Professor Gareth R Schott

Gareth Schott

Head of School of Arts

Qualifications: PhD (University of Wales, Cardiff); Diploma in Social Science Research Methods; BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences (First Class)

About Gareth

Professor Gareth Schott is a media psychologist, media scholar and creative practitioner. He is equally comfortable employing traditional research methods, practice-led or practice-based research approaches. His own praxis includes soundtrack composition and performance. He has published research on gender and digital game cultures, measurement of player experience, media regulation and gamic appropriation of violence within ludic structures. His current research focuses on representations of dying, death, grief and loss within film, television content, graphic novels, documentary, music and games. He holds an interest in the changing nature of death awareness, death rights and rites.

His research has been funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), University for Industry (UK), Royal Society of New Zealand: Marsden Grants (NZ) and Office of Film and Literature Classification (NZ).

Professor Schott is able to supervise Masters and PhD research across a number of disciplinary areas - including education, media studies, creative practice, design practice, psychology and computer sciences.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Redder, B., & Schott, G. (2022). Rats, plagues, and children, Oh My! Multimodal representations of the past in historical games. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 1-21. Retrieved from

  • Schott, G. (2022). Death to disposal: Echoes of American Psycho in The Rainbow of Her Reasons (Six Feet Under). In K. Barrett (Ed.), ReFocus: The Films of Mary Harron (pp. 125-140). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Schott, G. (2021). All Of My Life, Just Like I Was One of Them: Transitioning Punk. In Misogyny, Toxic Masculinity, and Heteronormativity in Post-2000 Popular Music (pp. 205-231). Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-65189-3_12

  • Schott, G. (2021). ‘I know death. He’s got many faces:’ The presence of death in young peoples’ media. Mortality, 26(4), 367-375. doi:10.1080/13576275.2021.1987669

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Screen and Media

death and dying; death rights and rites; gender identity; digital games studies; media psychology; representation; research by creative practice