Trevor Hearing

Dr Trevor Hearing

  • Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W214, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Trevor Hearing is a Principal Academic in the Media Production Academic Group. He draws on his background as a filmmaker to research the conceptualisation of knowledge, emotion and identity in a mediatised age. He is particularly interested in how storytelling can help us to communicate complex ideas and feelings about who we are in the context of global, local and migratory perspectives as we encounter significant societal change. His current research projects include the application of verbatim film drama techniques as a research method to communicate the marginalising experience of patients, and the application of ‘psycho-geographic’ filmic methods to understand region, place and no-place in shaping identity.

He takes a particular interest in practice based research and performative methods of scholarship to understand the communication of complex issues in a popular idiom. He undertook a PhD by practice researching documentary film production as a method of scholarship. He has made numerous presentations to conferences and symposia in this field and has recently extended his post doctoral research to include investigation into experimental multicamera production as a scholarly method...


Journal Articles


  • Hearing, T. and Jones, K., 2016. Film as Research/Research as Film. In: Leavy, P., ed. The Handbook of Arts-Based Research. Guilford Press.
  • Jones, K. and Hearing, T., 2013. “Turning research into film: Trevor Hearing in conversation with Kip Jones about the short film, Rufus Stone”. Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences. Sage Publications.


  • Hearing, T., 2019. The Scholarly Studio: The Application of the Television Studio as a Performative Research Tool. In: Creative Practice Research in the Age of NeoLiberal Hopelessness 10-12 May 2018 University of Bedfordshire. tbc.
  • Hearing, T., 2018. The experimental television studio: new opportunities for practice as research? In: MPE & MeCCSA Practice Network Symposium –2018 15 June 2018 University of Lincoln.
  • Hearing, T., 2016. The Scholarly Studio: Developing a new aesthetic of the multi-camera television studio as an academic research tool. In: Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association 5-7 July 2016 Canberra. ASPERA.
  • Hearing, T., 2010. No man’s land: the performative role of landscape in documentary. In: Acting With Facts Conference 1-3 September 2010 University of Reading. Vimeo: Acting With Facts Conference.
  • Hearing, T., 2010. The Things We Remember, The Things We Forget. In: MeCCSA conference 2010 6-8 January 2010 London School of Economics, England.
  • Hearing, T., 2010. A Midsummer Night's Video Dream - a video paper: Dreamscapes, a video sketchbook. In: Journal of Media Practice Symposium 2008 20 June 2008 Institute of Communication Studies University of Leeds, England. Journal of Audio Visual Thinking Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen.
  • Jones, K. and Hearing, T., 2009. Beyond Text: Video and other medium use in qualitative research (Keynote presentation - Film). In: Centre For Qualitative Psychology (Germany) 20-22 February 2009 Weingarten, Germany.
  • Farmer, S. and Hearing, T., 2009. Integrating Professional Media Practice Into Undergraduate and Postgraduate media courses. In: MeCCSA conference 2009 14-16 January 2009 University of Bradford.
  • Jones, K., 2009. “Day Dreams, Night Games” and “Two Heads—Talking”. In: Hearing, T., ed. Center for Qualitative Psychology (Germany) workshop: “Beyond text: Video and other medium use in qualitative research 1 January 2009 germany.
  • Hearing, T., 2008. Crossing Platforms. In: MeCCSA Conference 2008 9-11 January 2008 Cardiff University, Wales. Cardiff: Meccsa Conference.
  • Hearing, T., 2007. Developing documentary film practice as an academic methodology. In: Visual: ADM-HEA annual forum 2007 11 May 2007 Custard Factory, Birmingham, England. ADM HEA.
  • Hearing, T., 2007. "This Paper Is A Video". In: MeCCSA with AMPE Joint Annual Conference 2007 10-12 January 2007 University of Coventry, England.
  • Hearing, T., 2007. I think I am turning academic, I really think so... In: “Minding the Gap”:Reflections on Media Practice & Theory. Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers Training Day 12 May 2007 Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.


  • Hearing, T., 2015. The Documentary imagination: an investigation into the performative application of documentary film in scholarship. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.


PhD Students

  • Mark Bond, 2019. Digital Transitions. Examining the Impact of New Cinematographic Technology on the Moving Image.


  • PhD in Documentary and Scholarship (Bournemouth University, 2015)
  • Cert HE in Higher Education (University of Sunderland, 2003)
  • BA (Hons) in Communication Studies (CNAA, 1980)