Don Duncan
  • Room 03.014 - Sonic Arts Research Centre

    United Kingdom

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I am available as a second or co-supervisor. Areas of research interest include (but not limited to): Radio; Audio storytelling; Podcasting; Audio drama; Journalism (audio, video, print); Documentary practice (audio, video); Docu-fiction (audio, video); Folklore and Oral History in media practice; Mediated memory and nostalgia; Blends of fact and fiction in broadcast outputs; Irish language media; Media and multilingualism; Innovations in technology and their impacts on storytelling form; and public service media practice


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Personal profile


I am a writer, storyteller and journalist. I work with the written word, across audiovisual formats, and in live, spoken-word. I like to combine these disciplines.

As a journalist, I have over two decades of international experience working across print, radio and TV formats for outlets including: the BBC, AFP, RFI, RTE, The GuardianThe New York Times, The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others.

As a film-maker, I've written and directed three short films, my most recent film, 'Un Signe, Un Geste,' was screened at some 50 festivals worldwide, winning ten awards.

I hold a practice-based PhD in Media Studies & Broadcast from the University of East Anglia. I studied journalism and documentary to master's level at Columbia University, New York, from where I also earned an master's degree in politics. I obtained a master's degree in film directing and screenwriting from the Belgian State Film School (INSAS). I also hold a master's and a bachelor's degree in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin.


Research Interests

My current media practice focuses on newsgathering; narrative-driven audio and audio-visual media; as well as cross-disciplinary practice, notably with spoken word and live performance.

My current research interests include: docu-fiction and other innovations in the blending of fact and fiction; innovations in technology and their impacts on storytelling form; media and multilingualism; Irish language media; podcasting; and audio drama.


Sept. 2018 – Present
In collaboration with East Belfast Irish language activist Linda Ervine, this project researches how social media and factual animation can help Protestants and Unionists develop a sense of ownership of Irish
Feb. 2020 – Oct. 2021
Exploring how civil rights are affected by climate change in the 16 to 24-year-old age bracket in Northern Ireland. The project, which is run with students, results in factual animations and explores which media platforms are most effective to disseminate these animations through
Oct. 2019 – Present
An annual collaboration between the Broadcast and Architecture departments at Queen’s University Belfast. “Public CoLab” explores how an ecological crisis in Belfast might affect the city and its residents. Each year’s iteration results in a live performance/exhibition and a publication



I currently teach the following modules:

Undergrad Level

BCP1004 Introduction to Broadcast Storytelling

BCP3006 Rehabilitating Reality: strategies, styles and approaches in audio and audiovisual storytelling that commandeer fictional and fictive components to bolster and reassert factuality

Postgrad Level

BCP7003 Broadcasting Genre

BCP7011 Hybrid Storytelling and other creative responses to misinformation

BCP7012 Documentary Practice


Languages: I speak fluent French and Irish, intermediate Arabic (Modern Standard and Levantine) and basic Portuguese.

Professional work portfolio

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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