Research

Research areas

My research interests intersect with my professional practice (and vice-versa). Some of the things that I am interested in include:

  • Cities (how they are written, imagined, governed) and ideas of ‘the civic’.
  • Festivals and public art
  • Research as creative practice
  • Public engagement & co-produced research methodologies
  • Creative Critical Writing

Research meets practice

Since completing my PhD in 2012, my research has developed alongside an ongoing professional career in community arts, public and civic engagement. At times I’ve been more of a researcher, and at others more of a professional practitioner, but either way a large proportion of my research has been explored through practice. I have worked collaboratively with a number of artistic groupings and community arts practices, including for example conducting narrative interviews with participants in Nottingham City Arts’ Arts on Prescription programme and working with a number of grassroots arts charities, initiatives and festivals.

As of 2021, my research is on a backburner as I focus on a new role as Head of Civic Engagement at Goldsmiths, and working on more applied projects. I am however still reading, writing and occasionally publishing new work on cities, urban cultures, and engagement.

Academic Writing

‘Documenting Disappearance: A Day in the “Research Laboratory” of Iona and Peter Opie’Performance Research. (2020)

Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia. Final Project Report to AHRC. (2014).

Arts on Prescription: a qualitative longitudinal outcomes study (co-authored with Dr Theodore Stickley). Public Health. (2013).

The Communality of the Underdeck-Dirty Pretty Surrealism. Sample chapter from PhD thesis. (2012).

‘Cells, Recesses, Tombs: Vertiginous Spaces in Bataille’s Le Bleu du ciel. MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, Vol. 4.(2009).

Other Writing

‘Want to save the humanities? Try getting off your pedestal’Wonkhe. (2019).

‘6 Hidden Gems to Check Out as Part of this Free Festival’. Londonist. (2019).

‘Sex, solitude and secrets: what we learnt from Londoners’ anonymous diaries’. (With Elizabeth Dearnley). The i. (2018)

Tensions between the everyday and the exceptionalArts Professional. (2018).

Being Human and the British Academy. Guest blog for the British Academy. (2017).

Kindred Spirits? University/ cultural partnershipsArts Professional. (2016).

Still Invited to the Party: Festival in a BoxArts Professional. (2016).

Festival in a Box: archives. Talking Humanities (blog). (2015).

Being Human: a new forum for public engagement with the humanities. NCCPE guest blog. (2014).