Heidi Morstang

Academic profile

Dr Heidi Morstang

Associate Professor in Photography
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Heidi's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on LandGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Heidi

Heidi Morstang’s practice encompasses moving image, photography and experimental documentary; she is interested in developing visual methods when working on interdisciplinary projects that concern environmental change. She uses images to explore and offer insight into complex and often subtle tensions and conflicts that characterize places, however beautiful our environment might appear.
She has exhibited her photographic work and screened her films internationally since 1995. Her work is represented in several private and public collections.
She is Associate Professor in Photography at University of Plymouth, where she leads the research network
The International Environmental Arts Research Network [previously known as Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts]
Associate Professor in Photography
Leads The International Environmental Arts Research Network [previously known as Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts]
2nd Year co-ordinator BA (Hons) Photography
Dissertation supervisor 
PhD Director of Studies and Supervisor
PhD Examiner 
Personal tutor
Module leader: PHO 501 [Mediations], PHO 518 [Common Challenge - Collaborative Practice]

Supervised Research Degrees

Completion of PhDs 2023: Dr Mary Pearson (PhD)  Title of Thesis: 'Echoes of Time: an exploration of photography, land and memories' Supervisory team: Heidi Morstang (Director of Studies), Liz Wells (2nd Supervisor) 2020: Dr Laura Hopes (PhD)  Title of Thesis: 'Being Vulnerable - Distances of the Sublime Anthropocene' Supervisory team: Geoff Cox (Director of Studies), Thomas Baugh (2nd Supervisor), Heidi Morstang (3rd Supervisor)


Photography. Moving image. Experimental Documentary Film Practice. Documentary Photography. Interdisciplinary collaborations. Environmental Sustainability. Environmental Change.

Pedagogic grants
PedRio funded grant for developing collaborative / interdisciplinary teaching and learning model for arts / science students (‘The Sea and Me’ – collaboration between BA (Hons) Photography students and BA (Hons) Marine Conservation students)
Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
2019 Teaching / research at HDK/Valand, Gothenburg University, Sweden
2016 Teaching / research at HDK/Valand, Gothenburg University, Sweden
2015 Teaching / research at Sorbonne University, Paris, France 

Contact Heidi

Room 219, Scott, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 585242