Dr Lisa Gee

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Department of English Literature
Research Fellow in Future Thinking

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Department of English Literature
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

As Research Fellow in Future Thinking, Lisa is working with Professor Max Saunders on developing a network and project(s) exploring different modes of thinking about the future. She is Programme Director and editor of the FUTURES essay series, Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College, London, and Associate Fellow of the Centre for Visual Culture, University of Cambridge, and from 01/08/2018-31/03/2020 was External Research Consultant on the Hayley Papers at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She is an online facilitator for HSM Advisory, and, as associate director of Furner Communications, facilitates an online inclusion panel for the Health Foundation.

Lisa is the author of Stage Mum and Friends: Why Men and Women are from the Same Planet, and the editor of Bricks Without Mortar: the selected poems of Hartley Coleridge and is a regular judge for the New Media Writing Prize.


  • PhD Digital Writing by Practice – ‘HayleyWorld: a zoeography of William Hayley (1745-1820)’, 2018, Bath Spa University
  • City & Guilds Sound & Music Technology (Distinction) 2010, City of Westminster College          
  • MA Literature and Politics 1776-1832 (Distinction) 1996, Roehampton Institute (now the University of Roehampton)
  • University Certificate in Computer Studies, 1993, University of Brighton
  • BA International Relations (2ii), 1985, University of Sussex


Prior to joining the University of Birmingham,  Lisa was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Ego Media Project at King’s College London, where her primary responsibility was to pull together, and contribute to a digital publication to which all team members contributed (currently under review with Stanford University Press). Her PhD by Practice involved collaborating with developer Michael Kowalski to create HayleyWorld, an interactive biography of William Hayley (1745-1820).

Lisa has worked in publishing as a publicist and, throughout the noughties, edited the Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women’s Prize for Fiction) website, where she also sat on the Prize Management Committee. She has been Associate Director of Furner Communications Ltd for 20 years, working on a variety of accounts in the third and public sectors, and has written for most national newspapers. She has written two non-fiction works, edited a collection of poetry, and is contributing author to several other works. She initiated and made Disequilibrium with – and about – composer and binaural sound maven Nick Ryan for BBC Radio 3’s “Between the Ears” strand. The programme was selected as one of the nine best in the series’ history.


As Research Fellow in Future Thinking, Lisa is working with Professor Max Saunders on developing a network and projects exploring the impact and effectiveness of different modes of thinking about the future. As part of this work, she is Programme Director of FUTURES by Tortoise, a series of essays exploring possible futures written by leading authors, thinkers and subject experts, published by Tortoise Media Ltd in conjunction with Unbound.

In addition to her future-focused work, Lisa is also working with a team at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, to develop A Museum of Relationships: a pilot digital edition of the correspondence of William Hayley (1745-1820).

Her research interests include:

  • Literature, art, culture, society, history and politics of/in the long eighteenth century
  • Creative writing
  • Digital narratives/storytelling