Dr Emma Austin
senior lecturer, School of Media and Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth; researcher, horror in popular culture

Dr Emma Austin is a senior lecturer and Employability and Enterprise coordinator in School of Media and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth. She completed her doctoral thesis on the cultural significance of zombies: A Strange Body of Work: The Cinematic Zombie in 2010. Since then, her combined fear and fascination have seen her continue her research and teaching on Horror in popular culture to develop an undergraduate unit, offer input on A-level teaching packages and in various published formats, looking at zombie runs, walks and the differing cultural uses of the zombie in various formats. She also writes on horror tropes and the construction of genre.

She can run – not fast – but as long as it’s faster than you and the zombie then it does not matter.