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Professor Mariana Lopez
Professor in Sound Production and Post Production



I am a Professor in Sound Production and Post Production at the School of Arts and Creative Technologies, where I've been working since 2016.

I have a background in music, sound design and acoustics. My MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled ‘audio film’ that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences.  In 2013 I completed my PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama.

I am also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of film and theatre productions, as well as other creative experiences.



I am the Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Enhancing Audio Description II: Implementing accessible, personalised and inclusive film and television experiences for visually impaired audiences.’ I was also the Principal Investigator for Enhancing Audio Description, also funded by the AHRC (2016-2018), and the British Academy funded project ‘The Soundscapes of the York Mystery Plays’. I have also supervised Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships throughout the years, including the project 'Safe and Sound Drive: Design of a serious game for cars to help increase driver skills and lower fuel consumption' by Dr Arne Nykänen and Dr Lidia Álvarez Morales' work on 'Cathedral Acoustics. Sound as intangible heritage: preserving the acoustics of cathedrals in the United Kingdom'.  I am currently supervising the project 'Acoustic Atlas: cultivating the capacity to listen' by Dr Cobi van Tonder.


I am currently supervising and have supervised a number of research projects on different topics, including ASMR and wellbeing; Audio Description in television; Audio Description in games; narrative structures and ADHD; interactive installations; sound design for interactive theatre; and gender equality and diversity in relation to the audio and music worlds.  


Selected publications



● Daniel Walzer and Mariana López (eds.), Audio Education: Theory, Culture and Practice, Routledge, 2020.

Book Chapters

● López, M. ‘Gamifying the Learning Experience: Evaluating teaching methodologies in an introductory module to sound for film and television’ in D. Walzer and M. Lopez (eds.), Audio Education: Theory, Culture and Practice, (Routledge), (2020).

● López, M., ‘Heritage Soundscapes: Contexts and Ethics of Curatorial Expression’ in C. Clarke (ed.), The St Thomas Way and the Medieval March of Wales: Exploring Place, Heritage, Pilgrimage, (Arc Humanities Press), (2020).  

● López, M., ‘Sound Installations in Heritage Sites’ in N. Cook, M. Ingalls, D. Trippett and P. Webb (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Music and Digital Culture, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), (2019).

● López, M., ‘The York Mystery Plays: Exploring Sound and Hearing in Medieval Vernacular Drama’ in S. Thomson and M. Bintley (ed.), Sensory Perception in the Medieval West, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, 34, (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 53-73, 2016.  

Journal Papers

● López, M., Kearney, G., Hofstädter, K. (2021). Enhancing Audio Description: Inclusive cinematic experiences through sound design. Journal of Audio-visual Translation, 4: 1, 157-182, DOI: 10.47476/jat.v4i1.2021.154.

● López, M., Kearney, G., Hofstädter, K. and Balla, G. (2020). Enhancing Audio Description: accessible filmmaking, sound design and the importance of educating filmmakers. Journal of Media Practice and Education, 21: 4, 289-304. DOI: 10.1080/25741136.2020.1832830.

● López, M., Kearney, G. and Hofstädter, K. (2020). Seeing films through Sound: Sound design, spatial audio, and accessibility for visually impaired audiences. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 1-28, DOI:10.1177/0264619620935935.

● Álvarez-Morales, L., López, M., Álvarez-Corbacho, A. (2020) ‘The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House’ Acoustics, 2 (1): 13-36. DOI: 10.3390/acoustics2010003.

• López, M., Kearney, G. and Hofstadter, K. (2018) ‘Audio Description in the UK: what works, what doesn’t and understanding the need for personalising access’, British Journal of Visual Impairment, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 274-291.  

• López, M. (2015) ‘An acoustical approach to the study of the wagons of the York Mystery Plays: structure and orientation’, Early Theatre Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, December 2015, pp.11-36.

• López, M. (2015) ‘Using multiple computer models to study the acoustics of a sixteenth-century performance space’, Applied Acoustics, Vol. 94, July 2015, pp. 14-19.

• López, M. (2015) ‘Objective evaluation of a simulation of the acoustics of a medieval urban space used for dramatic performances’, Applied Acoustics, Vol. 88, February 2015, pp. 38-43. 

External activities


Some of my recent practice-based work includes:
● Sound Designer for 'Monoliths' by Pilot Theatre, funded by XR Stories, 2021-22

● Sound Designer for Waveform (Richard Carter), an audio-visual installation for the Peripheries: Electronic Literature and New Media Art exhibition held at the Glucksman Gallery, Cork, 2019.

● Sound Designer for St. Thomas Way, Swansea-Heresford Heritage Route, 2018.

● Executive Producer for the short film Shelf Life (2018). This film was shortlisted for an AHRC Research in Film Award under the category of Doctoral Award or Early Career Film.  

Contact details

Professor Mariana Lopez
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5248