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Dr. Frania Hall is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of MA Publishing at London College of Communication. With 20 years experience in the publishing industry, Frania has worked as a Publishing Director and Business Manager at three companies, specialising in content development, commissioning, publishing management and market research.
Frania has worked across a variety of publishing sectors, including academic publishing at Routledge, educational at Hodder and Stoughton, business at Pearson with the FT imprint and most recently legal and professional at Informa and Sweet and Maxwell. She has overseen various publishing businesses and portfolios from trade management books to school textbooks; academic works to legal databases and B2B newsletters to specialist magazines.
Frania has experience managing most aspects of a publishing business, predominantly editorial but also marketing, production and subs management as well as experience in advertising and journalism. She has been involved in mergers and acquisitions activity and integration. She also worked on short secondments in Australia and the US.
Frania teaches on the MA in Publishing and the BA in Magazine Journalism and Publishing and has run sessions on creative entrepreneurship. She teaches on a variety of units including the research methods units and has set up a variety of collaborative projects with organisations including the V&A, RA, Penguin Random House, Makerversity, BIS Publishers and Syngenta.
Frania’s research focuses on the areas of creative collaboration, digital publishing, processes for innovation, network behaviour and organisational structures in the creative industries. She is interested in exploring concepts around para-organisations and collaborative mindsets in publishing and museum sectors.
Frania speaks at international conferences and has lectured at University College London, Kings College London, University of Plymouth, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Hogeschool van Amsterdam and Fondo Cultura Economica, Mexico. She has set up and run training programmes with major Chinese Publishers including PPMI and Phoenix. She has set up and run a research symposium on Zines, having carried out research with the LCC Zine special collection and presented on zine pedagogy for diversity at various events including DEL in Toronto.
She is founding member of the Creative Industries Management Research Hub based at LCC and Treasurer of the Association for Publishing Education.
Frania is author of 'The Business of Digital Publishing' (Routledge), a textbook for students. She has articles in learned journals such as Logos, as well as a chapters in books with OUP and Wiley Blackwell focusing on editorial and publishing structures.
She is Teaching and Learning Innovation Lead for the Media School and is part of the team that created the Blend-It online digital learning programme for staff at LCC.
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