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Dr. Denis Murphy
Research Fellow, Film Studies


Dr. Denis Murphy holds a Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in the Department of Film, School of Creative Arts. He is completing research on the labour history of screen production in Ireland, 1958-2020, funded by the Irish Research Council. He joined the School of Creative Arts in 2018 as a field researcher on the Ecologies of Cultural Production project funded by Creative Ireland.

Denis is a graduate of Dublin City University (BA Communications, MA Film and Television Studies), and also holds a doctorate from DCU for research on the labour history of film and television drama production in Ireland. Prior to joining TCD, he worked as a lecturer at Maynooth University's Department of Media Studies (2016-2018).

Prior to entering the academic world, Denis worked in video editing, cable TV promotion, news promotion, corporate multimedia production, motion graphics production and television advertising. He has also worked on several short films, editing Right Now Ladies and Gents (2004), and co-producing/co-directing the short documentary The Bookbinder's Daughter (2011).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

John O'Hagan, Denis Murphy, Ruth Barton, Do state funding, geographic location, and networks matter?, Cultural Trends, 2020, p10.1080/09548963.2020.1768026 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Denis Murphy, Fear, loathing (and industrial relations) in the Irish film industry, Estudios Irlandeses, (14), 2019, p321 - 324 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Murphy, Denis, Ardmore Studios, film workers and the Irish State: creative labour in the 'Decade of Upheaval', Saothar - Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 43, 2018, p69--82 Journal Article, 2018

Murphy, Denis, Cardboard Gangsters, Estudios Irlandeses, 13, 2018, p255--258 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Murphy, Denis, A labour history of Irish film and television drama production 1958-2016., Dublin City University, 2017 Thesis, 2017

Murphy, Denis and O'Brien, Maria, Film finance rebooted: the new Section 481, Estudios Irlandeses, (10), 2015, p225--227 Journal Article, 2015

Murphy, Denis, Amber, Screenworks and the production of culture, Estudios Irlandeses, (9), 2014, p223--226 Journal Article, 2014

Murphy, Denis, Ardmore Studios, Film Labour and the Irish State, ECREA European Film Cultures, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Murphy, Denis, Small objects of desire: measuring the success of Ireland's short film schemes, 2010 Thesis, 2010

Arnds, Peter, Ballymore, 2002, - 61-66 Fiction and creative prose, 2002

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Denis Murphy, 'St. Patrick, The Mayor and the Long Con', Sunday Miscellany,, (Sunday Miscellany), RTE Radio 1, RTE, 2014, - Fiction and creative prose, 2014

Research Expertise


Irish cinema Political economy of media Political economy of labour Media industries


  • Title
    • A labour history of Irish screen production 1958-2020
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • January 2021
  • Date To
    • December 2021


Awards and Honours

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2020-2021