Associate Lecturer

Dr Lucy Frears' practice-based research on Locative Media includes immersive sound, memories, phenomenology and intangible heritage. The book (3rd edition 2020) and app (2014) based on research around a community oral history project have both won awards. Lucy was the Cornwall Film Festival Director (2005), the Artist Residency Manager at Porthmeor Studios - the oldest continually used artist studios in Britain (2017-2020) and is a member of WAN, the Walking Arts Network.

Publications include:

  • Performing Landscape Using a Locative Media Deep Map App. A Cornish Case Study by Lucy Frears, Erik Geelhoed and Misha Myers in Reanimating Regions edited by James Riding and Martin Jones. Published 2017 by Routledge Oxon and NY.
  • Unlocking Landscape Using Locative Media’ doctoral thesis 2017 University of the Arts London and Falmouth University.
  • (Forthcoming – due August 2021) Performing Cartographies: Getting inside the map by Misha Myers and Lucy Frears in New Directions in Radical Cartography edited by Phil Cohen and Michael Duggan.
  • ‘Hayle Churks – Hayle Tales & Trails’ edited and compiled by Lucy Frears (2010). The 2020 3rd edition includes a new chapter by Lucy.
  • The Deep Map App Reference Tool by Lucy Frears in Livingmaps Network Journal Issue 9. Available: November 2020.
  • Presenting locative media research, practice and methods: ‘Front Lines, Back Yards: Taking A Walk On the Wild Side’ online Dec 16th with the Living Maps Network.

Active Funded Research

  • Re-voicing Cultural Landscapes


External Links

Contact details

Telephone 01326 370410



Year Qualification Awarding body
2017 PhD in Locative Media (awarded an ESF scholarship) University of the Arts, London
2006 PGCHE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University of Plymouth
1989 BA(Hons) Performing Arts Theatre Major Middlesex Polytechnic

Honors and awards

Year Description

Collections Trust Award for the Hayle Churks mobile phone app using memories, photos, maps, information etc.. from various collections.

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My research and practice focus on sound including immersive sound experiences, oral histories, GPS triggered audio, alternative mapping and intangible heritage. I am a practice-based researcher that also uses qualitative and quantitative research methods.