Dr Alex Southern

Dr Alex Southern

Lecturer in Education, Education

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Alex originally trained as a film archivist and began working in Commercial Access at the Imperial War Museum Film Archive, before re-training as a Lecturer in Further Education and taking up post as Head of Learning at the Yorkshire Film Archive. Since completing her PhD (Nottingham, 2014), she has worked as a researcher in the charitable sector, and as an academic in Higher Education Institutions.

Her research interests are in film education, and arts and creativity in education. In 2017 and 2018, Alex was appointed Film Education Expert for the EACEA, in the EU Commission.

Alex’s current role focuses on educational research in the fields of creativity in education, pedagogical enquiry, and professional learning.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Educational research methods
  • Archival research methodologies
  • British Education History
  • Film Education
  • Film History
  • Close to practice pedagogical enquiry

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests Research

Research Interests

  • Film education – historical and contemporary policies and practice of moving image media in the classroom;
  • Pedagogies and assessment of creativity in the classroom;
  • Supporting and enhancing dispositions of pedagogical enquiry through professional learning;
  • Representations of play in post-war amateur archive film.