Charles Hackett
First Name: Charlie
Surname: Hackett
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 263622

Charlie Hackett works as a social-research artist collaborating with specialists outwith the arts arena. His work is participatory arts-based research with a focus on public health, encompassing gender, identity, culture, addiction, and alcohol. The research tries to explain personal feelings and ideas through using mixed media arts methodology and visual methods. It takes place alongside people within their personal space, in order to try to understand and capture their thoughts and feelings and how the environment has impact on their being.

He has regularly presented his work with marginalised groups at the Discourse Power Resistance conference, which crosses the boundaries of arts, education and social sciences.

Research Interests:

  • young people
  • gender
  • public health
  • visual methods
  • opiate addiction
  • homelessness

External roles:

Member of the Aberdeen Forum for the Child, a group of academics from the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University who have a common interest in research and young people.

Current & recent projects.

Alcohol transitions to adulthood
Funded by Glasgow Centre for Population Health (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Research that visualised the invisible pathogen in ward settings.
Funded by AHRC and Scottish Funding Council - 90K

Changing Minds
An arts project with post-homeless men.

Our Story Scotland
Recording the stories of the LGBT community in Scotland.


Transferable skills and the drug dependent: A journey through the City of Glasgow
The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 2013.

Alcohol: Through Our Eyes. Young people’s representations of drinking in Scotland.
Charlie Hackett, Pete Seaman and Fiona Edgar. 2012.

Visualizing the Invisible: Applying an arts-based methodology to explore how healthcare workers and patient representatives envisage pathogens in the context of healthcare associated infections.
Arts & Health: An international Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.

Celebrating Twenty Years of British Gender and IR: CRAFTING THE FUTURE-PRESENT-PAST: Setting the Scene
International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2009.