Dr Lisa Perrott

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD Waikato
Bachelor of Arts (Hons, first class) Waikato
Bachelor of Media Arts in Moving Image Wintec

School of Arts


Research Interests

Lisa's research portfolio features a distinctive mix of critical and creative research and a cross-pollination of subject areas. Her current research pulls together several intersecting strands and cuts across diverse topics such as popular music, audiovisual aesthetics, music video, transmedia, animation, cultural studies, celebrity studies, fandom and participatory culture. This interdisciplinary approach allows her to traverse the intersections between subject areas and media platforms, which has produced surprising outcomes.

Such outcomes include Lisa's current role as co-editor of the Bloomsbury book series New Approaches to Sound, Music and Media, an ongoing role emerging from her collaborative research with Holly Rogers and Carol Vernallis. Other current research with this team includes a co-edited volume on transmedia directors and audiovisual media, which draws together chapters from seventeen scholars from across the globe. Lisa is also currently working on her Bloomsbury monograph on David Bowie’s music videos and collaborative process, a conference paper on the subversive tonal complexity of Radiohead’s animated music videos, and a Bowie themed special issue of Celebrity Studies, co-edited by Lisa and Ana Mendes. These forthcoming projects will be published in 2018.

Featured Publications

Perrott, Lisa, Rogers, Holly and Vernallis, Carol (2016) ‘Beyonce’s Lemonade: she dreams in both worlds’. Film International.

Perrott, Lisa (2015) ‘Bowie and Gender Transgression – What a Drag’. The Conversation, Australia:

Perrott, Lisa (2011), Curator of exhibition: Handmade Pixels: Exposing the Animation Process, hosted by The University of Waikato, at the Calder and Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton. Open 1-30 October, 2011. Review by Peter Dornauf:

Perrott, Lisa (2011), Convener and curator of international symposium: Animating Time-space. Hosted by the University of Waikato, on 1and 2 October 2011. Featuring keynote speakers Suzanne Buchan and David Surman.

Recent Publications

  • Perrott, L. (2018). [Review of Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie by Shelton Waldrep]. Cinema Journal, 57(3), 183-187. doi:10.1353/cj.2018.0043

  • Perrott, L. (2017). Bowie the cultural alchemist: performing gender, synthesizing gesture and liberating identity. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 31(4), 528-541. doi:10.1080/10304312.2017.1334380

  • Perrott, L., Rogers, H., & Vernallis, C. (2016). Beyonce's Lemonade: She dreams in both worlds. Film International, 8 pages.

  • Perrott, L. (2015). Music video's performing bodies: Floria Sigismondi as gestural animator and puppeteer. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 10(2), 119-140. doi:10.1177/1746847715593697

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Papers Taught


With her emphasis on integrating creativity and criticism, Lisa's teaching is also informed by her current research, which cuts across diverse subject areas.  These include topics such as audiovisual aesthetics, representation across media platforms, popular culture and contemporary music, music video, animation theory and practice, digital film production, documentary and transmedial direction and assemblage.

Lisa teaches across graduate and post-graduate levels and supervises Masters and Doctoral students. Lisa has the knowledge and experience to supervise post graduate projects that utilise a variety of theoretical approaches and research methods. She has particular experience in supervising projects involving audiovisual analysis, practice-led research, Kaupapa Maori methodologies, audience research, empirical studies of media production and auto-ethnographic methods.

As Screen and Media Arts Advisor for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme, Lisa is happy to discuss the application process with potential applicants.

Associations and Memberships

Lisa is a member of the University of Waikato Audience Research Unit:

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Perrott, Dr Lisa 9184 lperrott I.4.28 Screen and Media Studies Programme