Dr Paul Newland


College Director, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Contact Details

email: p.newland@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 543228

Paul joined the University of Worcester in 2020 as Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the College of Arts, Humanities and Education. He previously worked at Bath Spa University and Aberystwyth University.

His research specialisms span English Literature and Film Studies. He has published books on representations of London’s East End in literature and film, British cinema of the 1970s, British rural landscapes on film, and British art cinema. 

He is currently involved in research which looks at the relationship between film, cinemas and architecture.


  • BA (Hons) English (Exeter)
  • MA English (Exeter)
  • PhD (Exeter)


Teaching and Research

Teaching Interests

Paul has taught on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, across English Literature, Film, Media Studies, and Critical Theory. 

Paul has successfully supervised a large number of PhD students. His specialisms are British cinema history, the city in film and literature, modernism and postmodernism, and representations of landscape and architecture. He also supervised creative-practice projects.   

If you are interested in studying for a PhD at the University of Worcester, please contact Paul for further information about his topics of interest.

Research Interests

  • British cinema
  • The city in film and literature
  • Cinema and architecture
  • Representations of rural landscapes
  • Film sound and music

Recent Publications

Paul’s publications since 2016 include:

British Art Cinema (with Brian Hoyle) (Manchester University Press, 2019)

British Rural Landscapes on Film (Manchester University Press, 2016)

‘Shaun of the Dead and the Construction of Cult Space in Millennial London. In: London on Film: The City and Social Change. Screening Spaces. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 193-203.

‘Space, Place and Architecture in British Films: The Case of Last Resort (2000)’. In: A Companion to British and Irish Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, pp. 372-385.

‘I didn't think I'd be working on this type of film’: Berberian Sound Studio and British Art Film as Alternative Film History.’ Journal of British Cinema and Television, 13 (2). pp. 262-277.

‘The Spatial Politics of the Voice in Patrick Keiller’s Robinson in Ruins (2010)’. The New Soundtrack, 6 (2). pp. 129-142.

Please visit Paul’s WRaP pages for further information about these publications


External Roles

Paul is on the editorial board of the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and the International Journal of Creative Media Research

Paul is a regular peer reviewer for a range of academic journals and publishers.

He is an experienced external examiner for doctoral students.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)