Jose Blazquez

Dr Jose Blazquez

  • Senior Lecturer in Media Production
  • Weymouth House W206, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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José M. Blázquez is a practitioner and 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).


Dr. Blázquez's main research interests revolve around the study of audience/citizen/community 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 is open to supervise PhD students in any of his areas of expertise.

In Participatory Worlds, he analysed fictional worlds in which audience members can participate with canonical contributions to the expansion of the world. Further study took him to explore interactive tv and cinema, videogames and innovative approaches to create immersive experiences.

Dr. Blázquez worked with Professor Anna Feigenbaum and other BU colleagues in the AHRC-funded project ‘Comics in the time of COVID-19: How public health messages are communicated through web-based Comics’, in the team analysed comics on COVID-19 shared on Instagram during the pandemic, in order to identify patterns and trends in public health communication through social media.

Moreover, Dr. Blázquez 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...

  • Strand 1 - Partnering with the University of Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador (UDLA) in documenting ancestral practices and rituals of the kichwa communities of Ahuano. In this strand, he supervised BU and UDLA students in producing 360º videos, a mini-documentary series and a videogame for Android devices.
  • Strand 2 - In partnership with the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador (USFQ), Dr. Blázquez and fellow researchers worked with the Quijos community to bring folk tales to the screen.



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 SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles



  • Blazquez, J., 2024. Machinima Now! Medium, practice and community. In: Bittanti, M. and Fantacci, G., eds. Machinima tra avanguardia e vernacolare. Milan: Mimesis Edizioni.
  • Blazquez, J., 2024. From players to storytellers: Machinima, in-game photography and gamics. In: Sell, M. and Condis, M., eds. Ready Reader One: The stories we tell about, with, and around videogames. LSU Press.


Internet Publications


  • Comics in the time of COVID-19: Tracking data on web-based comics and evaluating their potential for communicating public health messages (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2021). Completed
  • "Press start": The use of videogame assets in audience creative practices' (Arts Council England, 15 Oct 2020). Completed


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


  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2023)



  • British Academy ERC Network

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