Current Research Projects

I am currently involved in research exploring:

* poetry as a tool for researching discrimination, with young slam/spoken word poets in Montreal, in collaboration with Professor Claudia Mitchell at the University of McGill (funded by the National Centre for Research Methods and the University of Brighton).  This part of a broader project to develop a collaborative method of arts-based research, with/for poets, community groups and social scientists.  See here for more information.

* the development of an interactive, multi-arts maze, designed by Root Experience.  The maze aims to enhance understandings of what it is like to live with an invisible illness.

I am also available for research consultancy work, including full project evaluations and analysis of existing data sets.


PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising Bruno De Oliviera for his Community Psychology PhD exploring the impact of austerity policies on homeless people (with Carl Walker and Katherine Johnson)

Past Research Projects

My previous research projects have focused on a number of areas including:

  • the neuropsychology and subjective experiences of metaphor production amongst visual artists and creative writers/poets (with colleagues at CRACKLE; funded by University of Gloucestershire)
  • the lived experiences of people with dementia
  • how arts-based research can combat stigma around dementia
  • digital/online media, peer mentoring and poetry education in the context of youth slam and spoken word
  • participant observation of Apples & Snakes' national youth slam/spoken word project, Shake the Dust.  Click here to read my thoughts about this.
  • an evaluation of a poetry intervention (Try to Remember) for people with dementia
  • the history of youth slam and spoken word in the U.K.
  • an evaluation of Apples & Snakes' national youth slam project, WordCup 2010.  Click here to read this report.
  • performance poets' accounts of why they perform
  • gender differences in the uses of social media (led by Richard Joiner, University of Bath)
  • cross-cultural validation of a scale measuring emotional intensity (with Carole Fantini, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels)
  • how adult and youth poetry slam participants in the U.K. and U.S. construct narratives around slam and their identities as slam participants (PhD thesis, completed with no revisions in 2009 from University of Exeter.  Read more here)

Click on the Publications tab at the top of this page to find out more about the publications and presentations resulting from these research projects.