Declan Keeney

    Declan Keeney

    Lecturer (Education)

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    Interests

    Declan is an award-winning academic, documentary filmmaker and Director of Photography, who has worked in the creative industries for nearly 25 years. He has extensive experience of working on large-scale grant-aided projects. His last three documentary films received funding from PEACE III, managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body, with over £180,000 awarded for the film and documentation strands as part of significantly larger project awards. His documentary We Carried Your Secrets, was profiled at the European Parliament in 2014, as best practice in peace and reconciliation work in Europe. Declan is also a Co-Investigator on a recent successful Creative Cluster’s application to the AHRC. The project entitled Future Screens NI represents a £13 million investment in Creative Industries research in Northern Ireland with partners QUB, Ulster University, BBC NI and Northern Ireland Screen. Until recently Declan was Head of Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. During his leadership, the department rated first in the UK for Film and Production in The Guardian’s University League Tables for 2017. Declan is now Head of Broadcast Production, leading on the design and implementation of a new subject at Queen’s University, offering industry facing courses created in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland and other local broadcasters. These new degrees explore nonlinear broadcasting, television, radio, VR and other disruptive media platforms.

    Declan gained unique experience working on the front-line of broadcast journalism, factual programme-making and outside broadcasts during his 13 years at the BBC. He currently chairs the judging panel for the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland’s, News and Current Affairs awards. His most recent work, currently in production, is a virtual reality documentary funded by PEACE IV entitled Frictionless. The film explores life on the hard border in Ireland during the Troubles. Declan recently directed a short film entitled 'Recruited' in collaboration with award-winning author and screenwriter Colin Bateman. Declan is PI on the Moving Image Arts longitudinal Cohort study funded by Northern Ireland Screen and the Department of Communities. Declan is also an external examiner at the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth.

    Research Statement

    My interests in Educational research and scholarship extends to educational routes into the industry, skills development, talent pipelines and the role of education in the context of the creative industries. I am also an active film and documentary practitioner making socially engaged film work that is by design, educational, interventionist and socially aware. In relation to educational filmmaking and creative practice, three of my recent documentary films received funding from PEACE III, managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body, with over £180,000 awarded for the film and documentation strands as part of significantly larger project awards. I am currently Artist in Residence within a Peace Building Academy funded by PEACE IV, through which I am making a virtual reality documentary giving voice to victims and survivors of the Troubles as they recall traumatic events in their lives along the hard border in South Armagh, Newry and Dundalk. In relation to developing talent pipelines and industry-based training needs one example connects to my role as  Co-Investigator on a recently successful Creative Cluster’s application to the AHRC. The project entitled Future Screens NI represents a £12 million investment in Creative Industries in Northern Ireland and sees QUB partner with Ulster University, BBC NI and Northern Ireland Screen.

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

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