding of the mental anxieties associated with breast cancer.

Research questions:

  • How can practice based research using video, animation and interactive tools help increase understanding of the mental anxieties associated with the breast cancer journey?
  • How effective are emerging technologies in increasing awareness of the mental anxieties involved with the breast cancer journey compared to the more traditional technologies of video and animation.

Supervisory Team

  • Dr Alan Meades
  • Dr Shane Blackman - (Chair)

External Activities

Co-organiser of Canterbury Anifest

Teaching and Subject Expertise

Jo has over ten years’ experience teaching practical subjects within the fields of Digital Media and Animation across all undergraduate levels. Current modules include: Introduction to Digital Animation, Creativity and New Media, 3D Computer Animation, 2D Computer Animation, Digital Multimedia, Introduction to Digital Imaging and Individual Creative Practice.

She is also a supervisor on the Masters by Research programme and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.


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