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, at others more of a professional practitioner. Either way, a large proportion of my research has been explored through practice.
In 2014 I designed a peripatetic ‘mini-festival’ to go into the homes of socially isolated people with dementia, via the AHRC-funded project ‘Bloomsbury Festival in a Box’.
As of 2021, my research is paused as I focus on a new role as Head of Civic Engagement at Goldsmiths, University of London. This is not an academic post, and is fully hands on. In my own time, however, I am still reading, writing and occasionally publishing new work on cities, urban cultures, and engagement. This mostly happens in the form of short pieces of journalism or creative writing.
‘Documenting Disappearance: A Day in the “Research Laboratory” of Iona and Peter Opie‘. Performance Research. (2020)
‘Festival in a Box’: Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. (2016).
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).
‘Cells, Recesses, Tombs: Vertiginous Spaces in Bataille’s Le Bleu du ciel’. MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, Vol. 4.(2009).
Media pieces and blogs
‘Public Engagement in a Pandemic – lessons from Being Human’. Wonkhe. (2020).
‘When the Festivals Fell Silent’. Arts Professional. (2020).
‘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 exceptional. Arts Professional. (2018).
Still Invited to the Party: Festival in a Box. Arts 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).