Simone Kurtzke
Title: Dr
First Name: Simone
Surname: Kurtzke
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263968
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Duties and Responsibilities

Role and Background

Dr Simone Kurtzke is a lecturer in Communication, Marketing and Media and her main areas of teaching and research are digital and social media marketing. She worked in the digital industry for eleven years (both agency and client-side) and joined RGU in September 2013.


Simone teaches on Scotland's first practice-based Masters in Digital Marketing where she is the module co-ordinator for Digital Marketing Strategy, Digital PR, and Digital Marketing Project – an alternative to the conventional dissertation. This module allows students to develop and execute a real marketing communications project in conjunction with a live client (e.g. external business or organisation).

Simone has contributed to developing the digital marketing and communications curriculum across the School, as well as teaching in the areas of International Marketing, Marketing planning and strategy and related subjects. In addition, Simone supervises Marketing and Business Management dissertations at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.

On the web

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Academic Background

Simone holds a BA in English / Women's Studies and an MA in Digital Moving Image from London Guildhall University. Her PhD from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University investigated online video and its production and consumption from 1998-2005 – the area of ‘web 1.0′, just before the breakthrough of YouTube (2006) and the advent of social media.

Research Interests

Simone’s research interests are digital marketing communications in SMEs including in the B2B (industrial marketing) context. She is furthermore exploring the use of digital marketing industry research and concepts (such as Content Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation) within academia. Her applied research aims to bridge the gap between marketing education and 21st century industry needs.

External / Professional Roles

Simone is a digital marketing practitioner and involved with digital projects and consultancy for a number of clients. She owns and manages the sites SocialScotland and The Digital Scot.

Her current academic roles include external examinerships with the Dublin Institute of Technology and the BVS Business School Zurich.


KURTZKE, S., 2015. "Social Media Marketing – 2015 and beyond". In Top of the Agenda Issues, The Business & Management Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London.

KURTZKE, S., 2014. “Is my website working?”  Webinar [online]. In HIE / Tourism Intelligence Webinar Series – Digital. Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness. 


2013 – The Digital Awards, Shortlist, Category ‘Travel & Leisure’

2012 – CIPRide Awards, Silver, Category ‘Best use of Social Media’