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Research Staff

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Professor Sarah Whatley (Director)

Performance, digital, digitisation, choreography, somatic dance, dance and disability and dance archiving

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Dr. Scott deLahunta

Choreography, dance documentation and digitisation, new forms of publication and interdisciplinary research

 Ruth Gibson

Ruth Gibson

Motion capture, virtual reality, augmented reality, installation, performance and performance games

 Emma Meehan

Dr. Emma Meehan

Irish dance and theatre, practice as research and somatic practices


Dr. Karen Wood

Contemporary dance practice, choreography, dance film and dance science


Dr. Hetty Blades

Dance and technology, analytic philosophy, documentation and archiving

 Michaelina Jakala

Dr. Simon Ellis

Choreography, dramaturgy, practice-as-research, screendance, digital performance and dance improvisation

 Dr. Eline Kieft

Dr. Eline Kieft

Qualitative research methodologies, dance, healing, empowerment and spirituality

 Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Dance, flamenco, dance history, Roma community and participatory research

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Kate Marsh

Disability in dance

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Professor Charlotte Waelde

Intellectual property law, copyright, copyright and digital technologies, human rights,

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Jonathan Burrows

Contemporary dance and performance practice

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Dr. Victoria Thoms

Political, social and embodied understandings of identity, feminist theory and deconstruction

 Rosemary Lee

Rosemary Lee

Choreographic practice, participatory practice, somatic practice with people with a range of experience

 Dr. Susanne Foellmer

Dr. Susanne Foellmer

Corporeality, reconstruction and heritage in performance and contemporary dance

 Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies

Choreography, interdisciplinary practice and collaborating across art forms

Associate Staff

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Andrea Barzey

Performing arts

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Dr. Natalie Garrett Brown

Somatic Informed Dance, Collaborative Practice, Site-Responsive Dance

 Dr. Sara Reed

Dr. Sara Reed

Somatic practices, dancers education/training, dance pedagogy

 Katye Coe

Katye Coe

Dancer, practice as performance, curating dance, choreographic practices

 Dr. Nicola Conibere

Dr. Nicola Conibere

Contemporary choreography, spectatorship and politics of performance

 Dr. Lynsey McCulloch

Dr. Lynsey McCulloch

Early modern literature and performance

 Professor Neil Forbes

Professor Neil Forbes

Twentieth century international history

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Professor Mark Evans

Theatre, performance and theatre training

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Dr. John Habron

Dalcroze Eurhythmics (practice, history, theory), music therapy, medical humanities

Post-graduate Research Students

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Jenny Coogan

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Marie-Louise Crawley

 Dr. Sara Reed

Gustavo Fijalkow

 Debbie Fionn-Barr

Debbie Fionn-Barr

 Rebecca Stancliffe

Rebecca Stancliffe

 Becca Weber

Becca Weber

 Cathy Washbrooke

Cathy Washbrooke

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Bahar Fattahi

 Teoma Naccarato Thumbnail

Teoma Naccarato

 Emilie Gallier Thumbnail

Emilie Gallier

 Lisa Wilson Thumbnail

Lisa Wilson

 Ilya Vidrin Thumbnail

Ilya Vidrin

 Sara Wookey Thumbnail

Sara Wookey

 Kathryn Stamp Thumbnail

Kathryn Stamp

 Colin Poole Thumbnail

Colin Poole

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Margie Medlin

Research Support Staff

Lily Hayward-Smith

Research Administrator

Joanne Lloyd

Research Delivery Support Partner

Tim Hammerton

Programme Manager – RICHES and Europeana Space

Michelle Murphy

Research Delivery Support Assistant

Alli Sellors

Operations Manager

Visiting Professors

Helen Poyner

Professor Helen Thomas


Dr Amanda Williamson

Caroline Bowditch


Visiting Fellows

Dr. Gill Williams

Harriet Deacon