Dr Johnson to lead the Creative Industries Research Network at Brookes
We are happy to announce that Dr Miriam Johnson is now leading the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Research Network (CIRIN).
Dr Johnson is a senior lecturer in media, journalism, and publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Her research focuses on the intersection of technologies, performance, and the creative industries; alongside aspects of marketing including social media marketing and branding.
She is on Oxford Brookes University’s academic board, between 2019-2023 was subject coordinator for our well-respected Masters of Publishing Media, and Digital Publishing programmes, and is currently on the board of the Association for Publishing Education. She has written two books on the role of digital communities and social media in publishing: Books and Social Media: how the digital age is shaping the printed word (2021) and Social Media Marketing for Book Publishers (2022) alongside Helen Simpson.
Before moving into academia, Miriam was enmeshed in the world of literature and literary organisations including Scottish PEN and Scottish Book Trust. She ran immersive literature projects in the city, and was a secondhand bookseller in Edinburgh. She co-founded and ran The Istanbul Review which published works by and interviews with authors and politicians such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Elif Shafak, Gerhard Schröder, Paulo Coehlo, Terry Pratchett and more.
Miriam's latest research focuses on AI and publishing, from its ethical application and how it can be utilised in positive ways. She and her co-author Helen currently run The Strategy Brief, a weekly newsletter on marketing for publishers and authors. And, Miriam has written pieces on the ethical use of AI in publishing, and how publishers can incorporate AI into their workflows for The Bookseller, and one on social media use in HE classrooms for Times Higher Education. She has also been quoted in The Guardian, The Times, and upcoming in the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is the editor of Logos, and is working with Taylor & Francis to develop Immersive Technologies, a new academic journal that brings together computer and data science with the creative industries.
Miriam is looking forward to this new role with CIRIN, to help engage its members both in the University and industry. Find out more about it here, follow Cirin on X and join its new LinkedIn group, where Miriam says, "we plan to share information about events and funding calls, and create a community around the creative industries research and innovation". Watch this space.