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Academic Biography

I am an experienced lecturer, facilitator, and researcher with over 15 years experience in research, impact and evaluation, and leadership and organisation development.

My current work involves working closely with communities and organisations to imagine and devise alternative socio-cultural futures. I specialise in arts-based inquiry, civic and community engagement, imagination, and impact.

I take an interdisciplinary approach to both my research and teaching, drawing on artistic practices and humanities methodologies to explore, challenge and interrogate notions of community engagement, regeneration, and social innovation. I have a particular interest in culture, community, leisure and tourism on the coast.

I have designed, developed, delivered and facilitated a broad range of organizational development initiatives at all career levels, delivered international CPD programmes (British Council, Erasmus+, Irish Research Council), as well as training for universities across the UK (King’s College London, University of Northampton, Liverpool University, Brunel University, Association of Research Managers and Administrators). 

Summary of Research Interests

My research explores how the arts and humanities approaches can shape, inform and underpin approaches to civic, policy, and community engagement. I am currently working on three interrelated projects:

  • South Tees Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC): As a Co-Investigator on this project, I support the development of an evidence-based and community engaged approach to place-based research, working with local authorities teams to increase research capacity and capability and imagine alternative approaches to democratic engagement.
  • Cabaret of Possibility: this project looks at how the medium of cabaret can provide an alternative and imaginative format for education and engagement, unsettling traditional notions of CPD, learning and development, and executive education.
  • The "Un-Creative Industries?": With a focus on businesses that fall outside of the creative industries remit, this work-in-development explores how arts and humanities research and practices can contribute to shaping business strategy and practice. It looks at how arts and humanities can help foster meaningful engagement with pressing business issues such as stakeholder and community engagement and social and environmental impact. 
  • Coastal Culture: this project-in-development considers how leisure and entertainment have shaped and continue to shape our experience of the coast. It looks at how a focus on coastal leisure and entertainment can contribute to the regeneration, reinvigoration, and reimagination of costal towns and resorts.

External Roles and Professional Activities

I am the co-founder and managing editor for the Journal of Research Management and Administration. I was previously a member of ARMA's EDI Advisory Group and Professional Development Committee, external member for Goldsmiths Research Ethics and Integrity Committee, and an external examiner for Strathclyde's PGCert in Researcher Development and Knowledge Exchange.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I have led modules on responsible leadership, personal and professional development, and business planning and strategy. My teaching focuses on how we can reimagine our future lives and livelihoods through the lens of critical hope.

Academic Responsibilities

Managing Editor: Journal of Research Management and Administration

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The "Dramatic" Overture and the Idea of Tragic Narrative, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Master, Music, Merit, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Oct 2004

Bachelor, Music, First Class, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Aug 2002

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