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Dr Natasa Lackovic


Natasa Lackovic

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594662

Research overview

My main research interest is in the field of graphic/visual, multimodal and digital methods and theories of education, knowledge, media and communication. This includes public engagement and external artefacts mediation (e.g. photography, digital artefacts and platforms, 3D artefacts, videos, graphic novels, illustrations, any material object, space or place). I am interested how the mind, materiality and emotions are inter-linked and how they make meaning together, in education (higher education and schools), and in the society. If you wonder how to pronounce my name, in the original spelling it is: Nataša (Lacković), the "s" pronounced just like in “Natasha”. 


I am a Co-Director of Lancaster University's graphic novels and comics network GNC ReOPeN: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/reopen/  . This is a pioneering interdisciplinary network, exploring inter-connectedness among graphic narratives (visual communication), knowledge, pedagogy, society and public engagement. In collaborative teams via ReOPeN, I have worked as academic lead and event organiser on an award winning project about pupils' comics creation (The Comic Project with a local artist and the local theatre The Dukes); engaged in international comics based educational inquiry via The British Council/Newton funding; and contributed to NHS/NIHR funded graphic narratives for the purpose of public engagement and explorations of community well being and health inequalities. I chair/contribute to the academic sessions and regular programme sessions of the Lakes International Comics Art Festival (LICAF), and liaise with the festival and national Comics Laureate to develop knowledge in the area of GNC (graphic novels and comics) and education


I have developed an "Inquiry graphics" approach to teaching and research across disciplines, which offers novel perspectives to visual pedagogies as well as theorising learning and knowledge, with a monograph on this topic soon to be published by Palgrave McMillan. 


My interests also include:

  • "University-Creative Industry/Museums/Artists/NGOs/Charity" links and collaboration
  • Critical views on graduate employability (GE); GE paradigm shift
  • Multiculturality and (im)migration, fluid and marginalised identities, critical explorations on how those relate to "internationalisation" and "globalization"
  • Student/participant-created (multimodal) resources and artistic acts for renewed socio-cultural awareness, as well as conceptualisations/theorisation of learning in general and HE in particular


My academic experiences have been enriched by working on projects funded by HEA (Higher Education Academy), EU/EC (FP7, H2020, Erasmus Mundus), Esmée Fairbairn, National College for School Leadership, National Institute for Health Research, The British Council, 14-18 NOW, The University of Nottingham, and Lancaster University. This means that I engaged in various projects, tackling education with 3D cultural heritage artefacts, critical conceptualisations of graduate employability, the role of microblogging (Twitter) in HE, international challenges of digital education, Black and Ethnic Minority students’ achievement, "Inquiry graphics" multimodal pedagogy in HE, art-based cross curriculum teaching of water literacies, and pupils' comics creation to support pupils' creativity with regards to language literacy and their interest in reading. 


I relate to a range of approaches, including multimodality/multiliteracies, semiotics, visual sociology, literacies, culture and pedagogy, critical theory, critical media literacy,  the emerging fields of Edusemiotics (a new theory of knowledge and learning), Numanities (New Humanities), and Post-Humanism/ Digital/Truth. 

In sumary, passionate about these research themes:

1) pictorial images, artefact/object based research and practices in general and higher education, addressing educational and wider community needs;   

2) multimodality and semiotics, questions of materiality and the digital

3) student/teacher/societal well-being, creativity, justice and empowerment.


PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students with the interests aligned with the ones mentioned in this profile.

Current Teaching


Module leader: I teach on the online Doctoral Programme in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement (HEREE) and I lead the module ED.S842: Enhancing Learning Teaching and Assessment at University.

Module leader: I lead a module Ed.S836 "Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education" for all students on the departmental online masters programmes. 

I also teach sessions face to face on all departmental residential programmes.

Career Details

Before coming to Lancaster, I spent four years at the University of Nottingham, exploring the role of digital pictures in HE teaching-learning applied via a design-based research approach (my PhD). At Nottingham, I was also working as Teaching Assistant for master's degree courses and won university award for teaching, working part-time on various research projects to supplement my international fees. I began my career as an English teacher (5 years of teaching experience), having completed a BA in English Studies (Language and Literature) at the University of Belgrade.

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