Laura Aguiar

Laura Aguiar


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Dr. Laura Aguiar is a multimedia content creator and lecturer in Cinematic Arts.

As a multimedia content creator, Laura has produced a body of work ranging from documentary films, VR to interactive websites and exhibitions. 

Her practice-based research focuses on making history, art and heritage more accessible and engaging through participatory creative projects in Northern Ireland. She is particularly interested in participatory approaches to storytelling and community engagement and how this can benefit individuals, organisations and society on a number of levels (mental health, skills building, resourcing, accessibility, diversity, and community relations).

Laura is the co-founder and co-director of the Rathmullan Film Festival, a participatory film festival based in a rural village in county Donegal, northwest of Ireland. By actively involving locals of all ages in film programming, event management and filmmaking projects, Laura has helped the festival grow since its first edition in 2018. To date, six festival programmes have been delivered, over 40 films have been made by locals and over five thousand people have visited the festival (in person and virtually), establishing Rathmullan within the Irish film festival circuit.

She holds a BA in Journalism (Fumec University), MA in Media and Communication (Stockholm University), and a PhD in Film Studies (Queen’s University Belfast).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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