Michael Brown

  • Professor in Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Business and Creative Industries
  • Cyfadran Busnes a Diwydiannau Creadigol
Michael Brown

About Me

I am Professor of Creative Industries within the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries. My practice focuses on ethnographic and participatory filmmaking for social change. I seek to support grassroots marginalised and disadvantaged people, animals and the environment to have an effective voice in the discussion of issues that directly affect them. The theoretical underpinnings to my work draw on Paulo Freire's ideas of critical consciousness and the pedagogy of the oppressed. I have worked with communities in many diverse situations and countries, both in the UK and around the world. Much of my experience has been in Nepal where I lived for a number of years.

My ethnographic filmmaking is often empirical research, giving valuable insights into the lives of people and communities, making tangible connections between lived-experiences and policy. Utilising my skills in participatory methodologies, I have acted as Principal Investigator on numerous community-based development projects, using participatory, ethnographic and documentary filmmaking to describe processes and facilitate the sharing of recommendations and lessons learned. I facilitate relevant workshops for development organisations, utilising participatory methods that allow stakeholders to share experiences, explore issues, and produce recommendations to enhance sustainable development practice and policy.

A list of my publications is available at my:

USW PURE profile: link:https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/en/persons/michael-brown/similar/

ORCHID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1359

Post Graduate Supervision

I welcome applications for PhD and MA candidates, especially in the areas of: filmmaking for social change, participatory filmmaking, development communication, and ethnographic filmmaking and video ethnography. For a fuller explanation of my supervisory interests and methodology please visit: www.marginalvoices.org/postgraduate-supervision.

Skills And Qualifications

  • Ethnographic Filmmaker
  • Participatory Film Facilitator
  • Strategic Project Planning and Management
  • Educator in Formal and Non-Formal Settings
  • Filmmaking for Social Change


  • Painting Landscapes
  • Mountain Walking


Publications And Past Projects

  • Brick Mule: a year-long ethnographic film documenting the lives of Nepal's working mules, and their relationships with the diverse communities who make their living with them.
  • Champions of Palliative Care: a series of films following the work of pioneering palliative care practitioners within under-resourced communities.
  • Experiences of Childhood: a series of films following the lives of street children and HIV orphans in Nepal and Kenya, embedded into a learning resource for post-primary schools in the UK.
  • Disability and Development: seven films from around the world exploring the lives of young people living with disability caused by their life situation, embedded into a curriculum-linked learning resource for schools in the UK.
  • Fracking In Fermanagh: a participatory film made with rural communities in Ireland concerned about the threat of fracking in their area. The film was screened with discussion in the two seats of governanace on the island of Ireland - Stormont (Belfast) an