Prof Dinah Lammiman
Dept of Anthropology
Faculty of S&HS
- Joined UCL
- 1st Feb 2020
Dinah joined UCL Public Anthropology from the BBC VR Hub in 2020.
Her research interest is in using immersive media to tell compelling factual stories. While VR has yet to establish itself as a mainstream entertainment medium - outside the field of games - and may never reach that status, its potential as a tool in multiple other arenas is still being explored. Dinah's focus has moved to considering how VR stories can create cognitive shift and particularly how that might influence future VR applications and experiences.
Working with multiple colleagues across UCL she is also exploring how VR can be used as an academic teaching tool, a role playing device and an experiential training opportunity - all with compelling narratives at their heart.
Since joining UCL she has been part of a Storyfutures' research project, to establish common work practices in the medium and several community projects, using VR as an archiving device to capture disappearing environments and evoke memories. Her students have also worked with social workers using VR to help prepare possible adoptive parents. Dinah's continuing industry involvement - particularly through her company PastPorte - is in developing commercially-driven experiential storytelling, often using spatial audio as the dominant element.
I have been leading the Immersive Factual Storytelling programme at UCL since its inception in 2017, working with a team of specialist tutors delivering practical lectures in 360 film production, spatial audio and interactive storytelling. My main areas of teaching are ideation, story development, immersive narratives and audio as a story-telling mechanism. I work with post graduate students.
I am interested in supervising PhD students working on topics associated with immersive technology in factual contexts,
A producer and reporter for BBC Current affairs for 19 years, Dinah's experience in storytelling media is extensive. For much of her career she specialised in making long-form documentaries about parliament and both UK and international politics. She presented and reported on BBC TV and made several hundred radio programmes, many of which she also presented, achieving significant press acclaim with her stories. In addition, she also devised new formats for BBC programmes and spent some time at Cbeebies, the BBC's pre-school division, creating and leading their parenting strategy.
Dinah's main interest throughout her BBC and associated career has been in exploring creative approaches to factual storytelling using new and existing technology. Most recently, before joining UCL's staff in 2020 she was a producer with the BBC's VR Hub - an incubator project exploring the potential for VR as a mainstream storytelling medium. Dinah is also co-founder of PastPorte, and continues to create immersive installations for Museums and Attractions in the UK and elsewhere. Current clients include the Churches Conservation Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, Oxford University and Hampton Court Palace. Her practical industry experience and industry contacts help facilitate student opportunities in and beyond the academic realm.