Hailey Austin
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I am currently Lecturer of Visual Media and Culture with a particular interest in comics, videogames and the international creative industries. I lead on the delivery of teaching DES401 on Creative and Cultural Industries and teach on the ART101 module which enables students to apply comics design principles to game art. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in 2016 at Creighton University with a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in History. I then received a Master's of Literature in Comics and Graphic Novels from the University of Dundee in 2017, followed by a PhD in English in 2021. The title of my PhD thesis is 'The Anthropomorphic Body as Genre: Comics and Fetish'. 

In 2021, I accepted a research position on Abertay University's InGame International project as the Research and Development Fellow in Transnational Creative Industries. This project had a special focus on the challenges and opportunities for games being made between China and the UK. In April 2022, I received funding from the SGSAH and SFC Saltire Early Career Researcher Scheme to travel to Stockholm, Sweden and study their creative industries. In January 2023, I transitioned to a lectureship role in Abertay's School of Design and Informatics. I am currently a Co-Investigator in the InGAME International Project which wraps up in January 2024.


Current Teaching

  • Module Lead DES 401 - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Module Tutor ART 101 - Illustration and Communication

Former Teaching 

  • Guest Lectures in DES201 - Narrative Design
  • Film Noir
  • Film Genres
  • English Literature
  • Comics

Research interests

  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • zines and (fan)zines
  • videogames and boardgames
  • feminism
  • women in games
  • diversity
  • creative outputs
  • anthropomorphism
  • representation 
  • media
  • culture


I have received small grants totalling £10k from a number of funders including the AHRC, SFC, SGSAH, SCCS, and CURAS.


In 2022, I was awarded the People's Choice Award for Public Engagment at the Scottish Funding Council's Team Saltire Awards. 

In 2017, I was awarded the Grant Morrison Prize for Comics Studies. 

Creative Works

I have created comics for each chapter of my PhD thesis as creative outputs of research. I have also created educational comics for film noir courses and public information comics on Dundee's Archives and Museums as well as partnering with local charities and schools to create comics. 

I have written comics scripts for DC Thomson titles such as Commando, Oor Wullie and Wee Harry. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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