Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Brett Lashua
About Dr Brett Lashua
Dr Brett Lashua is a Reader in Leisure and Culture. His interdisciplinary research spans leisure, popular music, cultural heritage, urban spaces and social inequalities. Arts-based ethnographic methods, collaborative projects and creative technologies (e.g., transmedia storytelling) are central to his scholarship.
Brett's work is located in critical cultural theories of leisure, space and place, identities, and representations. He recently co-edited "The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory" (2017, with Karl Spracklen, Erin Sharpe and Spencer Swain) and "Sounds and City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization" (Palgrave 2014, with Karl Spracklen and Stephen Wagg). A co-edited second volume of "Sounds and the City" is contracted and in development to be published in 2018.
Since joining Leeds Beckett University in 2009, Brett’s leisure scholarship has included documentary filmmaking, collaborative music-making, cultural mapping, arts-based urban interventions, and archival research. Brett was recently awarded a Research Fellowship through the Center for Popular Music Studies, Case Western Reserve University (USA) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to conduct research in the Rock Hall archives (2017). A book, titled "Popular Music, Popular Myth and Cultural Heritage in Cleveland: The Moondog, the Buzzard, and the Battle for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", is contracted (Emerald) for publication in 2018.
Brett currently teaches across a number of courses, including the BA(Hons) Entertainment Management course, BA(Hons) Sport and Social Sciences course, and MA Popular Music and Culture course. Within these, Brett leads on research methods, cultural geographies, and popular music modules.
Brett's recent research has also included a 3-year Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project for arts engagement (transmedia storytelling) with young people in stigmatized neighbourhoods in Canada (2014-2017, with Erin Sharpe and Cathy van Ingen). He is also part of a Leeds Beckett University funded Research Cluster project titled Creativity, Protest and the City (2016-2017, with Ian Lamond, Zoe Tew-Thompson and Lynne Hibberd). Brett's contribution to this research cluster was a self-contained bicycle cinema apparatus, developed in collaboration with Simon Baker and Sheffield University PG architecture students.