Professor Sarah Edge

Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies


Centre for Media Research


Room BC-06-129 Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Life Before Ulster

Professor Sarah Edge  has a long and varied career history.  Sarah trained as a Fine Artist and then as a Social Art Historian. After graduation, she worked as a feminist exhibitions curator in Rochdale in Lancashire programming radical art events and exhibitions for 10 years. Sarah also exhibited as a feminist performance artist, worked on collectives for feminist publications such as FAN and published in various magazines.

In 1991 she came to Ireland and took up a post in Media Studies in Coleraine and continues to teach within the School . More recently Sarah has been expanding her interest in the power the media holds in social media’s impact on young people’s mental health.  Sarah is developing her knowledge in this area by undertaking an MSc in Art Therapy and teaching gender and media studies to Communication and Counselling students.


Sarah’s particular area of expertise has been in gender studies and the media, basically how do media messages influence our gender identities. Sarah also teaches in the area of photographic theory and history.

Sarah’s interests are in very early Victorian photography and its role in constructing identities of class gender, as well as the role in the formation of an Irish national identity,

Sarah has published in this area.  She also brought a strong pedagogic drive to the media studies degree programmes to integrate media theory with media production.

In the past she has worked very closely with the regional and national creative industries to align this to career development. In 2007 she was a founding member of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy.


Sarah’s research publications mirror these interests. Having published widely in the area of gender studies and in relation to its interface with the conflict in Northern Ireland both historically and as part of the Troubles.

Sarah has also published in the area of photography, with her  most recent monograph being a culmination of many years of research into the photographic archive of Arthur J Munby. The Extraordinary Archive of Arthur J Munby: Class and Gender in early Victorian Photography London. (I.B. Tauris).  She continues to practice as a photographer and having her exhibited. Most recently Sarah has been experimenting with the practice of performance lectures at events such as Resfest, Belfast The Ulster Museum. It is worth noting that Sarah has a PhD with Practice and has experience of supervising and external examining PhD’s with Practice in photography.

Civic Roles

In the past Sarah has been a member of various creative industry boards, Skillset, NI Screen. She also acts as a juror at Film Festivals.  Sarah has also undertaken engagement with schools through photography projects.

Most recently she was part of a partnership that ran the training programme Be Seen Be Heard to address the under representation of regional female voices in new coverage. In 2013 she managed the skills pillar of the £ 3.6 Million: Honeycomb- Creative Works business support programme for the Creative Industries

In line with her most recent interests she has presented her research findings on young people mental health and modern media at Stormont

As well as at various cross-disciplinary and civic events.